Big Bend is one of the largest and least-visited American national parks. Over 801,000 acres await your exploration and enjoyment. From an elevation of less than 2,000 feet along the Rio Grande to nearly 8,000 feet in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses and the entire Chisos Mountain range. Here, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States and experience unmatched sights, sounds and solitude. 432.426.3640
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Located in Alpine, Texas, Big Bend's premier live music venue with fine wines and the biggest beer selection in the area.
Alpine, TX 79830 • 432.837.3103
Far Flung Adventures has been putting people and rivers together since 1977, and besides being safe, comfortable and educational, river trips are a whole lot of fun. Terlingua, TX • 800.839.7238
Desert Sports has everything you need for your Big Bend sports
adventure needs—supplies, hire and organized trips.
Terlingua, TX • 432.371.2727 • toll free 888.989.6900
Experience the southwest as cowboys did over 100 years ago. 432.371.2212 • toll free 800.887.4331
Enjoy a tour of the constellations and view the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and other heavenly bodies through large telescopes at our Visitors Center Public Observatory. The program is fun for the entire family and open to everyone. In the event of rain, significant clouds or high winds/dust/humidity, a series of unique indoor presentations will stimulate your interest and curiosity. Refunds due to inclement weather are not available. The StarDate Cafe and Gift Shop open one hour before the Star Party. Fort Davis, TX • toll free 877.984.7827
Discover the magic of Big Bend. Come raft or canoe the canyons, hike the desert or mountain trails, or four-wheel to remote Indian camps, old mines or forgotten homesteads. Terlingua, TX • 432.371.3033 • toll free 800.545.4240
Fly through the air over Big Bend for an experience of a lifetime. Marfa, TX • 800.667.9464
Desert Riding at its finest. Sunset rides, saddle/paddle combos and overnight trips. 432.371.2212
For over 26 years, Texas River Expeditions has been leading guided trips throughout the Big Bend area. Our specialty is river trips with a “naturalist” theme. Our staff spends many hours learning how to teach others about the special ecosystem found in the Chihuahuan desert. Plants, animals, astronomy, geology, cultural and human history are all part of our world in the Big Bend. Come see us—we’ll let you in on the secrets of the desert.
Terlingua, TX • 800.839.7238
Located off Hwy 90 on the Sul Ross University campus, the museum has been collecting and exhibiting artifacts of the vast Big Bend region for more than 70 years.
Alpine, TX • 432.837-8143
Located four miles west of Balmorhea on Texas Highway 17 in Toyahville, this site features a 3.5-million gallon spring-fed pool. 432.375.2370
Located four miles south of Fort Davis on Texas Highway 118, the center introduces visitors to the Chihuahuan desert region. Along with a multitude of desert plant life specimens, the institute offers nature trails and information on the flora and fauna of the desert. 432.364.2499
Permanent and temporary exhibits of contemporary art and sculpture create a dramatic juxtaposition to the stark, desert landscape and rural culture of West Texas. Located on the south side of Marfa, the foundation attracts artists and art lovers worldwide. For more information, call 432.729.4362
An outstanding example of a southwestern frontier military post. The post was in use by the U.S. Army from 1854 - 1891 except for the Civil War years.
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. central time. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Martin Luther King Day. Call for other holiday closures. For more information, call 432.426.3224
Visit the Marfa Lights viewing area almost any night of the year, and you'll see mysterious lights that have piqued the imagination of humans for over 100 years. A structure built by the Texas Department of Transportation houses restrooms and a viewing deck. Bring your binoculars. Watch the free 8-minute documentary video at Apache Trading Post in Alpine before heading out to view the Marfa Mystery Lights.
Visit the old cemetery of the once-booming mining town of Terlingua, drive among the ruins of old structures, enjoy an evening of food and music at La Kiva or the Starlight Theatre, or meet up with one of several river rafting and jeep rental firms that operate their businesses out of Terlingua.
FEB MUSIC FEST
JULY COWBOY CHILI COOK-OFF
AUGUST LIVING WITH NATURE FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER WEST FEST CABRITO COOK-OFF
OCTOBER M2M MARATHON
NOVEMBER COWBOY SOCIAL
DECEMBER GALLERY NIGHT-MARATHON