National Parks

West Texas: Where Adventure and Big Bend Awaits

Who's driving the first leg of our trip? Yep, this guy. West Texas Road Trip,
Who’s driving the first leg of our trip? Yep, this guy.

Can you call yourself a Texan without a trip to West Texas–Big Bend in particular? After living in Texas for 40 years, it’s time to check it out.

The carful of kids usually take a ski trip over the kids break but we couldn’t make a go of it this year. We didn’t have many vacation days left–trips to both sets of grandparents were promised and on the calendar.

Not to be discouraged, I pulled out my handy atlas that I have been toting around since 1994. Looking over the pages, nothing seemed to excite me until I flipped the page to West Texas. Taking a few minutes, I scanned it–Fort Davis, Marfa, Big Bend. Maybe.

Whipping out the laptop, I started checking around. Looked like enough to keep the carful of kids entertained for several days with wide-open spaces and plenty of sunshine. I’d pitch the idea to the kids at dinner.

There's a lot of work in the back of the SUV. West Texas, Road trip,
There’s a lot of work in the back of the SUV.

Idea pitched and accepted. A little research, a few emails and a couple of phone calls, I had an itinerary pulled together.The carful of kids had driven through West Texas on our way to other places but this would be the first time we turn off Interstate 10 headed south.

Table of Contents

Day 1

Drive to West Texas Region from our home in Central Texas.

Grab a bite to eat at Storm’s in Burnet, TX

Stop at Fort Lancaster south of Sheffield, TX along I-10

Check out those Marfa Lights

Spend the night in Alpine, TX

Day 2

Drive on to Marfa and check out the art scene–Chinati in particular

Stop at Fort Davis National Historic Site earn a Junior Ranger Badge

Grab something to eat at Fort Davis Drug Store

Check out the night sky at McDonald Observatory for their star party

Spend the night at the Indian Lodge in Fort Davis State Park

Day 3

Drive to Big Bend National Park earn a Junior Ranger Badge

Spend the night in Terlingua, TX in a cozy cabin

Day 4

Another day in Big Bend to explore and hike

Spend the night in Del Rio, TX

Day 5

Head east through the Texas Hill Country stopping at Garner State Park and Lost Maples State Park

Spend the night in Kerrville, TX

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a pair of 100-year-old houses. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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