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Old 03-25-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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What to See Between El Paso and Big Bend NP?

OK, so it is not a camping request, as I'll be driving a rental car from El Paso to Big Bend National Park, but I know that the well traveled here will have some suggestions as to what I should see on the way there and back. Observatory? Marfa?
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
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A whole lot of West Texas! Check out Balmorhea SP. millions of gallons of water coming out of a spring in mostly arid country. Fort Davis, and Alpine are interesting stops. Marfa if there's something going on in the art community otherwise kinda sleepy.
Plan a lot of time since everything is pretty far away from everything.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:22 PM   #3
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It's been awhile since we were down in that area, but I second Brian in recommending all of the above. I seem to remember Alpine as being particularly charming. When you go through El Paso try to stop at the big rest stop/visitor centes there and pick up some information. One thing we found was that the Texas rest stops/visitor centers are well staffed and have tons of information for the traveler. Big Bend is fabulous! Have fun!
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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Well, if you're there in the evening there's always the Marfa lights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There seems to be some debate about whether it's UFO's or ghosts. Hopefully you can sort it out for us.
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I've not been, but you might want to check out Chinati Hot Springs, near Presidio.

Also, the drive from Presidio to Study Butte (west side of Big Bend park) follows the Rio Grande and is nice. It goes through Big Bend State Park...

Of course, if you go through Alpine, you can visit my sister.
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Be sure to see the wave of immigrants heading north.
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. I plan to make the drive in one day, but I'll have some time to stop off at interesting diversions.
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Ft Davis, Davis Mtns SP and nearby McDonald Observatory, Guadalupe National Park is not far from Ft Davis as is McDonald. Lots of miles and small mountains to traverse. I envy you. Came through there last year and hope to go back over again this year. Too bad the Terlingua Chili festival isn't on now.
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Very nice rest area by Sierra Blanca (I believe it is)....shelters are (were anyway) in the shape of Teepees. On Westbound side, maybe Eastbound as well. Sierra Blanca a small rocky mountain, only one for miles around.

Another rest stop before getting into Van Horn, seems it is near the Time Change Sign (Mountain/Central Time Zones), also near Border Patrol Stop....after perhaps. But on the Westbound side. It has a Vista Over Look, I believe.

Just before getting to Alpine, Westbound side, a nice rest stop in a "canyon-like" area. Nice trees, small mountain/hill rocky area as I remember.

Between Alpine & West Entrance, many vistas, nice drive. Get gas in Alpine before going on.....should be less expensive.

Between Van Horn & Alpine you will find Marfa famous for being the area where the movie "Giant" was filmed and for the Marfa Lights. Not that I have seen the Marfa lights, never traveled in the night time along there for one reason. But remember seeing a lot of Pronghorns along the way.
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Very nice rest area by Sierra Blanca (I believe it is)....shelters are (were anyway) in the shape of Teepees. On Westbound side, maybe Eastbound as well. Sierra Blanca a small rocky mountain, only one for miles around.

Another rest stop before getting into Van Horn, seems it is near the Time Change Sign (Mountain/Central Time Zones), also near Border Patrol Stop....after perhaps. But on the Westbound side. It has a Vista Over Look, I believe.

Just before getting to Alpine, Westbound side, a nice rest stop in a "canyon-like" area. Nice trees, small mountain/hill rocky area as I remember.

Between Alpine & West Entrance, many vistas, nice drive. Get gas in Alpine before going on.....should be less expensive.

Between Van Horn & Alpine you will find Marfa famous for being the area where the movie "Giant" was filmed and for the Marfa Lights. Not that I have seen the Marfa lights, never traveled in the night time along there for one reason. But remember seeing a lot of Pronghorns along the way.
Thanks! Great suggestions.
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