40 Best Things to Do on a Trip to Marfa from a Texan's Point of View (2023)

Things to Do in Marfa

Marfa Mystery Lights

When the sun sets, locals and travelers alike flock to the Marfa Mystery Lights Viewing area to catch a glimpse of the mysterious glowing orbs on the horizon. The exact cause of the lights is unknown, but they’ve been spotted on the nighttime desert horizon long before Marfa became a modern art town. You can see the viewing area to the left as you travel from San Antonio on highway 90. I’ve seen the lights every time I’ve been out (about 4 in total), but I’ve definitely heard about visitors sitting out for an hour and not seeing anything. I’ve seen them appear as floating orbs that appear in a range of colors, even splitting and converging as they move across the horizon.

Pro Tip: Bring a comfy blanket to sit on the concrete wall, or a couple camping chairs, as seating can be hard to find on busy nights. There is a public bathroom at the viewing area, and this is a free activity to enjoy year round.

The Chinati Foundation

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A contemporary art museum housed in old military barracks (and additional buildings in downtown Marfa), Chinati Foundation is the brainchild of renowned artist Donald Judd and originally opened to the public in 1986. It has grown tremendously ever since, and is the hub of the art scene in Marfa. Some of its most notable art installations include Judd’s giant concrete blocks, and Dan Flavin’s untitled fluorescent light installations. There are both guided and self-guided tours available, and reservations are required for both. Tours take 1.5 – 2.5 hours, and are definitely a recommended thing to do at least once when traveling to Marfa.

Presidio County Courthouse

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Located just north of the main downtown street, exploring the Presidio County Courthouse is one of my favorite things to do. In pre-covid times (you may need to check with current access restrictions), you could go up to the top of the courthouse into one of the domed rooms with windows that overlook the entire town. It can be a bit stuffy up there in warm weather, but it’s worth the spectacular view. Another free activity to enjoy.

The Get Go

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There are a couple of options for grocery stores in town, bu The Get Go is Marfa’s version of Whole Foods, only cuter and locally run. They have a great selection of groceries including fresh produce, pantry goods, and wine and beer. If you need to cook yourself a meal while you’re in Marfa (or pick up some snacks for an excursion out of town), this is the place to go.

Pro Tip: Bring your own bag, buy one of their totes as a souvenir, or ask for a box at checkout to carry your groceries, as they are a bagless store.

Prada Marfa

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Another quintessential tourist destination, Prada Marfa is located about 30 minutes West of the town itself, just past the little town of Valentine, Texas. Although it’s referred to as the Prada store, it’s not actually a store store. Meaning there’s no going inside. It’s a permanent art installation created by two Scandinavian artists back in 2005, who dubbed it as a pop architectural land art project. There are indeed real Prada products inside, although there’s only one of each shoe displayed (perhaps to discourage anyone from breaking in). It’s commonplace to pull over to the side of the road here and get out to take photos. Be mindful that although it’s often a quiet highway, it’s still a highway—so be mindful when taking your roadside pics.

Pro Tip: The fence behind the store has become an art installation itself, with visitors bringing locks and other trinkets to leave behind as a remembrance, so bring along something of your own to leave your mark with!

John Cerney’s Giant Highway Art

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On your drive out to Prada Marfa you can’t miss the colorful billboard art featuring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson from scenes in the classic West Texas film, Giant. These were a delightful surprise during a girl’s road trip with friends. John Cerney has tons of roadside art installations across the U.S., and this is one of the only ones I’m aware of in Texas.

Hotel Paisano

Speaking of the movie Giant, if you’re a fan of the film, you’ll want to make a stop at the Hotel Paisano. Several cast members stayed there during the filming in 1955, and you can find photos and memorabilia in the hotel lobby.

Check out the Art

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In addition to the Chinati Foundation, there’s an abundance of art galleries in Marfa, with new ones popping up all the time. Be sure to check out some of the mainstays including Judd Foundation and Ballroom Marfa. Also check out the Marfa Gallery Guide for the latest info on the local art scene.

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Enjoy the Shops in Marfa

There is some lovely shopping to be done in the main strip of downtown Marfa. My favorites include Communitie Marfa (where I bought my favorite straw hat), and Ranch Candy Marfa & Spare Parts (and candy store and boutique). There’s also a collection of shops inside of the Hotel Paisano. The entire town is sprinkled with local shops, though. Be sure to check out Raba Marfa, Moonlight Gemstones, The Wrong Store, and The Marfa Store as well.

Marfa Museum Thrift Store

I’m an avid thrift store lover so when I first discovered the Marfa Museum Thrift Store, I swooned. I came across it before it was open, but I could see a wood and leather children’s chair through the front glass door that was calling my name.

This was my first time out to Marfa, and I was still getting used to all the different times and days things were and weren’t open. In my eager preparations before my trip, I had discovered via Instagram that Kevin Bacon had been out there mere days before we arrived to film a television series. I went back by probably about 30 minutes after the store opened and the chair I’d had my eye on was gone. Not only that, but the woman at the front desk described how the tv crew had just recently dropped off a bunch of stuff at the thrift store after filming wrapped up. My soul was crushed at the thought of missing out on having this gorgeous wooden chair that Kevin Bacon had obviously touched. Forget that my 6 degrees had nearly dwindled to nothing.

But I diverge. Since the pandemic, the thrift store has moved to a new location in town. Now housed in the Marfa Activity Center, you can shop your heart out on gently used West Texas goods Tuesday – Saturday 1-5pm.

Get a Pool Pass

If you’re looking for a place to cool down from the desert heat, then a pool pass to Hotel St. George’s lovely adults only pool (with poolside bar) is a must. Guests of the hotel can access the pool for free, or day passes can be purchased for $30/person. It is a bit pricey for a day at the pool, but well worth it for a place to lounge by the water in town for a day.

Festivals in Marfa

There are a number of festivals that take place in Marfa. These are notoriously busy times to visit, so be sure to book your accommodations in advance, and be ready for longer than usual wait times at local restaurants. Here’s a breakdown of annual events and festivals worth checking out:

April | Marfa Invitational

May | CineMarfa film festival

June | Agave Festival

July | Viva Big Bend

August | Marfa Lights Festival

September | Trans-Pecos Festival

October | Marfa 100 (for all they cyclists out there)

October | Chinati Weekend

The Best Places to Eat in Marfa

Food Shark

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If you’re on the hunt for a delicious lunch option, Food Shark is my go-to. This Mediterranean food truck is a must on my list whenever I’m in town. You won’t regret giving their lamb kabob plate a try. Latest online info says they’re only open on Saturday & Sunday from 12-3pm. Double check and plan accordingly!


Marfa’s Cochineal is my favorite place to enjoy dinner on special occasions. A casual fine dining experience with a chef who was named a James Beard Award semifinalist in the middle of the desert? Yes please! They currently have a Prix Fixe Dinner Series and reservations are required—and well worth it!

The Sentinel

Dubbed as a Marfa restaurant that serves coffee, cocktails, and news, The Sentinel is a must visit while you’re in town. The decor is gorgeous, and I’ve never had a bite or sip I didn’t love. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating, and it’s the perfect place a breakfast burrito or a nightcap. Be sure to check current hours (during my latest visit they were only open until 3pm).

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Siempre Marfa

Siempre is a recent addition to the Marfa food scene, and an absolutely lovely one at that. Catty Corner from The Lost Horse Saloon and run by the same folks who recently opened Para Llevar, Siempre has a fresh outdoor covered patio that’s perfect for watching passersby and catching a breeze. The walk up bar and order counter serves fresh cocktails along with a host of other refreshing beverages, and yummy bites (I enjoyed my kale salad with added chicken).

Do Your Thing Coffee

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A Marfa mainstay, Do Your Thing Coffee is another great option for your morning (or afternoon) coffee needs. Trust me, you’ll never be in want of great coffee in Marfa.

Happy Hour Hotel Saint George

One of my favorite places to cool off at the end of a hot West Texas day is in the lobby at Hotel Saint George. Even better are their happy hour cocktail prices.

Frama Coffee

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Located right next to a laundry mat (that makes for a very great photo backdrop btw), Frama Coffee is one of a few great coffeeshops in town. And to make it even better, they serve ice cream.

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Pro Tip: This is where you can find the infamous orange Greetings from Marfa sign out front. Also, Frama is the letters of Marfa, scrambled, and you can find their sister coffee shop in Alpine, scramble-named Plaine.

Where to Stay in Marfa

El Cosmico

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Modern glamping meets West Texas desert at El Cosmico. Part of the Bunkhouse Group, a trip to Marfa isn’t complete without a visit here, if not a stay. Guests can choose from self-camping, tents, teepees, yurts, vintage trailers, or their newer Cosmic Kasita when booking. Accommodations can fill up fast, so if you’re planning a trip, be sure to make reservations early! I’ve stayed in one of their safari tents which was absolutely lovely, albeit hot on a midsummer’s day. The outdoor showers are an absolute delight in my book. Anyone is welcome to come out to explore the grounds (and snap some photos), and the gift shop is not to be missed.

Thunderbird Hotel

The Thunderbird Hotel is the first and only non-Airbnb place I’ve stayed at in Marfa to date. I’ve typically traveled to West Texas in large groups or solo, and having a kitchen to cook in has been important. Hotel rates are not inexpensive in Marfa, but the Thunderbird Motel was pretty reasonable, so I gave it a try on a recent visit. The room was absolutely lovely, and I received some of the best customer service with the manager (Chris) throughout our stay there. He was super friendly and gave us some great recommendations on where to eat in town with all of the changes that pandemic had brought. He even gave us some pointers for our drive down to Chinati Hot Springs (there are two ways to get there and he recommended not taking the one that was mostly unpaved road—which saved us tons of time in the end).

The roadside hotel also has a pool (much coveted during the summer months!), and a gorgeous courtyard garden. You can find carefully curated souvenirs in the lobby along with light fare available for purchase (and I do believe we received a beverage of choice at checkin).

Pro Tip: You can rent one of their bikes at a discounted rate if you’re staying at the hotel, or for about $20/day if you’re not a current guest. And no need to lock up the bikes in this tiny town—but they’re a perfect way to get around. Also, the Thunderbird is home to the See Marfa Lights mural you’ve probably seen in pictures and makes for a great photo op.


Of all the visits I’ve made out to Marfa and West Texas, I’ve only stayed at a traditional hotel once. Most of the others have been Airbnb accommodations either with the group I was with, or on my own. I find this the most affordable way to enjoy most of my road trips, as they often have a kitchen so I can offset with at-home cooking at least part of the time. Plus the Airbnb options out in Marfa are gorgeous. I also have a friend with a fun and quirky place out in Alpine that I stay at from time to time.

The Best Things to do Near Marfa

Visit Fort Davis

About a 20-minute drive north from Marfa, Fort Davis is a great little down you’ll drive through to get to some other recommended stops along the way. Check out the restaurants in town, and the National Historic Site (more info on that below).

McDonald Observatory Star Party

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Much like the drive out to West Texas is part of the whole experience, so is the drive up to the McDonald Observatory. It’s most well-known for the Star Parties, a nighttime showing of the magnificent Milk Way overhead. The Observatory itself is a research unit of UT Austin. Located in the Davis Mountains, a visit here offers some of the darkest skies in the continental United States.

The Star Parties themselves feature evening outdoor constellation tours (think tour guide with a laser pointer that reaches to the stars), and telescope viewings set up around the grounds. I highly recommend getting tickets as far in advance as possible, as they are only available certain nights of the week, and they can definitely sell out fast. It’s about a 45-minute drive from Marfa, and the views along the way are absolutely lovely, especially around sunset. I do have to admit that it took me three Star Parties before I really got a great view of the night sky, clouds are definitely not your friend during them—but it’s still a fun time.

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There are also daytime tours available where you can go up the hilltop and see inside of the larger telescope buildings. Pre-pandemic there were self-guided tours available, which I would highly recommend. Double check before heading out to see if the Visitor’s Center is open for the day and if self-guided tours are an option during your travel; they had the roads up to the large telescopes closed for a time.

Pro Tip: Make sure not to wear light-up shoes (you’d be surprised how many kids still show up with them), and to put your phones away during the evening Star Party. Part of the magic that makes them so amazing is letting your eyes adjust to the dark (they do have dark sky friendly lighting so you can see), and you don’t want to ruin the experience for others. And be sure to visit their gift shop, it’s a good one!

Davis Mountains State Park

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This is one of my must-visits every time I visit West Texas. I absolutely adore the views from the Skyline Drive, my kids and I have spotted teams of wildlife in the distance below—so bring binoculars! The park is also home to the Indian Lodge, a beautiful white adobe hotel right inside of the park. Reservations fill up on the park website months in advance, so be sure to plan accordingly!

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Pro Tip: Pack a picnic and sit at The King’s Table at the end of the Skyline Drive in the evening for a stellar sunset viewing.

Fort Davis National Historic Site

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Back in Fort Davis, it’s worth paying a visit to Fort Davis National Historic Site (and getting your National Park passport stamped!). It was a working frontier military post from 1854 – 1891, and you can walk through a number of restored buildings outfitted with items from the original camp.

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center

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Located between Fort Davis and Alpine, the Nature Center offers deeper insight into the Chihuahaun Desert (which all of West Texas is a part of). The Center is housed on 507 acres of semi-desert grasslands and igneous rock outcrops. You can hike 5 miles of trails, and explore their mini botanical gardens, cactus collection, and their mining exhibit and geologic timeline. I’ve yet to hike along their trails, but it’s a good place to spend an hour, and they have a great gift shop (and clean bathrooms!).

Pro Tip: Save your receipt from Davis Mountain State Park and they may still offer you a discount!

Things to Do in Alpine, Texas

Cedar Coffee Supply

Plaine Coffee

Holland Hotel

Harry’s Tinaja

Penny’s Diner

Hike up to the desk on the hill

Annual Art Walk

Things to Do in Marathon, Texas

Gage Hotel

Gage Gardens

V6 Coffee Bar

Other Things to do on Your Trip to Marfa

Big Bend National Park

Balmorhea State Park

Chinati Hot Springs

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Ghost Town Terlingua

Quirky Things to Know About Traveling to West Texas

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  • You’re gonna be on West Texas time, aka things run at a slower pace, and not everything’s open 24/7 everyday.
  • Cell phone service can be spotty
  • Looking for the mini Target? Unfortunately, it’s gone.
  • It can get super hot—and super cold.
  • The sky is absolutely gorgeous out there.

Things to See on Your Drive There

Amistad National Recreational Area

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Pecos River Bridge

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Langtry Rest Stop

West Texas is one of my all-time favorite places to travel to. I hope this inspires your own road trip out there. If you do go after reading my guide, be sure to tag me in your photos on Instagram!


How many days do you need in Marfa? ›

Stay for at least two nights, ideally three. On our tight schedule, we only had one night and it was nowhere near enough time to do Marfa and its surroundings justice.

What is Marfa Texas famous for? ›

Marfa is famous for its excellent soaring conditions and hosted the World Soaring Championship in 1970. Today, visitors can soar through the Davis Mountains on long-winged gliders with Marfa Gliders.

Why do people go to Marfa? ›

The town, originally set up as a water stop for the railroad, is now known throughout the state of Texas, the nation and perhaps the world for the mysterious Marfa lights and minimalist art. Celebrities go to this desert West Texas town to escape and ranchers begin the day at dawn.

Where do you stop on the way to Marfa? ›

Before you arrive in Marfa, stop in the town of Alpine. It's at the crossroads between some amazing West Texas destinations — Terlingua and Big Bend National Park to the south and Fort Davis National Historic Site and the McDonald Observatory to the north.

Is Big Bend worth the trip? ›

Yes, Big Bend National Park in Texas is beautiful and definitely worth visiting. That's the short answer. Big Bend National Park is America's fifteenth largest national park, boasting 801,163 acres of protected land, making it the largest protected portion of the Chihuahuan desert in the United States.

What is the best time of year to visit Marfa Texas? ›

The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early February. For example, on the week of February 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it's most likely to rain or snow in mid July with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of July 16th.

What famous person is from Marfa Texas? ›

Chinati Foundation

The Chianti Foundation was founded by minimalist artist Donald Judd who came to Marfa in the 1970s to escape the confines of New York City. While Judd is no longer alive, his artistic dreams carry on and today you can visit his compound on a tour.

What is the crime rate in Marfa Texas? ›

344.43 per 100,000 population

Why is there a Prada store in Marfa Texas? ›

Prada Marfa is a site specific, permanent land art project by artists Elmgreen & Dragset, commissioned by Art Production Fund and Ballroom Marfa. Modeled after a Prada boutique, the sculpture houses luxury goods from the famed brand's fall 2005 collection of bags and shoes.

Why are there locks on a fence in Marfa Texas? ›

Surrounding the Prada Marfa is a wire fence. Visitors have been attaching or locking locks of love all over the fencing. Locks of love are padlocks, which are locked to fences (or other structures) by couples to signify their love for each other.

Is Marfa walkable? ›

With a community of around 1,800 residents, Marfa is a walkable Texas destination where the pace slows down and you find yourself appreciating the simple things in life. Located in the high desert planes of the Trans-Pecos region, Marfa is far from the distractions of city life.

What military base was in Marfa Texas? ›

Fort D. A. Russell is the name of an American military installation near Marfa, Texas, that was active from 1911 to 1946. It is named for David Allen Russell, a Civil War general killed at the Battle of Opequon, September 19, 1864.

Where do you stop on the way to Big Bend? ›

Key stops include Fredericksburg, Sonora, Fort Stockton, Ozona, Marfa, Marathon, South Llano River State Park and Crinoid Hills. You might be thinking that a drive from Austin to Big Bend National Park would be a pretty mundane one.

How far is Marfa Texas from the Mexican border? ›

Fifty miles from the Mexican border and 200 miles from the nearest major airport, Marfa is a dusty dot of a town with one traffic light and fewer than 2,000 people in the remote reaches of far West Texas known as 'El Despoblado' (the uninhabited).

Is Alpine Texas worth visiting? ›

Despite the long distances, Alpine is among the best places to stay when visiting Big Bend National Park (especially for those hoping to stay in a town rather than camp). Exploring the best things to do in Alpine is a fantastic addition to a Big Bend Country road trip!

Can you shower at Big Bend? ›

Showers. Are showers available in park campgrounds? The only available showers are located at the Rio Grande Village Store. There is a charge for showers; a change machine is available, and showers are available 24/7.

Can you sleep in Big Bend? ›

Although very remote, Big Bend provides a variety of opportunities for overnight camping and lodging, as well as two gas stations, and three camper stores.

How much does it cost to stay at Big Bend? ›

The National Park Service operates three developed frontcountry campgrounds; Rio Grande Village Campground, Chisos Basin Campground, and Cottonwood Campground. The cost is $16 per night per site ($8 per night with Senior or Access pass).

What month is the rainiest in Texas? ›

The wettest months of the year are April and May.

What is the best month to go to Monkey Mia? ›

The best time to visit Monkey Mia is early Summer (December to February) as the skies are clear and the water is glistening blue.

What is the best month to visit Texas? ›

The best time for statewide travel is late Oct/Nov, March and April, and late May/early June. This will avoid, for the most part, Texas's hottest and coldest temperatures and the heaviest rainfall.

What does Marfa stand for? ›

Popularity:9074. Origin:Aramaic. Other Origin(s):Russian. Meaning:Lady, mistress of the house. Marfa is a charming feminine name, perfect for your little lady.

Who is the most famous celebrity from Texas? ›

We'd say that George Walker Bush (born 1946) is currently the most famous person from Texas. Also known as “W”, George served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001-2009. He was the son of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president.

Was the movie Giant filmed in Marfa Texas? ›

'Return to Giant' documentary to be shown in Marfa, where 'Giant' was filmed. On June 6, 1955, a production crew from Warner Brothers descended on Marfa, Texas, to shoot "Giant," the iconic movie starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. The epic film is about a wealthy Texas ranching family.

What is the most common crime in Texas? ›

#1: Drugs. While drug-related offenses are common in every state, it's a major problem in Texas. Drug offenses make up the majority of Texas arrests, which includes possession.

What city in Texas has the lowest crime? ›

Hutto. Just north of Austin, Hutto ranks as the top safest city in Texas. It's also the Hippo Capital of Texas!

How cold does Marfa Texas get? ›

The cold season lasts for 2.8 months, from November 24 to February 16, with an average daily high temperature below 64°F. The coldest month of the year in Marfa is January, with an average low of 27°F and high of 58°F.

Is Marfa worth the drive? ›

About a 9-hour drive outside of Houston, Marfa definitely is not a one tank trip, but it sure is a spot that every Texan should plan a trip to see. The small town is known as an art mecca, housing many incredible sculptures, installations and pieces of talented world-renowned artists.

Can you buy anything at Prada Marfa? ›

Prada Marfa is an art installation located in Valentine, Texas, off US Highway 90. It was created by two Berlin-based artists who are known for addressing and criticizing societal trends through their work. The single-room replica of a Prada store contains real Prada items, although its doors cannot be opened.

What is Pradas motto? ›

Prada does not necessarily have a slogan, but it does have an unofficial motto. “Be seen, be heard.” Current founder Miuccia Prada wants the brand to help people stand out from the crowd and stake a claim on the world by establishing their voice and identity through high fashion.

Why do couples put locks on fences? ›

The idea is simple: a couple crosses the bridge and puts a padlock on a section of the chainlink fence. The lock represents their love, and it will stay there for all of eternity.

What is a love lock fence? ›

A love lock is a padlock couples place on a bridge, fence, statue, or installation to commemorate their indestructible bond. Often the padlocks are engraved with the couple's name and the date while others go further with ribbons and stickers.

What does putting locks on a fence mean? ›

Love padlocks (also known as Love Locks) are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts to symbolize their everlasting love.

Is Marfa open on Sunday? ›

On that note, Marfa is subtle. Generally, everything is closed every day of the week.

Do people live in Marfa Texas? ›

With 1,750 people, Marfa is the 742nd most populated city in the state of Texas out of 1,805 cities.

What is the closest city to Marfa? ›

Cities near Marfa, Texas:
  • Ojinaga, Mexico.
  • Pecos, TX.
  • West Odessa, TX.
  • Praxedis Guerrero, Mexico.
  • Odessa, TX.
  • Carlsbad, NM.
  • Ahumada, Mexico.
  • Jimenez, Mexico.

What is the biggest army base in Texas? ›

And when we say big, we mean the largest (and most populated) U.S. military installation in the world BIG. Fort Hood covers roughly 340 square miles of Coryell and Bell Counties in Central Texas.

What is the biggest Air Force base in Texas? ›

82nd Training Wing

Sheppard AFB is the Air Force's largest and most diverse training installation, conducting both technical and pilot training.

Is Marfa a Mexican? ›

Welcome to Marfa, Texas. Out in west Texas, along Highway 90, just 60 miles from the Mexican border, you'll find the tiny town of Marfa. The official population is 2,010, and the official size just 1.6 square miles.

How many days should you spend in Big Bend? ›

2-3 days is the perfect amount of time to explore the highlights of Big Bend – although you could easily spend weeks here! For these itineraries, Day 1 focuses on the Central and East sides of the Park, including the Chisos Basin and Rio Grande Village.

Are there caves in Big Bend? ›

In 2021, The Summit at Big Bend started renovations on two man-made mining caves. These caves, located halfway to the summit of Tres Cuevas Mountain in Terlingua, Texas, have been transformed into a series of stunning mountain retreats complete with modern luxuries.

Do you need a passport for Big Bend? ›

You can visit Boquillas, Mexico via the port of entry on the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park. In order to cross the border, you must possess a valid US Passport, US and Canadian citizens can also present a valid Passport Card, Enhanced Driver's License, Trusted Traveler Program Card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST).

Can you walk across the border from Texas to Mexico? ›

Texas and Mexico share 1,254 miles of common border and are joined by 28 international bridges and border crossings. This number includes two dams, one hand-drawn ferry, and 25 other crossings that allow commercial, vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

What is the border between Texas and Mexico called? ›

The Rio Grande serves as the border here. "The Rio Grande is a natural border, has been since 1848, and the ties between cities and towns on either side are strong,” CNN's Gregory Krieg reported.

What is the area between Texas and Mexico called? ›

Rio Grande, Spanish Río Grande del Norte, or (in Mexico) Río Bravo, or Río Bravo del Norte, fifth longest river of North America, and the 20th longest in the world, forming the border between the U.S. state of Texas and Mexico.

What is the number 1 attraction in Texas? ›

1: The Alamo

San Antonio is home to one of the most famous attractions in Texas, the Alamo. The Alamo is the site of a former Spanish mission, now converted into a museum experience.

How many days do you need to explore Big Bend National Park? ›

With three days to spend in the park, you can explore the major roads more thoroughly and still have time for hiking.

How many days do you need to see San Miguel de Allende? ›

Three days in San Miguel de Allende is enough time to explore the city's magnificent churches and cathedrals, to relax in hot springs and lounge around rooftop bars, and to visit art galleries and wineries.

What is the best month to visit Big Bend National Park? ›

From October-April, you can usually find a pleasant weather window in the park. Weather in the winter can be variable though, and for that reason the best time to visit Big Bend National Park is October, November, March, or April. The spring brings optimal weather to the park as well as wildflowers.

Does Big Bend have mosquitoes? ›

The location's weather patterns over the past several months can determine how many mosquitoes emerge. The risk for mosquito activity is extremely high. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when spending time outdoors to prevent bites.

What should I wear to Big Bend? ›

Clothing for Big Bend National Park

You'll want to bring your typical hiking clothes, but be particularly mindful of the desert sun – even in cooler times of the year.

Can you see Milky Way from Big Bend? ›

Big Bend NP is an International Dark Sky Park and has the darkest skies of any National Park in the lower 48 states thanks to its remote location, sparse regional population, and measures to reduce light pollution. For many visitors, stargazing in Big Bend is their first opportunity to see the Milky Way in their lives.

Does Big Bend have caves? ›

Big Bend National Park hosts a significant number of cave and karst features that represent a variety of karst (solutional) and pseudokarst (non-solutional) processes.

What do I need to know before going to Big Bend? ›

Top Ten Tips for Visiting Big Bend
  • Seasons. Big Bend is best enjoyed from late fall through early spring. ...
  • Camping and Lodging. Big Bend is busy! ...
  • Road Conditions. Know what your vehicle can handle. ...
  • Bring Water! Bring more water than you think you will need. ...
  • River Trips. ...
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  • Phone Service. ...
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Can you use US dollars in San Miguel de Allende? ›

The official currency of the country is the Mexican peso, which is why it's used in San Miguel de Allende. Being a city with many foreigners, visitors, and residents alike, in many businesses they accept US dollars, although the exchange rate offered will not be as favorable as the official rate.

Is San Miguel de Allende worth it? ›

Almost every street in San Miguel de Allende is made of cobblestone, and many of the buildings date all the way back to the 1500s. Walking around San Miguel de Allende, there is a beautiful site and spectacular story behind every corner, which makes this city one of my favorite places to visit in all of Mexico.

What is the best time of year to go to San Miguel de Allende? ›

San Miguel de Allende is packed with activities year-round, and you'll find things to do no matter when you visit. For the best weather, we recommend visiting between November and April when highs hover in the 70s and 80s, though tourists will be out in full force during the Christmas and Easter holidays.


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