Texas Pecos Trail
The Texas Pecos Trail is one of ten Texas Historical Commission designated driving routes that takes you through 22 Texas counties covering almost 35,000 square miles. Learn more and see the suggested route at TexasPecosTrail.com
Balmorhea State Park
30 miles southwest via Highway 17
You will find an oasis in the desert at Balmorhea State Park. The park boasts the world’s largest man made swimming pool. The San Soloman Springs feed the pool with 26 million gallons of water per day.
www.nps.gov/cave, (575) 785-2232
90 miles northwest on Highway 285
Of the 119 known caves within the park, three caves are open to public tours. Carlsbad Caverns is the most famous and is fully developed with electric lights, paved trails, and elevators.
www.nps.gov/gumo, (915) 828-3251
100 miles northwest on Highway 285 & 682
Noted for fall foliage in McKittrick Canyon and El Capitan, at 8,717 feet the highest point in Texas.
50 miles east via Interstate 20
A 3,840-acre state park noted for the presence of sand dunes up to 70 feet high. Camp a while and slide down the dunes.
Fort Davis National
75 miles north via Highway 17, in Fort Davis
One of the best remaining, restored and open to the public examples of frontier military posts in the American southwest.
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical
80 miles north via Highway 17 and Highway 118
Provides public awareness of the natural diversity of the Chihuahuan Desert region. Features a visitor center, outdoor exhibits, botanical gardens and hiking trails.
Davis Mountains State Park and Indian Lodge
79 miles south via Highway 17
4 miles northwest of Fort Davis, the park comprises nearly 2709 acres with elevations ranging from 5000-6000 feet. Opportunities for camping, lodging, birding, hiking, and dining in the scenic Davis Mountains.
88 miles south via Highway 17
Enjoy a breath-taking drive up the highest paved road in Texas to Mount Locke’s 6,800 foot summit. There you can join the daily tour of the 108 inch telescope and the new Hobby-Eberley telescope, the third largest in the world. Be sure to ask about the frequent “Star Parties” held at the Visitor Center.
Big Bend National Park
177 miles south via Highway 17 and Highway 118 to Park Headquarters at Panther Junction.
At over 800,000 acres, Big Bend National Park is the largest protected area of the Chihuahuan Desert in the U.S. The Park is known as “Three Parks in One,” with towering mountain, vast desert and thriving riparian environments, all situated along the “big bend” of the Rio Grande.
Roy Orbison Museum
40 miles northeast via Interstate 20 and Highway 115
Museum dedicated to rock-n-roll legend and singer-songwriter Roy Orbison