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Where to Stay:
Take a leap back in time, and stay in the Candelilla House at the Big Bend Holiday Hotel. The Holiday Hotel is no franchise resort. It's perfect for raucous revelry or a romantic rendezvous, or both! The owners have created this amazing place while still preserving the integrity of the area. Conveniently located in the Terlingua Ghost Town, there’s much to do in this spooky and deserted mining boondock.
Where to Dip:
Langford Hot Springs, near the Mexican border, has pictographs and the foundations of an old bathhouse. So after a day of hiking, who needs a hot tub when you could soak in a true hot spring? This historic bath is tucked away down a dirt road in the National Park, and it’s adjacent to the Rio Grande. Since the baths were first developed in 1906, visitors and locals swear the naturally heated spring water has healing powers.
Where to Learn:
Take the rugged drive on Old Maverick Road near the Chimneys Trail of Big Bend National Park to visit Luna's Jacal, Gilberto Luna’s residence. Luna, a Mexican pioneer farmer, lived until he was 109 years old in this “jacal,” an indigenous Tejano dwelling suited to the desert environment that was built around 1890. Luna raised his family in the jacal, peacefully coexisting with otherwise hostile Comanche who used the Alamo Creek area as a war trail. Luna died there in 1947. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. This is the area of Texas that later became Big Bend National Park.
Where to Eat & Drink:
After exploring Terlingua Ghost Town, what looks like an abandoned movie set, you’ll want to cozy up with their famous chili and fully operational saloon. This was a real mining town that went bust, and the miners simply left, leaving their homes behind and mines behind. Now, slightly revitalized with rustic Texas lodgings and the Starlight Theatre Restaurant & Saloon, they’re offering fine dining, rockin’ drinks, and live entertainment! There’s no reason not to check out this mysterious land.
Where to Hike:
Lost Mine Trail is your quintessential Chisos wilderness hike through nearly 5 miles of spectacular canyon and forest scenery, and you’ll climb over 1,000 feet total! At first, the trail starts out gentle and gets harder as you go. Along your hike, you’ll see many Pinyon Pine trees, views of Casa Grande Peak, one of the more famous Texas mountains, Juniper Canyon, and some of the South Rim off in the distance.
Where to Shop:
The Terlingua Trading Company, set in the Ghost Town and housed in the old company store of the Chisos Mining Company, the store is the spiritual descendant of the old Trading Post. Now they sell unique and extraordinary inventory of Southwestern US and Mexican influenced gifts and collectibles, including a wondrous book and map section. According to them, “We sell stuff inside, but what we're really famous for is sittin' on the front porch, especially at sunset. Some people talk. Some listen. Some play the guitar and sing. Then -- little by little -- it gets dark. Admittedly that may not sound all that exciting, but folks come from all over, time and time again.” Be one of them folks.
Where to View:
The Window is a famous viewing spot in Big Bend. A peek-a-boo between the mountains, where sunsets are as fiery as your campfire blaze. Take the long hike or the short one, but see it! It is worthwhile contrasting daytime and sunsets over The Window. For a really great view, take the short trail by the Ranger Station.
Where to Ride:
Have $5? Perfect. That’s all you need for a round trip to Boquillas del Carmen, a tiny Mexican village overlooking the Rio Grande across from Big Bend National Park. There is an official US Port of entry where you’ll hop into a rowboat that takes you to the village. Ride a burro into town, grab an authentic taco and a cold beer, and revel back to a time of no cars or cell service.