Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Terlingua, Texas, United States

Feb 10, 2018 - Terlingua, TX Big Bend National Park

Dale felt well enough to travel to Big Bend National Park on Monday, February 12, 2018. We left Van Horn heading south on US 90 through Marfa, Alpine and into Terlingua, TX where we stayed at Big Bend Adventures RV Park. We have stayed here before, but they had made a lot of improvements to this park and it was busy. Maverick Ranch RV Park in Lajitis was full and no room for several weeks. There is a big bike race there in mid-February and there were mountain bikers everywhere. We took a day trip back into Alpine and out to Ft. Davis. We...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Winter 2018

Mar 24, 2016 - Presidio Trip

Today we made our trip over to Presidio. It was a very pretty drive through the mountains beside the Rio Grande. The sky was blue and the wind finally stopped blowing. The road is like riding a roller coaster, up and down and full of twists and turns....we did this in the car, not the RV. There was one long 15% grade...I don't think I would make it to the top in the RV. Presidio is larger than I expected, about 5000 population. Bud, here at the RV park, suggested the Bean cafe in Presidio, so we had lunch there before heading back. Pretty...

Jump to full entry

Mar 23, 2016 - Doesn't look like Florida anymore

We traveled from Marathon to Terlingua today, arriving around 2pm. The winds were bad all day, hopefully they will die down tonight and be better tomorrow. We unhooked the car and drove around through the park. We went up to the Basin and over to Panther Junction and part of the way to Elena Canyon before returning to the RV Park for our anniversary dinner of hamburgers and salad. We did watch the Big Bend video at the welcome center..this place is very interesting...desert, mountains, river, bears, mountain lions and other wildlife. We...

Jump to full entry

Feb 9, 2016 - Traveling the River Road

Spent the day traveling down the road that follows the Rio Grande River from Terlingua, through the Big Bend State Park and on to Presidio Tx. For 67 miles the road twists and turns up and over the mountains and through the canyons with spectacular scenery to be seen. Starting in Febuary the wildflowers are beginning to bloom and the bluebonnets lined the roadway!There were also some yellow type sunflowers scattered in-between. All along the drive you can get glimpses of the muddy Rio Grande. We stopped and hiked The Closed Canyon Trail. It...

Jump to full entry

Feb 6, 2016 - The Chihuahuan Desert in route to Big Bend NP

Today we traveled down highway 118 south through the Chihuahuan Desert in route to the town of Terlingua-a once booming mining town. We are making that our base camp for exploring Big Bend National Park and the surrounding area.Tonight we visited the site of the historic Chisos Mining Company which is now mostly a ghost town. "Terlingua Proper" has a population of several dozen people counting those living in the ghost town.The Terlingua Cemetery is also a historical landmark and is still used by the local community.It looks like there...

Jump to full entry

Feb 10, 2015 - Big Bend National Park

(Evans) Well to be fair, Larry and I were apprehensive about coming to Big Bend National park. We had no idea what we would see or experience, but went along with the group to see this rarely visited park. This National Park is at the ends of the earth, or it seems! The small town of Terlingua, where we are staying, seems to be made up of some very hardy souls. The town gets many visitors during the winter months, but I bet it gets pretty quiet here in the summer. The town has one grocery store which is very nice, several restaurants, a few...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


TexasWinter2015

Feb 5, 2015 - Terlingua, TX Big Bend National Park

(Ropers) Dale & I have been talking for sometime about visiting Big Bend National Park in Texas and this is the year we decided to do just that. Leaving Van Horn, we traveled south on Hwy. 90 to Hwy. 118 to Terlingua/Study Butte, Texas, staying at Big Bend Motor Inn and RV Park. We had been warned to stock up on groceries and fuel before going in, but found a nice, completely stocked store and fuel right here within 2 miles of where we are staying. Our first day adventure took us down Hwy 170 to Big Bend Ranch State Park. Here we got our...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


TexasWinter2015

Feb 1, 2014 - The Terlingua Legacy

Terlingua is more accurately a mining region than a town. The discovery of cinnabar, from which the metal mercury is extracted, in the mid-1880s brought miners to the area, creating a city of 2,000 people. The only remnants of the mining days are a ghost town of the Chisos Mining Company and several nearby capped and abandoned mines. Many Mexicans escaped the revolution in Mexico and found employment in the mining operation. Things really boomed for awhile. The demand/price of mercury dropped after the WWI. By the 1940's, the mining...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Gulliver's Travels

Dec 28, 2013 - Day 60 - in Big Bend Country

This morning we drove to the market in the ghosttown. We bought a book written by a newspaperman from the area about the people of Terlingua. In the afternoon Garry took a course from the local photography club about using the flash that he really enjoyed and learned a lot. He was home long enough to have supper and then went out to Terlingua Cemetery to learn how to light paint with glow sticks or flashlights. When he got back we joined the Austin gang around the fire for a couple of hours. While he was tied up all day, I spent the day...

Jump to full entry

Dec 27, 2013 - Day 59 - in Big Bend Country, Texas

This will be our last hiking day in the park so we decide to do a longer hike, to Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off. We saw the pour-off from the bottom a couple of days ago so we know what we are going to see. The trailhead sign says 1.9 miles to the pour-off. It starts out as an easy walk along the fairly flat trail but generally downhill. We then have to go through a drop into a wash by scrambling over a rocky section. More flat, downhill into the canyon. High walls, cool rock formations, and some more rock scrambling and we can tell we are...

Jump to full entry

Dec 26, 2013 - Day 58 - Boxing Day in Big Bend Country

Today we headed out on a short 20 mile drive west to Lajitas. The draw here, besides the border crossing to Mexico, is Black Jack's Crossing Golf Course and Resort. We checked out the pro shop which includes the Longhorn Cattle Museum. I had no idea that those long horns could very so much. Some of them are curly, some are shorter, some are more than 6 feet from tip to tip. We asked about the golf course and their rates. A challenging course for any golfer and definitely beyond our skill level and at $129. per person per round, I think we...

Jump to full entry

Dec 25, 2013 - Day 57 - Christmas Day in Big Bend

Merry Christmas from Texas. We started the day with bacon, eggs, hash browns and worst pancakes I've ever made. They tasted fine but looked dreadful. I still have not mastered the gas grill for making pancakes, gas is practically off and still burns but not cooked through. Guess I will just have to make them more often til I get it right. We opened our small gifts for each other after breakfast. I got a new fuzzy housecoat and slippers, a hair straightner/curler, and a couple pair of local made earrings. Garry got three new T-shirts from...

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0 1  2  3  4  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com