West Texas Mountains and Parks

  • Start: El Paso, TX
  • End: Texas, United States of America
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:36
  • Total Mileage: 408 Miles
  • Number of stops: 12

Description

Get your first look of the Lone Star state, which boasts 23 million acres of woodlands, at Hueco Tanks State Historical Park. Natural rock basins, known as huecos, have supplied fresh rainwater to residents for hundreds of years. Another interesting aspect of this park is the messages and drawings from prehistoric settlers, the Mescalero Apaches, and the gold-rushing 49-ers displayed on the faces of rocks. In Fort Davis, the McDonald Observatory sits on Mt. Locke, giving space enthusiasts the opportunity to gaze at stars and planets from an altitude of 6,791 feet. Farther along the tour, Big Bend National Park includes 802,000 acres of the Rio Grande River, the Chihuahuan desert, and the Chisos Mountains. More than 97 percent of the park is desert, and the U-turn of the Rio Grande, for which the park is named, runs for some 118 miles.

Stop #1:

El Paso Saddle Blanket
El Paso, TX

Stop #2:

El Paso Museum of History
El Paso, TX

Stop #3:

Tigua Indian Reservation
El Paso, TX

Stop #4:

Hueco Tanks State Historical Park
El Paso, TX

Stop #5:

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Texas, United States of America

Stop #6:

Pine Springs Campground Amphitheater
Texas, United States of America

Stop #7:

Balmorhea State Park
Texas, United States of America

Stop #8:

Fort Davis National Historic Site
Fort Davis, TX

Stop #9:

Davis Mountains State Park
Fort Davis, TX

Stop #10:

McDonald Observatory- Mt. Locke
McDonald Observatory, TX

Stop #11:

Museum of Big Bend
Alpine, TX

Stop #12:

Big Bend National Park
Texas, United States of America
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