About the Region

People think of Big Bend Country as the counties and towns and attractions in Far West Texas surrounding Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. The three major counties in the area are Brewster, Pecos, and Jeff Davis, though the world-class spring-fed swimming pool at Balmorhea State Park is in Reeves County.

  • The view from McDonald Observatory

    The view from McDonald Observatory

  • Prada Marfa

    Prada Marfa

  • Window Trailhead

    Window Trailhead

  • Petroglyphs at Big Bend NP

    Petroglyphs at Big Bend NP

  • Storm clouds over Mt. Ord, south of Alpine

    Storm clouds over Mt. Ord, south of Alpine

  • Rio Grande at Santa Elena Canyon

    Rio Grande at Santa Elena Canyon

  • Luna’s Jacal

    Luna’s Jacal

  • At Big Bend National Park

    At Big Bend National Park

  • Luna’s Jacal

    Luna’s Jacal

  • Agave at Fort Davis National Historic Site

    Agave at Fort Davis National Historic Site

  • Marfa Courthouse

    Marfa Courthouse

  • Hot air ballooning in Alpine

    Hot air ballooning in Alpine

  • “Between Broncs” by Garland Weeks at Sul Ross State University

    “Between Broncs” by Garland Weeks at Sul Ross State University

  • 4th of July in Fort Davis

    4th of July in Fort Davis

  • 4th of July in Fort Davis

    4th of July in Fort Davis

  • Snake!

    Snake!

  • At the South Rim

    At the South Rim

  • Pour-off at the end of the Window Trail

    Pour-off at the end of the Window Trail

  • Madrone

    Madrone

  • View from trail above Fort Davis National Historic Site

    View from trail above Fort Davis National Historic Site

  • At the White Buffalo Bar in the Gage Hotel, Marathon

    At the White Buffalo Bar in the Gage Hotel, Marathon

  • West Texas sunset

    West Texas sunset

  • On the Pinto Canyon Road

    On the Pinto Canyon Road

  • Javelina

    Javelina

  • The view from McDonald Observatory
  • Prada Marfa
  • Window Trailhead
  • Petroglyphs at Big Bend NP
  • Storm clouds over Mt. Ord, south of Alpine
  • Rio Grande at Santa Elena Canyon
  • Luna’s Jacal
  • At Big Bend National Park
  • Luna’s Jacal
  • Agave at Fort Davis National Historic Site
  • Marfa Courthouse
  • Hot air ballooning in Alpine
  • “Between Broncs” by Garland Weeks at Sul Ross State University
  • 4th of July in Fort Davis
  • 4th of July in Fort Davis
  • Snake!
  • At the South Rim
  • Pour-off at the end of the Window Trail
  • Madrone
  • View from trail above Fort Davis National Historic Site
  • At the White Buffalo Bar in the Gage Hotel, Marathon
  • West Texas sunset
  • On the Pinto Canyon Road
  • Javelina

Locations

Alpine

Balmorhea State Park

  • The biggest stream-fed swimming hole in the world!
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Big Bend National Park

  • Desert, canyons, mesas, a whole mountain range—and right on the Rio Grande. Real solitude too because Big Bend is not on the way to anyplace else. Characters hike and off-road here in all three books of the series.
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Big Bend Ranch State Park

  • Just down the road from the Big Bend. Desert, canyons, dark skies, and even more solitude (and fewer amenities) than in the national park.
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Brewster County

  • The biggest county in Texas is even bigger than Connecticut. No traffic, no stoplights. Big Bend National Park is within its borders, as well as parts of Big Bend Ranch State Park.
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Fort Davis

  • Both a town and a restored 19th century army outpost (now a national historical site) located in Jeff Davis County. Its dark skies keep McDonald Observatory very happy. Handsome courthouse and great soda fountain too. The fort plays a major role The South Rim Trail.
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  • Visit Fort Davis National Historic Site >

Lajitas

Marathon

Marfa

Marfa Lights

  • You might see them after dark dancing above the horizon at a viewing site nine miles or so east of Marfa. Optical illusions, campfires, headlight reflections, lost souls? The glowing orbs have been variously explained. Author has seen them just once.
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Presidio

  • A honest-to-goodness border town famous for its cantaloupes and sizzling weather. Not far from Chinati Hot Springs, which you might visit when in the neighborhood.
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Study Butte

  • Locals know how to pronounce it. A cluster of shops and convenience stores much appreciated by travelers heading to Big Bend. Surrounded by tailings of old mining operations. Good rock/cactus shop.
  • Visit Many Stones rock shop >

Terlingua