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Things to do around Sanderson

ALPINE, TEXAS
http://www.alpinetexas.com

Alpine is cradled between the towering Davis Mountains and the beautiful Chihuahuan Desert, about 84 miles west of Sanderson.. It has many galleries, the outdoor Theatre of the Big Bend, and Sul Ross State University. Things to do in and around Alpine also include golfing, hunting, camping and taking scenic drives. Accomodations inlcude over 400 motel rooms and four full hook-up RV parks.

AMISTAD NATIONAL PARK & RECREATION AREA
http://www.nps.gov/amis/home.htm

Created in 1969, Amistad National Recreation Area is at the confluence of three rivers - Devils and Pecos rivers and the Rio Grande. It is situated right on the U.S. and Mexico border. It is rich in rock art, archeology, and plant and animal life. Things to do include picnicing, camping, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, boating and water skiing. It is about 100 miles west of Sanderson.

BALMORHEA STATE PARK
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/balmorhe/

Opened in 1968, the park was deeded to the Reeves County Water Improvement District No.1 in 1934, and was built by the Civilain Conservation Corps in the early 1930's. The 77,053 square foot San Solomon Springs was for years an important water source for thousands of people - Native Americans, and travelers alike - and is situated about four miles west of Balmorhea. The springs are also a home to endagered species of fish, assorted invertibrates and turtles. Visitors can enjoy swimming, scuba-diving, camping and picnicing. The park is open year-round.

BARTON WARNOCK ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/barton/barton.htm

Built in 1982 by the Lajitas Foundation, Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center (formerly know as Lajitas Museum Desert Gardens) was bought by Texas Parks and Wildlife in 1990. The center interprets 570 million years of geological history and the five biological landscapes of the Chihuahuan Desert. The center provides a self-guided botanical garden tour, and also houses a book store and a gift store.

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK
http://www.nps.gov/bibe

Big Bend National Park is a "must-see" if you are in the area! The 801,000 acre national park offers some of the most glorious sights to see. Easily accessible by standard vehicle, it also does have some off-road-vehicle only roads. For those who plan on staying at Big Bend and spend time exploring the area, the park offers RV and camp sites and well as a motel and reservations are recommended. Big Bend is full of wildlife, scenery and remoteness, and has many walking trails, interpretive programs and offers river trips. For more information, visit the web site above.

BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/bigbend/index.htm

Big Bend Ranch State Park was purchased from private owners in 1988. It comprises of over 280,280 acres of the Chihuahuan Desert. It contains ancient extinct volcanoes, canyons and waterfalls, and is home to a diversity of plant and animal species such as bats, hummingbirds, mountain lions, long-horn cattle and Hinckley oaks. Certain areas of the park have limited recreational use and vehicular access. Activites to enjoy include mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting & canoeing, camping, backpacking, day-hiking, picnicking, fishing, swimming and 4x4 driving.

CANDELARIA, TEXAS
http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGhostTowns/CandelariaTexas/CandelariaTexas.htm

Candelaria is in a rugged portion of the Chihuahuan Desert. The Post Office was granted in 1901. A calvary post established during the 1916 Mexican Revolution and closed shortly after the 8th Calvary crossed into Mexico for a forary in 1919. It is situated on Farm Road 170 (dead end) right on the Rio Grande and is 42 miles SW of Marfa.

CASTOLON, TEXAS
http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGhostTowns/CastolonTexas/CastolonTexas.htm

In 1903, the first resident was recorded as having lived in Castolon, then known as Santa Helena. A calvary troop was stationed there in 1911 to help protect against border incursions. The population declined after Big Bend National Park was established, and the post office closed in 1954. The only residents today are National Park employees. The store remains open.

DAVIS MOUNTAINS STATE PARK
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/davis/index.htm

Four miles northwest of Fort Davis is the Davis Mountains State Park - 2,708.9 acres in size. It has been open to the public since the late 1930's. Activities include camping, sightseeing, nature study, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, day-use equestrian, mountain biking and interpretive programs. Lodging is in the form of primitave and a host campsite and Indian Lodge (39 rooms, restaurant and swimming pool).

DEL RIO, TEXAS
http://www.drchamber.com/live/community.php

Del Rio is located in Val Verde County on the Texas-Mexico border on Highway 90, about 120 miles east of Sanderson, at an elevation of 948 feet. It is immediately across from the International Bridge to Cuidad Acuña, Mexico. Through creeks and canals in Del Rio flows the San Felipe Springs. Attractions include hunting, fishing, golf, tennis, Val Verde Winery, Whitehead Musuem and many others.

FORT LANCASTER
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/fortlanc/

Fort Lancaster is located eight (8) miles east of Sheffield on US Highway 290. It was established August 20, 1855, to help guard the San Antonio-El Paso Road. It was abandoned March 19, 1861 after Texas seceded from the Union. Facilities include a State Park Stre, historic ruins, a 1/2-mile nature trail and an interpretve center.

FORT STOCKTON, TEXAS
http://www.fortstockton.org

Fort Stockton is home to Paisano Peter - the World's largest roadrunner. It also boasts a Buffalo Soldier Fort, Annie Riggs Museum, Comanche Springs and St. Genevieve's Winery. Turn north onto Highway 285 - Ft. Stockton is 64 miles north. Highway 285 hosts the Big Bend Open Road Race on the last weekend of April each year.

JUDGE ROY BEAN VISITOR CENTER
http://www.texasoutside.com/roybeanp2.htm

About 60 miles east of Sanderson is the small town of Langtry and the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center. The visitor center features a saloon, courtroom, billiard hall and the opera house of Judge Roy Bean - the famed "Law of the West" in the 1880's. The center also has an impressive cactus garden with plaques that label each specimen. Admission is free.

MARATHON, TEXAS
http://www.marathontexas.com

Approximately 50 miles west of Sanderson is Marathon - situated in an ancient seabed and surrounding by spectacular mountains. Marathon is over 4000 feet in elevation, and boasts a diversity of shopping, art galleries and restaurants. Accomodations include hotels, motels, lodges and RV parks.

MARFA MYSTERY LIGHTS
http://www.marfalights.com

Nine miles east of Marfa one can see the Marfa lights. These small, ethereal lights "suspend in the air with no apparent source, no identifiable location. . . they float, they ebb, they glow and move . . . and they defy explanation." These lights were first reported over a hundred years ago. Recently a viewing area was built so that more people can enjoy the experience.

MCDONALD OBSERVATORY
http://mcdonaldobservatory.org

The McDonald Observatory is still an active observatory, and offers many tours of the facilities and viewing programs. The Visitor Center Public Observatory is at the base of Mount Lock and offers "Star Parties" Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening. These Star Parties use bothe the unaided eye and telescopes.

PANDALE, TEXAS
http://www.pandale-texas.com

Between Comstock and Ozona, north of Langtry, you can find Pandale, Texas. Pandale is an idillic area on the Pecos River where there is little to do besides relax, fish, swim, hike, mountain biking and other activities. Accomodations include fully-serviced cabins and primitive camping.

SEMINOLE CANYON STATE PARK
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/seminole

Seminole Canyon State Park is located 9 miles west of Comstock on US Highway 90, just east of the Pecos River Bridge About 7000 years ago, the peoples that lived in this area found the "creative energy" to paint the wonderful pictographs that are found here. More that 200 pictograph sites are known to be in the Lower Pecos River County. Tours are conducted of The Fate Bell Shelter twice daily - 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Wednesday through to Sunday.

TERLINGUA, TEXAS
http://www.terlinguatx.com/rightframe.html

Terlingua and Study Butte are located in the heart of Big Bend country. Farming, ranching and hunting were the main sources of income before the mining industry came into the area. The mines are now closed, but open now are many motels, restaurants, RV parks, and camping areas. While in Terlingua and Study Butte, enjoy raft trips, jeep tours, horseback rides, nature walks and mountain climbing.

TEXAS HIGHWAYS MAGAZINE
http://www.texashighways.com

"Why did the armadillo cross the road? 'Cause he liked Texas highways. And so will you. The magazine and the Web site, too. Every month we deliver sensational photos, destinations, and articles to help you plan your travels. Texas Highways and Texas Highways Online."


Page updated: April 12, 2004

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