Towns of the Big Bend
There are a number of quaint towns and things to do in West Texas that are in close proximity to Lajitas; each having its own unique character and individuality. If you are planning to drive to/from the Big Bend, it's worth stopping into one or more of these towns to explore a bit of history and take in a bit of the local flavor each has to offer.
Terlingua Ghost Town/Study Butte
Down the road from Lajitas are the wonderful towns of Terlingua and Study Butte old mining towns filled with art galleries, restaurants, bars, and a trading company. Terlingua is home to the international championship chili cook-off, first hosted in 1967, an annual event that continues today.
Home of the infamous Marfa Lights first seen in 1883. The town of Marfa has a gained notoriety as a flourishing fine arts community. Marfa is home to the restored Presidio County Court House, and was featured in the movie, "Giant".
Recognized as the hub of the Big Bend and primary economic center of the area, Alpine is home to many galleries, shops and restaurants and is home to the Big Bend Cowboys baseball team. The Museum of the Big Bend and Sul Ross State University are a part of Alpine's thriving community. Annual events such as Gallery Night and the Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Trapping's Cowboy Art Show are popular for residents and visitors alike.
Considered the town with the highest elevation in Texas, Fort Davis is home to the McDonald Observatory; which boasts the 3rd largest telescope and the 2nd largest optical telescope in the world and Fort Davis National Historic Site. A variety of restaurants and boutiques are available for visitors of Fort Davis.
Considered the Northern Gateway to Big Bend National Park, Marathon has been transformed from a remote ranching community to a tour destination in its own right. A charming Main Street shopping district attract visitors who appreciate the laid back lifestyle of this historic West Texas town.
Scenic Drive to Presidio
Voted one of the top 50 most scenic drives in America. Presidio sits at the western rim of the Big Bend Ranch State Park and is the only port of entry into Mexico between El Paso and Del Rio. Attractions along the way include Fort Leaton State Historic Site and the Contrabando movie set. Bring your passport to visit Ojinaga, Mexico, a thriving town of 40,000 located right over the border.