By Hayden Bernstein
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of West Texas

Art Towns and Desert Beauty

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 is also punctuated by exhilarating moments of natural beauty, world-class art, funky towns, big sunsets, and more. 

“Flat” and “boring,” the uninspired will quip, but this sprawling landscape

Big Bend, one of the most far-flung and underrated national parks. 

There’s a good chance Marfa is your final destination, or maybe

and working road-weary legs. But we’ve got a lot of ground to cover before you get there.


West Texas offers a mountainous dreamscape for kayaking, star-gazing,

Things to see
 On the drive


The Caverns of Sonora: Daily guided tours of this remarkable cave system last just shy of two hours and take you 155 feet below the earth’s surface.

Things to see
 On the drive


Monahans Sandhills State Park: Like a massive Japanese Zen garden, these natural sand dunes are ever-changing and worth stomping around after a few hours behind the wheel. 

First Stop: MARFA


Indisputably hip, even by big-city standards (perhaps especially by big-city standards), Marfa still manages to feel mythical and off-the-grid.


Where to stay in Marfa


El Cosmico: For an indoor/outdoor experience with little-to-no Wi-Fi, these campgrounds offer multiple modes of shelter. 

Second Stop: FORT DAVIS & ALPINE


While a little less glamorous than Marfa, both offer easier access for exploring the trails and state parks in the area.

Where to stay in Fort Davis & Alpine 


Indian Mountain Lodge: This cool pueblo-style hotel with a restaurant and pool offers near-instant access to hiking within Davis Mountain State Park. 

Third Stop: BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK


The park’s great expanse and stunning beauty—from minimalist desertscapes to river canyons and mountain hideaways—cannot be summed up in a few words. 

Where to stay in Big Bend National Park 


Chisos Mountain Lodge: Perched in the heart of the park, these rustic but comfortable cottages offer scenic views and access to the park’s only restaurant.

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