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Guidebook for Terlingua

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Guidebook for Terlingua

Food Scene
This is the best Mexican food around and my favorite restaurant. It may look like a hole in the wall as it used to be the old post office. I think you can't go wrong with the Mexican plate which has 1 of everything. Jimmie always orders the green chile verde. He also swears the hamburgers and homemade fries are the best in town. Rio Bravo is open for lunch, closes for midday and reopens at 6pm. They are closed on Sundays. BYOB.
Rio Bravo
This is the best Mexican food around and my favorite restaurant. It may look like a hole in the wall as it used to be the old post office. I think you can't go wrong with the Mexican plate which has 1 of everything. Jimmie always orders the green chile verde. He also swears the hamburgers and homemade fries are the best in town. Rio Bravo is open for lunch, closes for midday and reopens at 6pm. They are closed on Sundays. BYOB.
You just can't beat the selection at the Starlight. They got axis burgers to wild boar sausage, chipotle pork medallions to big bowls of chili. Most people love the chicken madera the best. There is free entertainment on most nights, usually some guy with a guitar. Starlight opens at 5pm.
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Starlight Theatre
631 Ivey Rd
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You just can't beat the selection at the Starlight. They got axis burgers to wild boar sausage, chipotle pork medallions to big bowls of chili. Most people love the chicken madera the best. There is free entertainment on most nights, usually some guy with a guitar. Starlight opens at 5pm.
Well it is the only coffee shop in town, and if that is your craving, it is the spot to be. They also have wifi.
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Espresso Y Poco Mas
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Well it is the only coffee shop in town, and if that is your craving, it is the spot to be. They also have wifi.
Well, if you are looking for a traditional breakfast, this is your only choice. There are only couple places open for lunch in Terlingua. I like the Texas toothpicks, jalapenos and onions thinly sliced, battered and deep fried. They have wifi and are next to the laundromat.
Big Bend Motor Inn Store and Restaurant
Texas 118
Well, if you are looking for a traditional breakfast, this is your only choice. There are only couple places open for lunch in Terlingua. I like the Texas toothpicks, jalapenos and onions thinly sliced, battered and deep fried. They have wifi and are next to the laundromat.
This restaurant is open all day, everyday. This is not the norm in Terlingua. They make mean breakfast burritos that are well worth the money. They have a screened in patio that is nice.
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Chili Pepper Cafe
100 TX-118
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This restaurant is open all day, everyday. This is not the norm in Terlingua. They make mean breakfast burritos that are well worth the money. They have a screened in patio that is nice.
Well there is one reason to go here and that is the VIEW. Ok, the salad bar is pretty nice too.
Chisos Mountains Lodge Restaurant
1 Basin Road Station
Well there is one reason to go here and that is the VIEW. Ok, the salad bar is pretty nice too.
Shopping
Well there is not much shopping to be had in Terlingua, you can hit every store here in an afternoon. The Trading Company has a little of everything, from books to salsas, silver jewelery, Day of the Dead items, to clothes. It is also where you can pick up the brochure for the walking tour of the ghost town. Out front is "The Porch" where all the locals socialize. Come and be a part of it!
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Terlingua Trading Company
100 Ivey St
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Well there is not much shopping to be had in Terlingua, you can hit every store here in an afternoon. The Trading Company has a little of everything, from books to salsas, silver jewelery, Day of the Dead items, to clothes. It is also where you can pick up the brochure for the walking tour of the ghost town. Out front is "The Porch" where all the locals socialize. Come and be a part of it!
Located half a mile from the Cottonwood General Store is Many Stones, our local rock shop. Here you will not only find lots of rocks of varying showiness, but silver jewelry, and cactus for sale.
Big Bend Stone
3 Casa Rosa Rd
Located half a mile from the Cottonwood General Store is Many Stones, our local rock shop. Here you will not only find lots of rocks of varying showiness, but silver jewelry, and cactus for sale.
Drinks & Nightlife
Well, most folks wonder just what they got themselves into when they walk in the door. You go down into a cave like dwelling, custom crafted that is a bit dark, but full of bright characters. They carry all the local selection of drinks, have entertainment regularly, and make the best brisket and pizzas around.
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la Kiva Restaurant & Bar
23220 Farm to Market 170
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Well, most folks wonder just what they got themselves into when they walk in the door. You go down into a cave like dwelling, custom crafted that is a bit dark, but full of bright characters. They carry all the local selection of drinks, have entertainment regularly, and make the best brisket and pizzas around.
Out front is what we call "THE PORCH". This place is the hub for local interaction. From sun up to sun down, you will find an array of characters lamenting the day in the shade of the porch. So grab a seat and be prepared to tell a story or two, play a tune, throw some horse shoes, and watch the best SUNSET around. The sun actually sets behind you, but reflects orange, purple, and pink on the Chisos Mountains in the far distance.
Terlingua Trading Co.
Out front is what we call "THE PORCH". This place is the hub for local interaction. From sun up to sun down, you will find an array of characters lamenting the day in the shade of the porch. So grab a seat and be prepared to tell a story or two, play a tune, throw some horse shoes, and watch the best SUNSET around. The sun actually sets behind you, but reflects orange, purple, and pink on the Chisos Mountains in the far distance.
Parks & Nature
There is 2 MUST see places in Big Bend National Park. #1. Santa Elena Canyon. You can reach the canyon by driving a loop, the Old Maverick Rd and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Santa Elena Canyon is the reason I fell in love with this region. It is a short walk to the mouth of the canyon from the parking lot, make sure you have that camera ready. There is also a 2 mile round trip hike that takes you further into the canyon. #2 The Chisos Mountains. The Chisos form the heart of our national park, and the terrain and vegetation are completely different than the rest of the Chihuahuan Desert. We have trees here and big game like mountain lions and black bears (although rare to actually see). There is a visitor center, restaurant, and gift shop. The Chisos are a good jumping off spot for many great hikes. Do not miss the 1/4 PAVED window view trail with 2 outlooks. My favorite is the Lost Mine trail, 4.8 miles round trip, because it gets you to the top in a short distance with spectacular views and the way up is exposed for more great photo opportunities. Next is the Windows trail, 5.6 miles round trip, which ends in a slot canyon. Other classics are the longer journeys of Emory Peak and the South Rim trail. You should be able to do Santa Elena Canyon and the Chisos in 1 day if you are hussling and limited on time. On the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, do not pass up Cottonwood Campground as this is where you can see lots of birds (great horned owls) and javelinas. Castolon is an old calvary outpost that has a general store with delicious Mexican ice cream, Tuff Canyon is good for a 100 yard quick view walk, the Mule Ears viewpoint and Sotol Vista is worth the drive by, and Sam Nail Ranch has a ruin of an adobe house, windmills, asparagus, pecan and fig trees. If you have the time, then my #3 is a day spent in the south end of the park at Boquillas Canyon and the Hot Springs. The 1.4 mile hike is definately worth the effort to see the towering rock walls and a local Mexican, Mel singing into the canyon (makes a good video with the echoing). If you brought your passport, why not ride a burro into the little village of Boquillas? Have no worries here, this little town loves it's tourists. The balcony overlooking the Rio Grande at Falcon's restaurant is one of those iconic places to be, not to mention the homemade tacos are mouth watering. Bring a little cash for the trinket shopping to be had. End your day by taking the short walk into the hot springs where the water is 108 degrees, very therapeutic. If you get too hot, just take a cool dip into the Rio Grande. When heading back home, always stop at Panther Junction Visitors Center and watch the movie, read a little interpretative information, and FILL UP YOUR WATER BOTTLE FROM THE TAP OUT FRONT. This is the best water in the region, as it is SPRING WATER. If you have more days to go exploring in the national park, I recommend driving out to Ernst Tinaja to view the pastel colored rocks; it is 1 mile round trip hike. Grapevine hills hike, 2 miles round trip, is relatively flat and ends at a huge balanced rock. If 4WD is what you are after, then there is the 50 mile long River Road, that usually takes 6-8 hours to traverse, thru many different ecosystems of the Chihuahuan Desert. An alternative route is to cut in on the Glenn Springs Road, passing another great hike up Pine Canyon. When you enter the national park, they will give you a free map and newpaper.
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Parque nacional Big Bend
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There is 2 MUST see places in Big Bend National Park. #1. Santa Elena Canyon. You can reach the canyon by driving a loop, the Old Maverick Rd and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Santa Elena Canyon is the reason I fell in love with this region. It is a short walk to the mouth of the canyon from the parking lot, make sure you have that camera ready. There is also a 2 mile round trip hike that takes you further into the canyon. #2 The Chisos Mountains. The Chisos form the heart of our national park, and the terrain and vegetation are completely different than the rest of the Chihuahuan Desert. We have trees here and big game like mountain lions and black bears (although rare to actually see). There is a visitor center, restaurant, and gift shop. The Chisos are a good jumping off spot for many great hikes. Do not miss the 1/4 PAVED window view trail with 2 outlooks. My favorite is the Lost Mine trail, 4.8 miles round trip, because it gets you to the top in a short distance with spectacular views and the way up is exposed for more great photo opportunities. Next is the Windows trail, 5.6 miles round trip, which ends in a slot canyon. Other classics are the longer journeys of Emory Peak and the South Rim trail. You should be able to do Santa Elena Canyon and the Chisos in 1 day if you are hussling and limited on time. On the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, do not pass up Cottonwood Campground as this is where you can see lots of birds (great horned owls) and javelinas. Castolon is an old calvary outpost that has a general store with delicious Mexican ice cream, Tuff Canyon is good for a 100 yard quick view walk, the Mule Ears viewpoint and Sotol Vista is worth the drive by, and Sam Nail Ranch has a ruin of an adobe house, windmills, asparagus, pecan and fig trees. If you have the time, then my #3 is a day spent in the south end of the park at Boquillas Canyon and the Hot Springs. The 1.4 mile hike is definately worth the effort to see the towering rock walls and a local Mexican, Mel singing into the canyon (makes a good video with the echoing). If you brought your passport, why not ride a burro into the little village of Boquillas? Have no worries here, this little town loves it's tourists. The balcony overlooking the Rio Grande at Falcon's restaurant is one of those iconic places to be, not to mention the homemade tacos are mouth watering. Bring a little cash for the trinket shopping to be had. End your day by taking the short walk into the hot springs where the water is 108 degrees, very therapeutic. If you get too hot, just take a cool dip into the Rio Grande. When heading back home, always stop at Panther Junction Visitors Center and watch the movie, read a little interpretative information, and FILL UP YOUR WATER BOTTLE FROM THE TAP OUT FRONT. This is the best water in the region, as it is SPRING WATER. If you have more days to go exploring in the national park, I recommend driving out to Ernst Tinaja to view the pastel colored rocks; it is 1 mile round trip hike. Grapevine hills hike, 2 miles round trip, is relatively flat and ends at a huge balanced rock. If 4WD is what you are after, then there is the 50 mile long River Road, that usually takes 6-8 hours to traverse, thru many different ecosystems of the Chihuahuan Desert. An alternative route is to cut in on the Glenn Springs Road, passing another great hike up Pine Canyon. When you enter the national park, they will give you a free map and newpaper.
Well the drive from Lajitas to Presidio is rated in National Geographic as one of the top ten scenic drives in the country. It is thru volcanic mountains, with the Rio Grande in view almost constantly. There is the Contrabando Movie Set Site, where a few films have taken place, that you will come to first. Next is the top of the Big Hill, steepest paved road in Texas. Stop on top for amazing views and walk towards the river 200 yards to peer down into Dark Canyon. Closed Canyon is the best hike in the state park, 2 miles round trip, that takes you into a slot canyon barely wider than your truck. Finally is the Hoodoo Overlook, a series of balanced rocks with a nice picnic area. From here, return home, or continue on to the dusty border town of Presidio, TX and Ojinaga, Mexico. The Barton Warnock Visitor center is located in Lajitas and has information on 4WD routes and mountain bike trails.
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Big Bend Ranch State Park
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Well the drive from Lajitas to Presidio is rated in National Geographic as one of the top ten scenic drives in the country. It is thru volcanic mountains, with the Rio Grande in view almost constantly. There is the Contrabando Movie Set Site, where a few films have taken place, that you will come to first. Next is the top of the Big Hill, steepest paved road in Texas. Stop on top for amazing views and walk towards the river 200 yards to peer down into Dark Canyon. Closed Canyon is the best hike in the state park, 2 miles round trip, that takes you into a slot canyon barely wider than your truck. Finally is the Hoodoo Overlook, a series of balanced rocks with a nice picnic area. From here, return home, or continue on to the dusty border town of Presidio, TX and Ojinaga, Mexico. The Barton Warnock Visitor center is located in Lajitas and has information on 4WD routes and mountain bike trails.
This little company is the best in the Big Bend. They are a wealth of information about this region and are super helpful at helping you build a custom itinerary. They offer guided hikes, river trips, backpacking, ghost town tours, and Boquillas, Mexico day tours. They are also budget friendly.. Check out their web hikingbigbend.
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Big Bend River Tours
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This little company is the best in the Big Bend. They are a wealth of information about this region and are super helpful at helping you build a custom itinerary. They offer guided hikes, river trips, backpacking, ghost town tours, and Boquillas, Mexico day tours. They are also budget friendly.. Check out their web hikingbigbend.
Sightseeing
Well there is alot of history, and to start it all off, you should stop at the cemetary. The graves are all decorated for Day of the Dead. Then head up to the Terlingua Trading Company and get your walking tour brochure. Here you will see an old mine shaft, hotel, Perry mansion, school house and church in about a 20 minute stroll.
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Terlingua Ghost Town
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Well there is alot of history, and to start it all off, you should stop at the cemetary. The graves are all decorated for Day of the Dead. Then head up to the Terlingua Trading Company and get your walking tour brochure. Here you will see an old mine shaft, hotel, Perry mansion, school house and church in about a 20 minute stroll.
Well if you have ever wanted to cross the border into Mexico, I recommend Boquillas first (see national park). If you are looking for more of a city, then this is your closest spot, 2 3/4 hours from Terlingua. It is pretty straight forward, with 1 turn onto main street, Tres Vinas y Retes. You have all the basics, a bakery, fruiteria, herberia, boot and hat shops, some clothing retailers, and lots of little restaurants. This border crossing has a pretty good reputation, but check the local sources first just to be sure.
Ojinaga
Well if you have ever wanted to cross the border into Mexico, I recommend Boquillas first (see national park). If you are looking for more of a city, then this is your closest spot, 2 3/4 hours from Terlingua. It is pretty straight forward, with 1 turn onto main street, Tres Vinas y Retes. You have all the basics, a bakery, fruiteria, herberia, boot and hat shops, some clothing retailers, and lots of little restaurants. This border crossing has a pretty good reputation, but check the local sources first just to be sure.
Essentials
Well this little store has just about everything you can imagine. You will be surprised how jam packed it is, and being the only grocery store in Terlingua means only one thing $$$. You can fill up your water jugs here for 10 cents a gallon or buy bottled water.
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Cottonwood General Store
53710 TX-118
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Well this little store has just about everything you can imagine. You will be surprised how jam packed it is, and being the only grocery store in Terlingua means only one thing $$$. You can fill up your water jugs here for 10 cents a gallon or buy bottled water.