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10 Hot Spots on the Way to Big Bend

Known as the gateway to Big Bend, El Paso is where many start their adventure. With so much to see an do along the way, deciding what to check out can be daunting so we’ve narrowed it down for you. Check out our list of hot spots you won’t want to pass up while traveling to the Big Bend region.

Chinati Foundation
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Chinati Foundation
1 Calvary Row
912-729-4362 

Founded by minimalist artist Donald Judd, this contemporary art museum is an international sensation. Chinati features sculptures, paintings, drawings, installations and other works by renowned artists Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, Claus Oldenburg & Choose van Bruggen, Dan Flavin, Ilya Kabakov, Roni Horn and many more.

Wrong Marfa
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Wrong Marfa
110 W. Dallas St.
432-729-1976 

Get it right at the wrong store in Marfa. This store and gallery is home to a unique mix of rare items found only in Marfa. You can’t miss the giant, orange neon horseshoe sign in the front!

Food Shark
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Food Shark
220 W. San Antonio
432-386-6540  

This well-known Marfa staple serves up a delicious rotating Mediterranean menu.

Cosmico
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Cosmico
802 S. Highland Ave.
732-729-1950 

This 18-acre trailer, tent and teepee hotel is a 10 minute walk to art galleries, dining and shopping. Vintage trailers come with kitchenettes and private bathrooms.

Big Bend Brewing Co.
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Big Bend Brewing Co.
3401 US-90
432-837-3700  

This locally owned and operated brewery has quickly ascended in popularity since opening its doors in 2012. Brews are distinctive and complex propelling this hot spot into one of the most visited breweries in the region.

Museum of the Big Bend
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Museum of the Big Bend
400 N. Harrison St.
432-837-8143 

Located on theSul Ross State University campus, the museum is has been preserving the area’s history for over 80 years. Built in 1936 exhibits include Buffalo Soldiers, Early Native Americans, Big Bend Legacy and more.

Starlight Theatre Restaurant & Saloon
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Starlight Theatre Restaurant & Saloon
631 Ivey Rd.
432-371-2326  

Situated in the Terlingua Ghost Town, this establishment is like nothing you’ve seen before. Visitors enjoy live entertainment, tasty eats and rollicking drinks.

Gage Hotel
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Gage Hotel
102 Northwest HWY 90
432-386-4205  

Residing in the heart of the Texas Mountain Trail, the Gage Hotel is known as one of America’s last frontiers. For generations the hotel has offered not just a place to relax and hang your hat, but and a place to reflect and reconnect. Charming shops, country churches and local eateries are all within walking distance.

Balmorhea State Park
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Balmorhea State Park
9207 TX 17
432-375-2370 

Known as the Oasis in the Desert, Balmorhea is the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. Visitors enjoy swimming, scuba diving and more. With water temps in the mid 70’s year round, a trip to this historic park is appropriate any time of the year!

Big Bend Saddlery
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Big Bend Saddlery
2701 US 90
432-837-5551  

This local tack shop is home to uniquely handcrafter leather supplies such as wallets, holsters, belts, saddles, and more. Opened in 1905, the saddlery is a must-see when traveling through the high desert.


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