Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hummingbird banding at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center

From our friends at Fort Davis' Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center:

"These little girls were very interested in a hummingbird banding being conducted by our local expert bander, Kelly Bryan.  The banding at CDRI was a part of last weekend’s Annual Hummingbird Festival held in Fort Davis (Hummingbird Capital of Texas).   During the banding, Kelly mentioned that a hummingbird he banded here in West Texas was recorded at a banding station just south of Anchorage, Alaska in July of ’13 and then again (at the same location in Alaska) in June of ’14.  That’s a long way for such a little bird to fly..."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pronghorn on Hwy 17

We've been having so much rain this monsoon season, so the skies are clear and the grasslands and mountains are greening up.  Also enjoying this August, the pronghorn on Hwy 17 between Fort Davis and Marfa.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Yesterday in the cactus greenhouse

Yesterday, CDRI's cactus greenhouse was abloom with Escobaria hesteri!  Don't miss the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens (CDRI) and don't forget to walk to the back of the property to visit the cactus greenhouse!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Texas Mountain Trail is all over the state!

Part of our mission is to help visitors find their own adventure in the Texas Mountains, and we're frequently at expos at large events (like this weekend's Hotter N Hell cycling event in Wichita Falls) and travel shows providing brochures and travel advice to all who are interested!
If we're not at your event, visit our website for travel information:
or our Facebook page,!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fort Davis National Historic Site

One of our favorite places in the region, Fort Davis National Historic Site.  Perhaps the best preserved frontier fort in the west, as a visitor it takes no imagination at all to put yourself back into time.  Consider a trip to the Fort on August 30, when they'll be celebrating a special day.

August 30, 2014
We will celebrate our new museum and "Old Fort Day" with Camels, Cavalry & Cannons!

10:30 AM - Flag raising and morning gun firing
11:00 AM - Grand opening ceremony and Alpine band concert
4:45 PM - Flag lowering and evening gun firing
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Special living history activities, over 50 volunteers reenacting life of the 1800s!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

El Paso's Union Station

El Paso is still served by Amtrak, on the Texas Eagle and  Sunset Limited line and passengers heading our way can stop there, or in AlpineEl Paso's Union Station, located just west of downtown is convenient for all travelers.

The Wikipedia article for the station says this:  "The El Paso Union Depot, also known as El Paso Union Passenger Depot, was designed by architect Daniel Burnham, who also designed Washington D.C. Union Station. It was built between 1905 and 1906 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971."

It is still a lovely place to catch a train!