Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rock Art at Red Rock Ranch

Most travelers heading down I-10 never get off the road and see what adventures await them, for example...Van Horn boasts Red Rock Ranch, a private ranch offering hiking and rock art tours. For more opportunities, check the Texas Mountain Trail website, including the Top Ten 15 Minute Rest Breaks in the region, selected by friends of the Trail.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Mariscal Mine

Along the backcountry River Road in Big Bend National Park, there's a ruin of an old mercury mine that's fun to explore, Mariscal Mine abandoned for more than 60 years...check it out!

Thursday, May 29, 2008


....gracing the Van Horn Cemetery!
Tucked in the north side of town with perfect views of Turtleback and Six Mile Mountains (you can see them yourself as the last frame of the video below), this is a great place for an early morning walk for birdwatching or to see the flowers lovingly tended by local citizens.

West Texas Trip

Here's the video billboard ad showing in Times Square twice an hour for 18 hours a day through August 3rd!

Bonus photo

We want others to see West Texas, so through most of the summer, images of our region will be playing in Times Square in New York City. You can see the video ad above, which directs visitors to the new website made with partners in this project, Fort Davis and Midland,! Check it out!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Layers of Rock in Big Bend

Visible at Ernst Tinaja in Big Bend National Park in the Texas Mountain Trail region in Far West Texas.
You can read more about the geology of the park, here.
Information about this hike, here, and other great hikes in the region, here!

Monday, May 26, 2008

No Country for Old Men

Cormac McCarthy wrote about this place in Van Horn in his book, No Country for Old Men. The scene didn't make it into the movie, but you can see it yourself, by taking the second Van Horn exit and traveling south from I-10...just 1/2 block away from the interstate!

And no, you can't buy Diesel Fried Chicken in town, but there is a lovely hometown restaurant, Pappa's Pantry, just across the street!