Big Bend Bucket List

In my Big Bend Cookbook, each section has a bucket list of things to do and places I recommend, making the book a great resource not only for cooking and eating, but also for ideas on things to do in the region. Be sure to call in advance to check for availability and determine whether things are open. You'll also want to plan ahead with gasoline, as some stations close at odd times.


Big Bend Park

· Hikes: the Window, the hot springs, the South Rim, there is so much to explore - do as much as you can.


Terlingua / Lajitas

· Eat: Starlight Theatre, High Sierra Bar & Grill, The Boathouse, La Posada

· Stay: Lajitas Golf Resort, El Dorado

· Photo Ops: Ghost Town

· Outdoors: Golf at Lajitas, explore the ghost town, adventure sports (rafting, horseback riding, etc.)



· Eat: Capri, MarPho, Cochineal, Jetts, Squeeze, Pizza Foundation, Planet Marfa

· Stay: Thunderbird, Paisano, El Cosmico, Hotel Saint George

· Photo Ops: Prada Marfa, the water tower, the courthouse

· Indoors: several galleries, the Get Go, Big Bend Coffee Roasters, the Marfa Book Company, the well

· Outdoors: Chinati hot springs (stilll a far/remote drive from Marfa)

· Nightlife: the Lost Horse

Carefree Highway

Fort Davis

· Eat: Poco Mexico, Fort Davis Drug Store

· Stay: The Hotel Limpia, the Black Bear Lodge

· Photo Ops: Fort Davis Drug Store, the Fort

· Indoors: Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, Javelinas & Hollyhocks, ample shopping ops on main street.

· Outdoors: McDonald Observatory, Prude Ranch, Hike in the Davis Mountains State Park, hike Point of Rocks

Yucca Bloom


· Eat: Reata, Saddle Club, La Casita, Plaine, Cow Dog

· Stay: Maverick or Holland Hotel

· Photo Ops: Twin Peaks mountains, "the desk", murals

· Indoors: Frontier Street Books & several art galleries, museum of the Big Bend

· Outdoors: hike to the desk on Hancock Hill

· Nightlife: Railroad Blues, Saddle Club, Harry's Tinaja



· Eat: the Gage

· Stay: Marathon Motel, the Gage

· Photo Ops: the Famous Burro

· Indoors: James Evans Gallery

· Outdoors: The Post park