Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Marfa

Chinati Foundation Museum

As you step inside the historic artillery shed, with its enormous windows, sweeping desert views and sun-dappled aluminum boxes, the Marfa hoopla suddenly makes sense. Artist Donald Judd single-handedly put Marfa on…
Top Choice Observatory in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

McDonald Observatory

Free from the light pollution of big cities, the middle of west Texas has some of the clearest and darkest skies in North America, making it the perfect spot for an observatory. Some of the world's biggest telescope…
State Park in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Davis Mountains State Park

The majestic sunrises and sunsets at this remote park rival any we've seen – and we've seen plenty. This wonderful place is just a few miles northwest of Fort Davis on Hwy 118, set amid the most extensive mountain r…
Food Truck in Marfa

Food Shark

See that battered old food trailer near the main road through town? If you do, that means Food Shark is open for business. If you’re lucky enough to catch it, you’ll find incredibly fresh Greek salad and the special…
Historic Site in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Fort Davis National Historic Site

A remarkably well-preserved frontier military post with an impressive backdrop at the foot of Sleeping Lion Mountain, Fort Davis was established in 1854 and abandoned in 1891. More than 20 buildings remain – five of…
Museum in Alpine

Museum of the Big Bend

On the campus of Sul Ross State University, this little museum is a great place to delve into the past, with exhibits on marine fossils (a warm shallow sea covered Big Bend 135 million years ago), Native American pi…
Landmark in Marathon

Target Marathon

At some point in early 2016, a tiny cinderblock shack on US 90 morphed into Target Marathon, complete with the Target bull's-eye. There's nothing here except a sly nod to Prada Marfa, itself a sly nod to commerciali…
American in Marfa

Cochineal

Foodies flock to this stylish but minimalist eatery (with outdoor courtyard) for a changing menu that showcases high-quality organic ingredients. Portions are generous, so don't be afraid to share a few small plates…
Live Music in Alpine

Harry's Tinaja

This locals' watering hole is fun, a little divey and occasionally even boisterous. You're likely to find friendly old-timers hanging out and telling stories till the wee hours, but if not, there's also a pool table…
Cultural in Alpine

Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Preserving the oral tradition of the American West, the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering is held every year in late February or early March. This down-home event takes over most of town, from university classrooms to …