Getting there

Continental offers connecting service from BWI Marshall to Midland, Tex., with fares starting at $427 round trip. Big Bend National Park is about 245 miles away.

Where to stay

Lajitas Golf and Spa Resort

877-LAJITAS (5254-827)

Rustic-elegant resort with restaurant, bar, movie house, shops and more. Near park entrance. Also offers river trips, horseback riding, skeet shooting and other adventures. Rates from $169.

Ten Bits Ranch

North County Road, Terlingua


Four cabins with Old West town theme. Runs on solar power (no TV or A/C). Offers hikes and SUV tours (the owner is a park paleontologist). Rates from $159, including breakfast.

Where to eat

Starlight Theatre

631 Ivey Rd., Terlingua


Raucous bar-restaurant with live music. Next to Terlingua Trading Co., resting place of former Lajitas mayor Clay Henry. Serves steaks, tacos, chicken-fried antelope, etc. Entrees from $14.95.

La Kiva

23222 FM 170, Terlingua


Subterranean restaurant serving barbecue, grilled meats and a wide selection of sides and sauces. Live music. Entrees from $10.

What to do

Far Flung Outdoor Center

23310 FM 170, Terlingua


Variety of adventure trips (raft, canoe, ATV, Jeep) in and around Big Bend and on the Rio Grande. Half-day river tour $69, overnight $325. Meals and equipment included; add $20 for tent and sleeping bag.

Big Bend National Park


Hike or bike in the West Texas desert and mountains or float down the Rio Grande year-round — though beware of summer heat. Free daily ranger-led programs. Entry fee: $20 per car including passengers; $10 per individual.