Big Bend National Park
Sometimes considered "three parks in one," Big Bend includes mountain, desert, and river environments. An hour’s drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. Here, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States, and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and solitude.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Rocky slopes and canyons, cactus, grass, thorny shrubs, and the occasional tree, who could guess at the hidden treasures deep underground? Beneath this rugged land are more than 117 known caves - all formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone.
The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati is a contemporary art museum based upon the ideas of its founder, Donald Judd. The specific intention of Chinati is to preserve and present to the public permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists. The emphasis is on works in which art and the surrounding landscape are inextricably linked.
A thirty seat dining room, forty odd seat courtyard, open kitchen, and a vegetable garden supplying the freshest baby greens and vegetables - all came into being by 2008 and the restaurant opened on May 22.
El Cosmico Hotel
El Cosmico is the latest lodging concept from Liz Lambert and her management company Bunkhouse. Lambert is the creative force behind the renowned Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, as well as the city's landmark coffee houses Jo's on South Congress and Downtown. El Cosmico, recently opened in the fall of 2009, extends Lambert's vision a few hundred miles west to an 18 acre plot of land in Marfa, Texas. "El Cosmico is part vintage trailer, yurt and teepee hotel and campground, part creative lab, greenhouse and amphitheatre - a community space that fosters and agitates artistic and intellectual exchange." Lambert has worked closely with renowned architecture firm Lake/Flato and Jack Sanders of Design Build Adventure, as well as with a creative team of artists, builders and students, to create a unique communal outpost in the West Texas desert.
Exhibitions 2D Marfa
continuing, rotating exhibits of work by nine artists from
across the US with an emphasis on reductive and
minimal drawing and sculpture
Since 1962, Marfa has been the site of numerous Regional and National Soaring contests. The 1970 World Soaring Championships, and where "The Sun Ship Game" soaring movie was filmed. Marfa is now a destination for filmmakers, artists, musicians, writers and glider pilots.
-Marfa Gliders Website
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
rom the low desert brush, inhabited by javelinas and desert reptiles, to the high, lush mountain evergreens with nesting golden eagles and amphibians, Guadalupe Mountains is a refuge for plant and animal species of all types.
Hueco Tanks State Park
Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, is located 32 miles northeast of El Paso in El Paso County. It was obtained from the county by special deed on June 12, 1969, and by purchase of 121 additional acres on August 10, 1970. This site was opened to the public in May of 1970. This 860.3-acre park is named for the large natural rock basins or "huecos" that have furnished a supply of trapped rain water to dwellers and travelers in this arid region of west Texas for millennia.
is located in Marfa, Texas. Marfa, a town of 2,000 people, provides a unique setting for an art gallery because it is the home of the Chinati and the Judd Foundations. These foundation include major permanent installations by Judd, Flavin, Andre, Kabakov, Roni Horn and others. The Ayn Foundation supports installations of work by Maria Zerres and Andy Warhol's "Last Supper" series.
Tue to Fri 8am to 8pm
Sat 8am to 5pm
Closed Sun and Mon
Ironheart Bodybuilding and Fitness
601 E Waco Street
Marfa, TX 79843
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Ballroom Marfa is a dynamic, contemporary cultural arts space that provides a lively intellectual environment where varied perspectives and issues are explored through visual arts, film, music, and performance. As an advocate for the freedom of artistic expression, Ballroom Marfa’s mission is to serve international, national, regional, and local arts communities and support the work of both emerging and recognized artists working in all media.
Marfa Book Co
105 South Highland Marfa, Texas 79843
432 - 729 - 3906
Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am through 7 pm.
Maiya Keck was born on April 2 1970 in Providence Rhode Island. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in painting in 1992.
Maiya moved to Marfa, Texas in 1994. The restaurant opened in April 2002. Her restaurant experience includes: the Bluepoint Oyster Bar; and Al Forno, where she had the privilege of working with Maureen Pothier, Johanne Killeen and George Germon.
She currently lives in Marfa and recently opened a small grocery store, The Get Go.
208 S. Summer St / P.O. Box 373
Marfa, TX 79843
Thursday - Sunday 2 - 6 p.m.
or by appointment.
McDonald Observatory, a research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, is one of the world's leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, and public education and outreach. Observatory facilities are located atop Mount Locke and Mount Fowlkes in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, which offer some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States.
The Hotel Paisano was built by Charles Bassett of El Paso and opened in June 1930. It was one of five hotels that he built in west Texas and eastern New Mexico of the Gateway Hotel chain. He commissioned notable architect Henry Trost of Trost and Trost in El Paso for the architectural design. The construction company was McKee Construction out of El Paso that had built most of the early Hilton Hotels around Texas in the 1920's and 1930's as well as most of the office buildings in downtown El Paso of that era.
The Paisano was for the most part a cattleman's hotel for its first 40 years. Ranchers from all over the area had business meetings here and bought and sold their herds from the lobby of the hotel. The railroad depot was two blocks away so many rail travelers stopped in for a night in their travels between California and San Antonio. The hotel was also the prime location for social events within a 100 mile radius of Marfa. Many weddings, parties, receptions, proms and meetings were held at the Paisano.
In 1955 Warner Brothers chose Marfa as the location for the filming of the epic movie Giant. In June of that year the cast and crew including James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson made the hotel their headquarters. Today, the hotel still has many visitors that come to see and remember Giant. James Dean's hotel room here is one of the most popular that we have to offer. In July 2005 the Chamber of Commerce is having a 50th anniversary celebration of the movie with hopes to attract some of the stars from the movie.
A locally run hotel since 1959, Bob Harris of Lake/Flato Architects reinvigorated the Thunderbird’s classic ‘50s horseshoe shape and interior courtyard for its 2005 reopening. The renovation transformed the structure into a model of modern design and livability while maintaining the original hotel’s bygone feeling of leisure.
The Thunderbird is everything a small hotel should be, providing privacy, hospitality and stylishness without pretension. With its pool and pale blue exterior reflecting the desert sky, a sensation of light and spaciousness pervades. Stands of native plants and cacti anchor the hotel in its environment, and a latticework of salvaged oil-field piping shades the breezeways and poolside lounge with orange honeysuckle vines. Careful landscaping, attention to detail: the Thunderbird is characterized by a wealth of inviting spaces.
White Sands New Mexico National Park
Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Here, dunes have engulfed 275 square miles of desert creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield.
White Sands National Monument preserves this dunefield, along with the plants and animals that have adapted to this constantly changing environment.
Chinati Hot Springs
An oasis nestled deep in the Chinati Mountains of West Texas, The Chinati Hot Springs offers its visitors a one-of-a-kind experience. Opened in the 1930’s by the Kingston family and once owned by renowned minimalist artist Donald Judd, the natural spring has provided healing waters to the indigenous people of the area for thousands of years. Today, the Springs offer a peaceful atmosphere for people to relieve themselves of the stresses of everyday life and discover the restorative waters that have made this area so magical.