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BIBE to Marfa: best route?

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Offline Summit

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BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« on: February 29, 2008, 05:09:28 PM »
I was wondering  which route to take from BIBE to Marfa: 1) 118 North to Alpine, 90 West to Marfa or 2) 170 west to Presidio and then 67 North to Marfa. 

If anyone has driven both I?d love to know the times for each and which of the two is prettier in your opinion.  Thanks.

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Offline Interceptor

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Re: BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2008, 05:32:20 PM »
While they're both nice drives, I think I prefer FM 170 for scenery.  My recollection is that going through Alpine will get you there from Study Butte in about an hour and 40 minutes.  I suspect it's closer to two hours  going through Presidio.

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BigBendHiker

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Re: BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2008, 06:55:02 PM »
While they're both nice drives, I think I prefer FM 170 for scenery.  My recollection is that going through Alpine will get you there from Study Butte in about an hour and 40 minutes.  I suspect it's closer to two hours  going through Presidio.

Agree with Interceptor.  The drive by Marfa by way of Lajitas, Presidio and then Shafter is the only way to go. 

We made that trip a couple of years ago.  FM170 takes you through Big Bend Ranch State Park, which is very beautiful. Plus, you can stop and take the hike through Closed Canyon a slot canyon that goes down to the Rio Grande.  When you go through Presidio, stop in at the El Alamo Cafe; best enchiladas in that part of Texas, bar none.  The trip to Marfa from Presidio by way of SH 67 is also quite nice.  You have a great view of Chinati Peak as you head out of town. Be sure to stop at Shafter, site of a significant silver mining operation in the late 1800's through the mid 1900's.  You can still see the headframe at one of the mines while visiting the cemetery there in Shafter.

Edit -- here is a link to a website with pics and story of trip on FM170:
http://www.surgent.net/other/fm170.html


Enjoy and be sure to post pics and a trip report!


BBH
« Last Edit: February 29, 2008, 07:00:17 PM by BigBendHiker »

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SHANEA

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Re: BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2008, 07:00:07 PM »
Be sure to stop at Shafter,
BBH

and tell us if you recognize the church...  :icon_smile:

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BigBendHiker

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Re: BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2008, 07:01:32 PM »
Be sure to stop at Shafter,
BBH

and tell us if you recognize the church...  :icon_smile:

OK, Shanea...I'll bite.  You have me wondering on this one. What is the significance of the church?  Movie Andromeda Strain?



BBH

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BigBendHiker

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Re: BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2008, 07:16:37 PM »
Forgot to mention, by going on FM170, you can also stop and visit the Contrabando movie set.  Stopping off at that spot you expect to see some old grizzled cowboys to come riding up, looking for the nearest saloon and a shot of whiskey for them (and beer for their horses)...


BBH

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SHANEA

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Re: BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2008, 08:45:38 AM »
Movie Andromeda Strain?
BBH

Go to the head of the class BBH!   :eusa_clap:

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Offline presidio

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Re: BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2008, 04:25:02 PM »
Be sure to stop at Shafter,
BBH

and tell us if you recognize the church...  :icon_smile:

Movie Andromeda Strain?
BBH

It's obvious the town never recovered from that space virus. Still deserted for the most part.
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<  presidio  >
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Wendell (Garret Dillahunt): It's a mess, ain't it, sheriff?
Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones): If it ain't, it'll do till the mess gets here.
--No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Offline LandCruisers4Life

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Re: BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2008, 01:23:56 AM »
I was wondering  which route to take from BIBE to Marfa: 1) 118 North to Alpine, 90 West to Marfa or 2) 170 west to Presidio and then 67 North to Marfa. 

If anyone has driven both I?d love to know the times for each and which of the two is prettier in your opinion.  Thanks.

Driven both. The route taking you through Presidio has a lot of good scenery. However I prefer the remoter feeling of 118 North to Alpine..... Both good drives however, regardless.



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Re: BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2008, 08:32:47 AM »
Forgot to mention, by going on FM170, you can also stop and visit the Contrabando movie set.  Stopping off at that spot you expect to see some old grizzled cowboys to come riding up, looking for the nearest saloon and a shot of whiskey for them (and beer for their horses)...


BBH

I drove that route last time.  It was beautiful.  We stopped at the Contrabando movie set.  My little girl loved it!  We're big Western fans.

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Offline LandCruisers4Life

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Re: BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2008, 10:49:39 AM »
Only westerns I ever liked were Clint Eastwood  :icon_cool:

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Offline Peach

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Re: BIBE to Marfa: best route?
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2008, 11:19:03 AM »
Only westerns I ever liked were Clint Eastwood  :icon_cool:

John Wayne fans here...  :ranger:

 


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