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Big Bend or Bust! => The West Texas Fandango (aka Road Trip) => Topic started by: Slimkitty on October 04, 2017, 09:14:17 AM

Title: Campsites between Alpine-Marfa-Presidio?
Post by: Slimkitty on October 04, 2017, 09:14:17 AM
We're headed out to Big Bend the week after Thanksgiving.  This time it's going to take us a bit longer to get there since we'll have the baby with us.  I'm planning to end up in the Marfa area the day before we dip down towards Presidio and officially begin the vacation.  We want to tent camp that evening, and I'm curious what our options are in that area.  El Cosmico is the only place I know about, and I'm a little hesitant to take my family there.  Any advice or experiences with El Cosmico or other campsites in the area would be greatly appreciated!
Title: Re: Campsites between Alpine-Marfa-Presidio?
Post by: Flash on October 04, 2017, 09:46:55 AM
There is the Davis Mountains State Park near Ft. Davis.
Title: Re: Campsites between Alpine-Marfa-Presidio?
Post by: mule ears on October 04, 2017, 04:44:01 PM
Marathon motel has tent sites I believe

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Title: Campsites between Alpine-Marfa-Presidio?
Post by: Slimkitty on October 04, 2017, 06:41:18 PM
There is the Davis Mountains State Park near Ft. Davis.

I like this idea.  We're coming from the east on I-20, and usually once I've passed the midland/Odessa area I'm itching to get off the interstate so I've never considered passing through the Davis Mountains area.  It looks like it's a pretty scenic drive south of I-10.


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Title: Re: Campsites between Alpine-Marfa-Presidio?
Post by: Flash on October 04, 2017, 08:55:32 PM
There is the Davis Mountains State Park near Ft. Davis.

I like this idea.  We're coming from the east on I-20, and usually once I've passed the midland/Odessa area I'm itching to get off the interstate so I've never considered passing through the Davis Mountains area.  It looks like it's a pretty scenic drive south of I-10.


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Our family's first exposure to the Trans-Pecos area of Texas when the kids were small was a couple summer trips to the Fort Davis area, which is over a mile high and relatively cool in summer. Lots of things to drive and go see from there.

Would suggest you exit I-10 at Balmorhea, take TX-17 south, which will go past the spring fed pool by the same name, and then take you up Wild Rose Pass to reach Ft. Davis. The side trip off of TX-17 on 1832 to the entrance of Buffalo Trail Scout Camp is very scenic, if you have time.