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Chron: West Texas & Big Bend – Majestic vistas, Old West towns and culture

From the bloggers at Chron.

Nothing beats the West Texas sky when the clouds roll in. Or when the sun sets. Or when the stars come out. Take a tour of Big Bend National Park, Marathon, Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis and Balmorhea State Park. Don’t forget your camera.

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend is Texas’ best-kept secret. The 800,000-acre park, the least-visited in our national park system, is a stunning mix of topography and ecosystems from the rugged Chisos Mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert to the verdant banks of the Rio Grande River and the hot springs bubbling up around it.

Lost Mine Trail: This popular five-mile hike (round trip) offers one of the most spectacular views in the park. Hike through Juniper Canyon, where pinyons, junipers and oaks forest the trail. The promontory offers expansive views of the Chisos and Mexico’s Sierra del Carmen peaks.

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