Things To Do

Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Chili Cook-offs, Music Festivals, Great Restaurants, Coffee, Internet, Cycling, Hiking, horse-back riding, art galleries- there’s so much to do in Terlingua, and Big Bend Campsite is close to it all.

Big Bend National Park is 7.5 miles away. Stunning views, hiking, exploring, and visiting Boquillas Mexico are just some of the activities there.

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Ranch State Park Big Bend Ranch State Park offers outdoor recreation for the truly adventurous. This remote park features rugged mountains, steep canyons, amazing views, unparalleled night skies, and solitude in a high desert setting. The park stretches along the Rio Grande in far west Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Dining and Nightlife in Terlingua

note: all restaurants have wireless internet access.

The Starlight Theatre has been the center of Terlingua nightlife for over a century. Previously open to the stars, it now has a roof, live music, full bar, and an extensive menu ranging from beans and frito chili pie to steaks and exotic game. Order the Diego Burger if you dare.

The Starlight Theatre
The Starlight Theatre

La Posada Milagro is the only restaurant in the Terlingua Ghost Town that is open for breakfast and lunch. They feature Big Bend Coffee Roasters Coffee, a selection of Mexican and American breakfasts, and sandwiches. This is where the town gathers in the morning.

La Posada Milagro
La Posada Milagro

La Kiva has a long and colorful history here and is starting a new chapter. New roof, plumbing, kitchen, bathrooms. They were open briefly for the Viva Terlingua Music Festival and we got a sample of their new menu (delicious) and decor. La Kiva is located 3.5 miles from the Ghost Town.

La Kiva
La Kiva

River Trips

There are several river tour companies in Terlingua. White water rafting, canoe trips, day trips, multi-day trips- the Rio Grande River is just minutes away.

Chili Cook-Offs

There are two Chili Cook-off festivals in November. The CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) is just West of Terlingua and the Wick Fowler Memorial Chili Cook-off is a block East of the Ghost Town.

 

Hiking, Cycling, and Car Trips

If you love nature, mountains, and wide open spaces, you’re in for a treat. Whatever level of hiking you enjoy, there’s a trail for you. Steep yourself in history with the Terlingua mine walking tour, head to Big Bend National Park for trails for beginners and expert hikers. Big Bend Ranch State Park has 238 miles of mixed-use trails, some of which are very primitive.

 

The Famous Terlingua Porch

According to local singer/songwriter Butch Hancock, Terlingua watches the sun go down in the East. This is true.

The Terlingua Porch, next to the Starlight Theatre, is where the town gathers at sundown to play acoustic guitars and sing while watching the sun reflected off the Chisos Mountains. Musicians who have jammed on the porch include all the locals including Butch, as well as noted performers such as Joe Ely, Hal Ketchum, Alejandro Escovedo, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bob Livingston… you just never know who’s going to show up.