Day 4: Big Bend National Park
Nowhere is the West Texas landscape more spectacular than in Big Bend National Park, where the Rio Grande slices through canyons and marks the border of the United States and Mexico. “It allows you the space to find yourself—the space and the solitude to discover what’s important,” says Shawn Adams, of Marfa Meat Company, who makes regular forays into the park. In addition to soul-searching, there’s also kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing, bird-watching, and stargazing. If you want to extend the trip, do it here with a paddle down the Rio Grande. Otherwise, head back to civilization through the former mining town of Terlingua (population 58) to the Chinati Hot Springs, where you can soak away sore hiking or camping muscles. Once owned by Donald Judd, the Chinati Springs are modest but pleasantly tranquil, and are another place from which to explore the desert on foot or bike. Once the dust is washed off in the springs, it’s a five-hour haul back to El Paso and your flight home.
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