The Best of West Texas in Photos

In November of 2017, I drove out to West Texas from Austin to spend 4 days in the desert and take in the sights and sounds of Marfa, Big Bend National Park, Alpine, and literally everywhere in between. 

It was my second time to make the 6-hour trek. The first time was in October of 2016, and it was a trip centered around seeing and being seen in Marfa. My second trip, which I refer to as “The Return to Marfa” was less about partying and more about experiencing the desert’s peaceful isolation and immense beauty.

West Texas is a unique and breathtakingly beautiful part of Texas the world. It takes forever to get there, but I find that once you do, you never really want to leave. And although I joke that it’s where people go to disappear, if you look hard enough you can find plenty of good food, interesting characters, and rugged scenery.  

West Texas in Black & White Photos

The only thing between Alpine and Marfa is miles and miles of desert.
Dia De Los Muertos Offrenda by Sandros Canovas at the Capri Restaurant in Marfa, Texas.
Donald Judd. 15 Untitled Works in Concrete at The Chinati Foundation. (Please note that I was not aware that it was against the rules to walk in/around the concrete slabs. I didn’t see any signs and assumed it was an interactive exhibit). FORGIVE ME. 
More Donald Judd concrete blocks.
More Donald Judd at The Chinati Foundation.
Jumping for Judd.
The mysterious Marfa lights: Seeing is believing.
Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa art installation by Elmgreen and Dragset.
The desert has always been a very healing place for me. I recommend a lot of Epsom salt baths in old claw foot tubs.
Stopping through Alpine, Texas on the way to Big Bend National Park.
Marfa Burrito is the best birthday breakfast anyone could ask for!
Tunnel near Rio Grande Village in Big Bend National Park.
Entry point to Boquillas, Mexico in Big Bend National Park.
Boquillas, Mexico from Boquillas Canyon in Big Bend National Park.
J.O. Langford Bathhouse in Big Bend National Park.
Ready to jump in the deep end at Balmorhea State Park.


Tell Me Everything!

Have you been out to West, Texas? What’s your favorite thing to see or do?

*Disclaimer* All photos are taken by me unless stated otherwise. Please do not use without my permission and giving me credit. 

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