West Texas Road Trip
Art Loop Itinerary–4 Days

itinerary and image by Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Big Art depicting Rock Hudson in yellow convertible on "Giant" movie set in West Texas
Big Art depicting Rock Hudson in yellow convertible on “Giant” movie set in West Texas

This area is located in southwest Texas, about two hours from El Paso.  You can, of course, juggle the itinerary below to fit your own interests. 

Highway I-10 out of El Paso travels from Florida to California.  For this exciting art-oriented trip, take it south out of El Paso, then east to Highway 90.  From there, this loop continues to the junction with Highway 385.  Several excursions off Highway 90 are along Highways 17 and 118.  This road trip can conclude by traveling farther down to Big Bend National Park for a few days, by returning to El Paso (about 2½ hours northwest), or by continuing on to San Antonio (about 5½ hours east).  Go in spring or fall–summer can be steamy.

Day 1
Leave El Paso between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. 
visit/overnight in Marfa
stops at BIG Art/Texas Roadside Art around Valentine
lunch The Water Stop in Marfa
explore town and art galleries in Marfa
overnight at Hotel Paisano in Marfa
Marfa Lights Viewing Center in Marfa

Day 2
visit Marfa+Alpine/overnight in Fort Davis
Chinati Foundation in Marfa
grab and go lunch at Stripes convenience store in Marfa
Sul Ross State University art + museum in Alpine
overnight at Stone Village Tourist Camp in Fort Davis
pecan snack at Davis Mountains Nut Company in Fort Davis
dinner at Blue Mountain Bar & Grill in Fort Davis
evening event at McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis

Day 3
visit Fort Davis/overnight in Marathon
breakfast at Stone Village Market in Fort Davis
Fort Davis National Historic Site in Fort Davis
Davis Mountains State Park  (lunch, exploration, possible overnight) in Fort Davis
Gaige Hotel & Gardens in Marathon

Day 4
visit Marathon
explore town and gardens
If you are interested, plan to be in the area on a Sunday so you can attend Cowboy Church in Marathon.

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