Where is Far Flung?

We're not kidding when we say it's the last frontier.  Big Bend is a long way from anywhere.  The nearest Wal-Mart is two and half hours away.  So factor in some extra travel time whether you're driving, flying or traveling by train.

Directions to Far Flung Outdoor Center

We are located on Farm Road 170 about one-half mile west of the intersection of Highway 118 and Farm Road 170.   Specific directions can be found below.

A Word About GPS Units

We could tell you some funny stories about guests who have tried to find us using the latest GPS gadgets, but we'll spare you the details.  While the GPS units will eventually get you to the Big Bend, they may route you through Canada or Poland, so be sure to use a map (one of those old paper things) to help guide the way!

Driving

We are 10-12 hours from Houston and Dallas; 7 hours from Austin and San Antonio; 5-6 hours from El Paso and Lubbock. Please add an extra day of driving on both ends of your trip to account for distances. Repair shops in the Big Bend are few and far between, so make sure the old clunker is in good working condition.

  • If you are driving from Houston - our suggestion is to travel I-10 to San Antonio and then take Highway 90 through Del Rio for the drive out to Big Bend. On the return trip, take I-10 from Fort Stockton back to Houston, which is a faster journey.
  • If you are driving from Dallas - take I-20 to just west of Odessa, then take either Farm Road 1053 or Highway 18 (from Monahans) south to Fort Stockton. Then Highway 67 South to Alpine and Highway 118 South to Study Butte/Terlingua.
  • If you are driving from Austin - take Highway 290 through Fredericksburg to I-10; travel west on I-10 to Fort Stockton; take Highway 67 to Alpine, then Highway 118 South to Study Butte/Terlingua.
  • If you are driving from El Paso - take I-10 east to Van Horn, then Highway 90 to Alpine; then Highway 118 South to Study Butte/Terlingua.

Local Directions

Here are directions from some of the surrounding towns and locations in the Big Bend:

If you are driving from Alpine, Texas - take Highway 118 South out of Alpine and travel 80 miles (make sure you have plenty of fuel) to Study Butte/Terlingua.  As you enter Study Butte/Terlingua watch for FM 170 coming in from the right.  Turn right on FM 170.  We are about 1/2 mile down on the left hand side of the road.  Look for our large yellow sign.

*  If you are driving from the Chisos Lodge in Big Bend National Park - take the only road out of the Chisos Basin until you arrive at the T intersection of the main park road.  Turn Left.  Follow this road all of the way out through the west entrance of the park.  Once you leave the park, the road will turn into State Highway 118.  Travel about two miles north on 118 until you intersect with FM 170.  Turn left onto FM 170.  We are about 1/2 mile down on the left hand side of the road.  Look for our large yellow sign.

If you are driving from Lajitas, Texas - take FM 170 east towards Study Butte/Terlingua.  You will travel about 17 miles passing the Terlingua Ghosttown along the way.  Keep driving and watch for the big yellow Far Flung sign on the right hand side of the road.  We are located about 1/2 mile from the intersection of FM 170 and Highway 118.

If you are driving from Marfa, Texas - the fastest way to get to Far Flung's office from Marfa is to travel east on Highway 90 to Alpine, Texas.  At the second blinking light turn right or south onto Highway 118.  Study Butte/Terlingua is 80 miles away, so make sure you have plenty of fuel.   As you enter Study Butte/Terlingua watch for FM 170 coming in from the right.  Turn right on FM 170.  We are about 1/2 mile down on the left hand side of the road.  Look for our large yellow sign.

If you are driving from Marathon, Texas - the fastest way to get to Far Flung's office from Marathon is to travel west on Highway 90 to Alpine, Texas.  Just past the McDonald's restaurant coming into Alpine start looking for the Highway 118 South turn.  Take Highway 118 south to Study Butte/Terlingua (80 miles, so make sure you have plenty of fuel).  As you enter Study Butte/Terlingua watch for FM 170 coming in from the right.  Turn right on FM 170.  We are about 1/2 mile down on the left hand side of the road.  Look for our large yellow sign.

If you are driving from Presidio, Texas - take FM 170 east towards Lajitas and travel about 55 miles.  You will pass through Lajitas and then pass the Terlingua Ghosttown on the way to Far Flung's office.   Because the road follows the Rio Grande and has many curves, you will not make good time.  Plan on 1.5 hours from Presidio to the Far Flung office.  Keep driving and watch for the big yellow Far Flung sign on the right hand side of the road.  We are located about 1/2 mile from the intersection of FM 170 and Highway 118.

Flying

Southwest Airlines has the best connections into Midland. Several rental car agencies are available at the airport. Drive time from the Midland airport to Big Bend is about 3.5 hours.

Southwest and American have the best connections into El Paso. Rental car agencies are plentiful at the El Paso airport. Drive time from the El Paso airport is 4.5 hours.

Trains

Amtrak (800-872-7245) has service several times a week into Alpine, but don't be in a big hurry as the train can sometimes run late. Local rental car service is available at Alpine Auto Rental (see below).

Rental Car Service

Alpine Auto Rental (800-894-3463) has vehicles available out of Alpine, Texas and can deliver them to the Amtrak station or Alpine airport.