We’re not kidding when we say we’re at the last frontier. Big Bend is a long way from anywhere. The nearest Wal-Mart is two and a half hours away! So factor in some extra travel time whether you’re driving, flying, or traveling by train.
Our location: We are located on FM 170 about a half mile west of the intersection of Highway 118 and FM 170. We are on the left hand (south) side of FM 170 as you travel towards the Terlingua ghost town and Lajitas. Our office facilities are in a tan metal building with red trim. Look for the large yellow sign with our name and logo.
Physical Address: 23310 FM 170, Terlingua, Texas 79852
Arriving by car – driving directions
We are 10-12 hours from Houston and Dallas, 7 hours from Austin and San Antonio, 4.5-5 hours from El Paso, and about 3.5-4 hours from Midland/Odessa. 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.
You have two route choices driving from Houston. The fast and the slow. Since most of you are in fast mode, take I-10 west to Fort Stockton, then Highway 67 South to Alpine, then Highway 118 South into Terlingua/Study Butte.
If you don’t want to see the same scenery twice – and you are not in a big hurry – take I-10 west to San Antonio, then Highway 90 to Alpine and then Highway 118 south into Terlingua/Study Butte. Taking Highway 90 out of San Antonio will take you through more towns and stoplights, but you will get to see Lake Amistad, the Pecos River high bridge and Judge Roy Bean’s former home in Langtry, Texas. Return home via I-10 east.
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.
If you are driving from Midland/Odessa, 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.
An important word on 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 (but feel free to ask when you get here!). While the GPS units will eventually get you to the Big Bend, they may route you through Canada or Poland, so be sure and use a map to help guide the way!
Arriving by plane
Southwest Airlines has the best connections to 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 – see above for directions.
Arriving by train Amtrak(opens in a new tab) (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. Alpine Auto Rental(opens in a new tab) (800-894-3463) has vehicles available out of Alpine, Texas and can deliver them to the Amtrak station or Alpine airport.