Peace and quiet among our most famous gravestones.
Is this small West Texas town poised to be the next Marfa?
An Insta-dispatch of the Wanderer's recent trip to the Key City.
The state's top offerings, from soaking up Laura Wilson's iconic imagery in Fort Worth to getting all utopian at Utopiafest.
The state's top offerings, from supporting Dallas's musical heritage to surfing in far West Texas.
What to see, drink, eat, and more.
The state's top offerings, from Gary Clark Jr.'s Austin City Limits taping to a view of Cuba in Dallas.
The state’s top offerings, from the 20th annual Navasota Blues Fest to Bastrop’s celebration of paddleboarding.
The Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a world-class site for birding and . . . ocelotting?
The state's top offerings, from a musical salute to Lone Star longnecks to gobs and gobs of cold, cold ice cream.
The state’s top offerings, from everything you ever wanted to know about podcasting in Fort Worth to a car show like no other in Far West Texas.
Summer’s here and the time is right for diving in the deep.
What to read, hear, watch, and look at to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
The state’s top offerings, from seeing works by a painter fit for a president to celebrating skeeters.
The state’s top offerings, from Dirk Nowitzki’s big-screen debut in Dallas to an irresistible explosion of musical genres in Austin.
The state’s top offerings for the July 4th weekend, from Willie’s picnic in Austin to Billy Bob’s own version in Fort Worth.
The state’s top offerings, from the fortieth anniversary of Jaws in New Braunfels to thirty years of Shakespeare in Kilgore.
A small town that has just enough of everything but not too much of anything, which makes it an ideal place to while away an unhurried weekend.
The state’s top offerings, from the most famous Wild West bull-dogger in Taylor to all things tequila in Galveston.
The state’s top offerings, from hip-hop activism in Austin and Dallas to ice cream dreams in McKinney.
Sometimes, when you want a lot of space, you need to go somewhere small—like Canadian.
The state’s top offerings, from a showcase of extreme sports in Austin to a whole bunch of hell-raising in El Paso.
The state’s top offerings, from underwater Nirvana outtakes in Austin to thundering herds of buffalo in Canyon.
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The state’s top offerings, from pastoral spaceships in Fort Worth to gone-too-soon musical tributes in Austin.
When you’ve got Barney Smith’s toilet seat exhibit, who needs the Rothko Chapel?
The state’s top offerings, from a higher plane at the Levitation music fest in Austin to accordion wizardry in San Antonio.
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The state’s top offerings, from the king of barbecue in Austin to the kings and queens of opera in Fort Worth.
Not only are there 18 museums within a 1.5-mile radius, but the magnificent 445-acre Hermann Park is now in full bloom.
Just How Many of the Famed Cats are in Big Bend?
Because it’s not every day you get out to West Texas.
Three sites for the sleeping-bag rookie.
Driving: You can enter the park at Persimmon Gap (from Marathon, drive 70 miles south on U.S. 385 to Panther Junction) or Study Butte (from Alpine, drive 80 miles south on Texas Hwy. 118, then follow FM 170 to Maverick Junction). An entrance pass, good for 7 days, is…
I’d intended to cross the Mesa de Anguila—a plateau on the far southwestern edge of Big Bend—to reach Entrance Camp, at the head of Santa Elena Canyon, where I knew that sandy shores would be the ideal spot to pitch a tent and enjoy the sunset. I’d been told this…
“You couldn’t pick a much harder place to get to,” said Zach Hubbard, the guide who was helping me navigate a two-day paddle down Mariscal Canyon. Simply getting to the river had been a challenge: we’d met early in Terlingua, then headed across the park until we reached a backcountry stretch…
The tick-tick sound of moisture I’d been hiding from in my tent turned out to be an unexpectedly beautiful surprise: frozen flurries, falling onto my nylon tarp. I unzipped the flap to find a ghostly dusting of snow on the tawny grasses, sotol, and prickly pear. I shrugged off my…
“If it were hotter out, we’d be soaking in that pool,” said veteran guide Mike Long, who, along with his wife, Crystal Allbright, was leading our thirty-mile bike ride down Old Ore Road. The dirt trail, once a route for miners to ferry silver and zinc out from the Dead…
The famous window, that vertiginous notch in the Chisos Basin, is so spectacular and relatively simple to reach that the hike to it can feel a little like cheating. It’s worth noting that there is a short paved path from the park’s lodge to a view onto the Window, but that’s…
You can keep your Grand Canyon, Arizona. We’ve got our own South Rim. Here, atop the cliffs of the Chisos Basin, along a bruising circuit that fitness freaks tackle in six to eight hours, you can peer up to one hundred miles into Mexico. Taking in the mountains that stretch…
Exploring the park’s rugged landscape can sometimes take more determination than your average second grader can muster. Not so when it comes to Grapevine Hills, where jagged outcroppings and a field of misshapen rocks evoke the worlds of Dr. Seuss. A six-mile drivable dirt road drops you at the trailhead, no…
For a lot of my neighbors in Houston, the very notion of climbing 1,100 feet over two and a half miles is reason enough to have one’s head examined. But what do they know? Lost Mine Trail’s terrain may be rugged, but you don’t have to be an expert to tackle…
Thanks to Big Bend’s past—volcanic activity, persistent tectonic pressure, erosion—each of its canyons is as unique as a fingerprint. At the Lower Burro Mesa Pour-Off, a one-hundred-foot seasonal waterfall has washed away the tuff, or solidified volcanic ash, leaving behind a spectacular, easy-to-reach box canyon. The area was once home…
At 7,832 feet, Emory Peak is not the highest point in Texas, but it is the highest in Big Bend, which means it should grab every capable hiker’s attention. Yes, it’s a steep, five-mile climb not for the faint of heart, but the bird’s-eye perspective from this stark lookout, reached…
“The desert will scour your soul,” wrote the cantankerous environmentalist Edward Abbey. But not everybody who comes out to Big Bend, an area Abbey knew well (his classic Desert Solitaire can be purchased at Panther Junction), is looking to get roughed up. Fortunately, there is the Hot Springs Historic District,…
Few sights rival the view upstream into the 1,500-foot gorge known as Santa Elena. Its limestone cliffs and rocky depths deterred explorers until 1899, when geologist Robert T. Hill, working on behalf of the U.S. Geological Survey, headed to Big Bend to take on the “longest and least known” stretch…
Given the hours it usually takes to drive to Big Bend in the first place, it may seem counterintuitive to encourage more time behind the wheel. But the thirty-mile Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, named after the park’s first superintendent, offers such a spectacular sense of the terrain that you may…
How my wife and I got more than we bargained for on a trip to Boquillas.
My family’s first (but not last) spring break in Big Bend.
How to get around the park, sleep under the stars, and deal with the wildlife.