Hiking in Big Bend National Park: Part 3 – Restaurants & Stops

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Not all travel is about fancy hotels and First Class flights using miles and points.  You can find Big Travel with Small Money right in your own back yard.

This past December, a couple of friends and I hit the road for a weekend getaway to Big Bend National Park.  The park is on the border between the US and Mexico.  And the landscape is a magnificent mix of desert and mountains carved out by the winding Rio Grande.

Hiking In Big Bend National Park Part 3 - Restaurants Stops

There’s a Lot to See (and Eat!) on the Road to Big Bend! I’ll Tell You About Some of the Highlights From Our Trip!

Hiking in Big Bend National Park Index:

Restaurants & Stops Along the Way

Here’s a look at some of the stops we made during our trip:

1.   McDonald Observatory

The McDonald Observatory is owned by the University of Texas and contains several high tech telescopes operated by astronomers who study the stars.

Hiking In Big Bend National Park Part 3 - Restaurants Stops

Yeah, Science!

We took a guided tour, which I highly recommend, of the high powered and VERY expensive research telescopes.

Hiking In Big Bend National Park Part 3 - Restaurants Stops

The Dome on the Hill Houses the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, 1 of the World’s Largest Telescopes

Self-guided tours of the telescope are free from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.

The visitors center also has interactive exhibits and hosts solar viewings and Star Parties.

Hiking In Big Bend National Park Part 3 - Restaurants Stops

Ticket Prices for the Guided Tour and Other Activites Range From $4 to $12. Children up to 5 Years Old Attend for Free

This is a terrific destination for families!

2.   Marfa, Texas

On our way to Big Bend National Park, we stopped in Marfa, Texas.  What once was a small rail stop, has become a hot bed for contemporary art.

Just outside of town we came upon a Prada store surrounded by nothing but desert.

The shelves were lined with expensive designer shoes and bags.

Hiking In Big Bend National Park Part 3 - Restaurants Stops

But Prada Marfa Is Merely a Mirage

It’s an art installation by artists Elmgreen and Dragset.  And due to vandalism and theft over years, the bags inside the “store” are now bottomless and contain security devices.

Next, we swung by the Food Shark food truck in the center of Marfa for a bite to eat.

Hiking In Big Bend National Park Part 3 - Restaurants Stops

Unfortunately, You Won’t Earn Any Miles & Points on Your Meal at Food Shark

So be sure to bring cash or checks!

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The Menu Changes Each Day

I ordered the special of the day, lamb kabob with salad and hummus.

Hiking In Big Bend National Park Part 3 - Restaurants Stops

Fuel for the Road

3.   Terlingua, Texas

After a full day of hiking we stopped by La Posada Milagro.  It’s a guesthouse, if you’re looking for a place to stay.  But they also have a cafe and free internet.

Hiking In Big Bend National Park Part 3 - Restaurants Stops

La Posada Milagro Has Free Internet, So It’s a Great Stop for Folks Who Want to Stay Connected

For some nightly entertainment we went to the Starlight Theatre, Terlingua’s local watering hole.  They serve food, drinks, and live music.

Hiking In Big Bend National Park Part 3 - Restaurants Stops

Terlingua Oasis – Starlight Theatre

4.   Boquillas, Mexico

We eat a lot of Tex-Mex in Austin.  So when we made it across the border to Boquillas, I was looking forward to trying some authentic Mexican food.

And Boquillas Restaurant sounded like just the place!

Ordering my meal definitely challenged my Spanish skills (there was lots of pointing and hand gestures involved).

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Walk up to the Window to Place Your Order

Here, you feel like you’re at a friend or family member’s house for dinner.

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The Food Is Smoked Over Coals Which Gives It a Great Flavor

The food and service was excellent, as evidenced by my cleared plate.

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I’d Go Back to Boquillas Just for the Food!

Bottom Line

Taking a road trip to Big Bend National Park was a fun way to get away from it all!

I enjoyed spending time with my friends and trying new restaurants!

I may even return some day to get another delicious dish at Boquillas Restaurant!

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3 responses to “Hiking in Big Bend National Park: Part 3 – Restaurants & Stops

  1. My buddy and I are roadtripping this summer HOU/SAN. We’re stopping at Big Bend for the day, then will head west via Marfa (another unusual town in the middle of no where).

    Looking forward to part 2 and 3.

  2. I love West Texas! I used to live out in Valentine and would drive down to Marfa for a bit of culture, good food, and weirdness. And those night skies there were the best in the country!

  3. Did you see the strange Marfa Lights outside of town? A site not to be missed if the lights are going when there.