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Old 05-24-2014, 04:29 PM   #1
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Looking for things to explore in West Texas

Hello gang! So Uncle Sam has seen fit to place me in West Texas.
About 60 Miles South of Abilene..
And I was wondering if Anyone had any ideas for some (relatively nearby) places to visit..
I was thinking of ghost/abandoned towns, or abandoned mines/factories or neat places like that.
any Ideas??
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:38 PM   #2
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Did they station you at Ft Chadbourne? J/k, probably hadn't stationed anyone there in awhile.......

Head south & hit the 3 Sisters for sure. Could always go west to Big Bend also if you have more time. There are lots of roads a few hours away from you.
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:50 AM   #3
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As maximus alludes, "relatively nearby" in West Texas almost always means hours, plural. There is plenty to see and do, just plan on it taking some time to get there.
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:29 AM   #4
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Look up Fort McKavett and go visit it. A very well preserved historic place.
www.visitfortmckavett.com/index.aspx?page=9

Go see Palo Duro canyon just southeast of Amarillo. Go see Big Bend state park and Fort Davis and the Davis observatory. While there go north to Balmorhea and see the huge artesian well swimming pool.

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Old 05-26-2014, 07:42 AM   #5
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http://ghosttowntexas.com/terlingua.html


All that country out south and west of Teringua and Study Butte are covered in Ghost towns, camps and mines. Pick up several USGS maps of the area and ride that back country. Bring plenty of water though !
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:08 PM   #6
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And on the northwest side of Big Bend, 18 miles north of Presidio, is the tiny hamlet of Shafter, an old silver mining town that closed down in the 1940's.

Follow the signs to the top of the hill and visit the tiny, one-room museum where the town's history is archived. Once populated with around 2,000 people in its' boom times, now about 30 people call it home.

http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGho...afterTexas.htm


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Old 05-27-2014, 02:18 AM   #7
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One thing to keep in mind is that very little of Texas is public land. The western side of the state is a patchwork of public, private and semi-private roads (shared easements.) In open range counties expect to find gates or cattle guards across public county roads. Likewise some private roads may appear to be public when they are not. Signage cannot be counted on.

Google maps is guaranteed to lead you astray and Garmin maps are not much better. While you may ride for months or years without running afoul of some angry rancher, it only takes one to buy your multiple trips to the county courthouse clearing up the trespassing charges. TxDOT publishes a series of public road maps that can be accessed at this URL.

http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/g...rid_search.htm

If you head out to Brewster and Presidio counties where Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park are, check with the park headquarters for information on the great riding in the parks. The land between the two is Terlingua Ranch where most of the roads are private and only landholders or guests can legally use them.

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Old 05-27-2014, 06:30 PM   #8
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One thing to keep in mind is that very little of Texas is public land. The western side of the state is a patchwork of public, private and semi-private roads (shared easements.) In open range counties expect to find gates or cattle guards across public county roads. Likewise some private roads may appear to be public when they are not. Signage cannot be counted on.

Google maps is guaranteed to lead you astray and Garmin maps are not much better. While you may ride for months or years without running afoul of some angry rancher, it only takes one to buy your multiple trips to the county courthouse clearing up the trespassing charges. TxDOT publishes a series of public road maps that can be accessed at this URL.

http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/g...rid_search.htm

If you head out to Brewster and Presidio counties where Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park are, check with the park headquarters for information on the great riding in the parks. The land between the two is Terlingua Ranch where most of the roads are private and only landholders or guests can legally use them.

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This. Pay attention to the private stuff. Lots going on in the region and the landowners are on guard. Rightfully so.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:25 PM   #9
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There is a lot to see and do in the Balmorhea/Fort Davis/Marfa area!

I especially get a kick out of the Marfa Prada Store (which is really closer to Valentine). Every time I see it I want to laugh hysterically because of the terrific sense of cognitive dissidence it produces.

Other people just shrug and say WTF.
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