South Texas Boy Goes West 

When I was young, old Western movies portrayed Texas as a land of mountains, cacti and desert as far as the eye could see. But where I grew up, in the flat brush country of South Texas and the grasslands and crop fields of “the Valley,” it was nothing like that.

When I got older and moved to the “Hill Country” (Central Texas), the landscape still didn’t look like what I saw in the movies. It wasn’t until my early twenties, when I learned about the Trans Pecos region at a Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo, that I realized such a land did exist here in Texas. I picked up a pamphlet at a booth and there it was: the Wild West.

I was immediately enamored with what I read and saw. The deal was done; my then girlfriend (now wife) and I, along with a couple of friends, were heading to West Texas. It was everything I could have ever imagined. Despite the 9-10 hour drive, I went back three times.

A Unique Landscape Full Of History 

West Texas is an unforgiving region that may seem like nothing but a rugged wasteland in passing. But those who stop to take it all in quickly discover it’s one of the most beautiful regions in the entire country.

If you love history, you’ll get it all here, covering the ancient days of dinosaurs, Native Americans living in the area, Spanish occupation, and the establishment of the U.S. Military to protect American settlers. All equally impressive as the land itself.

It’s an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, with countless hiking opportunities, cold and hot springs, canyons, the mighty Rio Grande river, and the most beautiful sunsets and display of stars you’ve ever seen.

Fast forward to 2017. It was time to share the experience with my family and friends. We spent most of our time in the Fort Davis Mountain area and occasionally made our way down to Big Bend National Park.

“It’s an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, with countless hiking opportunities, cold and hot springs, canyons, the mighty Rio Grande river, and the most beautiful sunsets and display of stars you’ve ever seen.”ACK Director of Brand Marketing, Roland Jimenez

Enjoy my photo journal of the trip:

Chisos Mountains
Big Bend National Park Entrance
Rio Grande at Santa Elena Canyon
Local watering hole in Alpine, Texas
Balmorhea State Park
Sunset in the Chisos Mountain Basin
On top of the world at Lost Mine trail in Big Bend
West Texas wildlife
Sifting through rocks in the river at Santa Elena Canyon
Playing in the river at Santa Elena Canyon
History is everywhere in West Texas
Davis Mountains
West Texas night sky