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Dallas to Big Bend

We are driving from DFW area to Marfa of Marathon, Tx.

Any ideas on where to stop along the 11 hr. drive

Going on to Chisos Mt Lodge, never been before, would welcome planning tips

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1. Re: Dallas to Big Bend

If you're going to Big Bend, then stay in Marathon or Alpine. Marfa makes no sense and actually has very few places to stay.

What to do between the two depends on the route you're taking. Yahoo! Maps says that the quickest route is to take I-20 out to Monahans and drop down on TX 18 to Fort Stockton. However, you could also take I-35 south to either TX 29 in Georgetown (a bit of a short-cut I use when I don't want to go through Austin), which cuts through some great little towns, or all the way to US 290 that will bring you to Fredericksburg, which is a wonderful town. Lots else to see on that route, like Pedernales Falls, Enchanted Rock, not to mention Austin, itself.

If you take I-20, there's very little out there of interest. Just to the south of the interstate, close to Weatherford, is Dinosaur Valley State Park. West of that, north of the interstate, is Possum Kingdom Lake, which is a pretty area. Near Monahans are the Monahans Sandhills, which you see on those Texas tourism ads on TV, but are not really that dramatic. You could also take a sidetrip to Balmorrhea, Fort Davis or even up to the McDonald Observatory.

There is another route that you could take, going through San Angelo, but that will take a while.

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2. Re: Dallas to Big Bend

Just to clarify, both Marfa is about three hours from Big Bend National Park and Marathon is a little over an hour, close to two if you are driving all the way in to the Lodge. Chisos Mountain Lodge is in neither of those places, but rather in the park itself.

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3. Re: Dallas to Big Bend

Take your foil hat if you are going to Marfa. They have strange lights there.


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