We have visited a LOT of western National Parks and have spent a LOT of time in the adjacent small out in the middle of nowhere towns. We fell in love with Terlingua. It is one of the most unique, eccentric, and captivating towns we have ever stayed in. Although there is plenty of tourist "stuff" you have to look over, there is definitely a local scene with lots of very colorful local personalities. Staying there for a week we just got a taste of it but it was interesting and enjoyable and NOT boring! Too bad it is so hard to get to but I guess that is how it developed into such a special place.