The Story of Christmas Comes to Life at Fort Leaton’s Posada

The Story of Christmas Comes to Life at Fort Leaton’s Posada

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

A Look Back at El Cosmico’s Trans-Pecos Festival in Marfa

A Look Back at El Cosmico’s Trans-Pecos Festival in Marfa

Last September was the first time Cody Caddell traveled from Kerrville to attend El Cosmico’s Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love, a weekend-long festival with camping, music, and baseball in Marfa.

A First-Timers Guide to Big Bend National Park in West Texas

A First-Timers Guide to Big Bend National Park in West Texas

Texans love the prickly wilds of Big Bend National Park, where a sky island of mountains rises from a vast desert floor, and everything looks straight out of a John Wayne Western.

A New Memorial Honors Buffalo Soldiers History in San Angelo

A New Memorial Honors Buffalo Soldiers History in San Angelo

Named for the strong, burly buffalo that roamed the land, the U.S. Army’s first Black enlisted soldiers left a legacy of perseverance and valor in the swath of territory they served, from Alaska, Hawaii, and the Philippines to almost every state and territory west of the Mississippi River.

First Fridays on the El Paso Mission Trail Uncover Region’s Storied Past

First Fridays on the El Paso Mission Trail Uncover Region’s Storied Past

In 1680, after nearly a century of persecution and maltreatment from Spanish colonizers, the Pueblo Indians besieged Santa Fe and successfully expelled their oppressors from New Mexico for 12 years.

Did Texas Have a Jurassic Era? Plesiosaur Fossils Found in West Texas Say Yes

Did Texas Have a Jurassic Era? Plesiosaur Fossils Found in West Texas Say Yes

Approximately 150 million years ago, a toothy marine reptile swam through the Texas seas. When it died, it drifted to the bottom, where scavengers feasted and silt covered its bones.

How a Native Texan Made Traditional Turkish Footwear a Sought-after Brand in Marfa

How a Native Texan Made Traditional Turkish Footwear a Sought-after Brand in Marfa

Travel has a profound influence on Dallas-born, New York-based entrepreneur Mickey Ashmore. Not only has the 35-year-old developed an astute personal style and thorough worldview from his far-and-wide travels to places like Turkey, Africa, and across Texas, it has also charted the course of his professional life, inspiring a popular shoe line and an expanding collection of luxury goods with his company Sabah

The National Park Service Gains Oversight of Marfa’s Historic Blackwell School

The National Park Service Gains Oversight of Marfa’s Historic Blackwell School

Marfa is set to become home to the state’s fifteenth site managed by the National Park Service following Congress’ passage of the Blackwell School National Historic Site Act on September 20.

Fort Lancaster State Historic Site Offers a Glimpse of Turbulent Times on the West Texas Frontier

Fort Lancaster State Historic Site Offers a Glimpse of Turbulent Times on the West Texas Frontier

Fort Lancaster still feels like it’s on the frontier. The U.S. military built the fort in 1856 during the California gold rush to protect prospectors and migrants travelling across Texas on the road linking San Antonio and El Paso.

Organized by El Paso Students, Texas’ First Bordalo II Mural Made of Recycled Trash Pops with Hope

Organized by El Paso Students, Texas’ First Bordalo II Mural Made of Recycled Trash Pops with Hope

Instead of waiting for politicians to take action, members of a high school art club in El Paso decided it was up to them to act. 

Step Back In Time At El Paso’s Gardner Hotel As It Celebrates 100 Years

Step Back In Time At El Paso’s Gardner Hotel As It Celebrates 100 Years

Travelers entering the Gardner for the first time could understandably mistake it for a museum. Steps from the front entrance, a curio case houses rarities including a replica of infamous bank robber John Dillinger’s plaster death mask and original “wanted” poster, a handwritten letter by Leo Tolstoy, and vintage typewriters.

De-Mythifying the Lesser-Known Story of the Republic of the Rio Grande

De-Mythifying the Lesser-Known Story of the Republic of the Rio Grande

“This is gonna make such an amazing miniseries one day, isn’t it?” gushes Brandon Seale in the eighth episode of the podcast “Republic of the Rio Grande.” As host and creator of the lively and ruminative 17-part series, Seale sets aside his day job as president of San Antonio-based Howard Energy Partners and takes on the role of avocational historian to delve into this lesser-known chapter of Mexico-Texas history.

Shumla Treks Transport Hikers into the Ancient World of Rock Art in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands

Shumla Treks Transport Hikers into the Ancient World of Rock Art in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands

On a warm morning in early November, a dozen curious hikers followed a trail through spiky cactus and Volkswagen-size boulders into Upper Presa Canyon inside Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site near Del Rio.

Sympathy for the Devil in Southwest Texas

Sympathy for the Devil in Southwest Texas

In a world where we are perhaps overly dependent on GPS—focused on getting from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible—I’ve found that simply unfurling a road map and blindly jabbing a finger down on the page just to see what’s there is a surefire way of reopening my mind to the possibilities of exploration and adventure.

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