The Window Trail – Big Bend National Park

One of the “must see” hikes at Big Bend National Park, the Window Trail proved to be an excellent introduction into this remote area.  On the National Park Service website, the distance of the hike is about 5.5 miles from the Visitors Center near the Chisos Mountain Lodge.  However, we found parking in the campsite/picnic … More The Window Trail – Big Bend National Park

Closed Canyon Trail at Big Bend Ranch State Park

A very short, yet interesting trail lies about four miles west of the Hoodoos Trail:  the Closed Canyon Trail. It’s namesake is well earned as hikers will discover since the vast majority of the 1.4 mile round-trip trek takes them through a very narrow canyon! It was unseasonably hot that day in March, and yet, … More Closed Canyon Trail at Big Bend Ranch State Park

Sacred Heart Catholic Mission Church at Shafter Texas

Located in the heart of the Chinati Mountains, on none other than Church Road in Shafter, Texas… is Sacred Heart Catholic Mission Church.  Built in 1890, the exterior is simple, unadorned, complimentary of the sparse, desolate terrain surrounding it. In spite of the fact that Sacred Heart hadn’t the “bells and whistles” of more ornate … More Sacred Heart Catholic Mission Church at Shafter Texas

Elephant Rock

A unique formation lies north of Shafter, Texas on US 67.  There, perched on a hill in a sparse field littered with a few rocks, yucca and tumbleweed, is the Elephant Rock. Separated from humans by a barbed wire fence, it spends each day keeping watch over the Chihuahuan Desert, ensuring peace and tranquility for … More Elephant Rock