Wild, Wild Texas

June 23, 2017
Marfa Film FestivalUS 20, TX 17 (Photo Courtesy Marfa Film Festival)

With miles of the state’s most rugged landscape, it’s a no- brainer that West Texas would be the setting for movies about wild men and wild times. Fandango (1985) starred Kevin Costner and a pre-Brat Pack Judd Nelson. The characters were making a spur-of-the-moment run to Mexico (something many readers can relate to) during the uncertainties of the Vietnam era. Locations included Monahans, the Rattlesnake Bomber Range near Pyote, Fort Davis, and Marfa.

Directors have discovered that modern-day westerns are intensified when displayed against the backdrop of West Texas. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) was shot throughout the Trans-Pecos and Big Bend, with sets including Monahans.

No, the name “Marfa” is not a Spanish word that translates into “great movie location,” but it might as well be. Giant (1956) may have set the baseline, but it was followed by notable movies, including No Country For Old Men (2007) and There Will Be Blood (2007). If your visit is timed right, you can catch a film or music festival in Marfa.

ALONG THE WAY

FORT DAVIS

DAVIS MOUNTAINS
STATE PARK
Park Rd. 3 (off TX 118 N.)
432-426-3337
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/davis-mountains

FORT DAVIS DRUG STORE AND HOTEL
113 State St.
432-426-3929 (restaurant) 432-426-3939 (hotel)
fortdavisdrugstore.net

FORT DAVIS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
101 Lt. Flipper Dr.
432-426-3224
nps.gov/foda

STONE VILLAGE
TOURIST CAMP
509 N. State St.
432-426-3941
stonevillagetouristcamp.com

MARFA

MARFA FILM FESTIVAL
432-943-8401
marfafilmfestival.com
Mid-July

TRANS-PECOS FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND LOVE
432-729-1950
elcosmico.com/stay/ happenings/ trans-pecos-festival
Late September

MONAHANS

JAZZ CAFÉ
214 W. Sealy (U.S. Hwy. 80)
432-943-2494
monahansjazzcafe.com

PYOTE RATTLESNAKE BOMBER BASE MUSEUM
1500 E. Sealy (U.S. Hwy. 80)
432-943-8401
facebook.com/Rattlesnake-Bomber-Base-Museum-1408456436075845

Ozona

OZONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITORS CENTER
505 15th St.
325-392-3737
ozona.com

Map Credit: Mapping Specialists

ON THE ROAD

Pit Stops

1. BENCOMO’S MOTORSPORT
701 State St.
Fort Davis
432-426-3232

2. STRIPES
4101 S. Cedar St.
Pecos
432-445-1581

Grab a Bite

1. THE BEAR DEN RESTAURANT
205 El Paso St.
Balmorhea
432-375-2273
facebook.com/pages/The-Bear-Den/108088672566197

2. PODY’S BBQ
1330 S. Cedar St.
Pecos
432-448-4635
facebook.com/PodysBBQ

Stay the Night

1. EL COSMICO
802 S. Highlands Ave.
Marfa
432-729-1950
elcosmico.com
Hotel and campground

2. HOTEL LIMPIA
101 Memorial Square
Fort Davis
432-426-3237
hotellimpia.com

Daytrip Diversions

1. WEST OF THE PECOS RODEO
1556 S. Cedar St.
Pecos
1-800-588-2855
pecosrodeo.com
Late June; home of the world’s first rodeo

Only in Texas

1. BALMORHEA STATE PARK
9207 TX 17 S.
Toyahvale
432-375-2370
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/balmorhea
World’s largest spring-fed swimming pool

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Events

$5.00 - $17

LONE STAR GOURD FESTIVAL

August 18 @ 9:00 am - August 20 @ 5:00 am

The Lone Star Gourd Festival is a 3-day gourd art event featuring a competition, a fine gourd art raffle, live and silent auctions, gourd art classes, demonstrations, venders, and a childrens make and take area. It’s a creative outlet to compete, shop, and discover new techniques for gourd art. The gourd is an incredibly versatile canvass. That dirty, lumpy gourd can be woodburned, carved, dyed, and inlaid The Lone Star Gourd Festival is set for…
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Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) returns to Grapevine for the international 39th Annual Wing Ding,

August 30 - September 2

Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) returns to Grapevine for the international 39th Annual Wing Ding, August 29-September 2, 2017. “Wing Ding” is the largest single-marque motorcycle gathering of its kind. Held annually, this event is the only major American motorcycle event to change locations each year. Riders will converge from all over the country and abroad to enjoy the riding, attractions, scenic offerings and especially the food and hospitality of Grapevine and its surrounding…
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$5 - $15

7th Annual POW/MIA Motorcycle Fun Run

September 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

7th Annual POW/MIA Fun Run benefiting veterans programs. We will also have a board of business size cards with POW/MIA’s from Texas . Pick a card and take a soldier for a ride.
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$40

Lace, Grace and Gears 2nd Annual Rally

September 28 - October 1

Join us to build the bonds of Sisterhood for All Women Motorcycle Riders and Passengers from across the U.S. and abroad– and break the World Record for the most ladies in a single riding event! This four-day rally will include self-guided Hill Country rides, scavenger hunt, guest speakers, live entertainment, contests, adventure outings, the record-breaking Parade of Sisters, and much more. Participation with registration is open to both female and male riders of any experience…
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Crockett County Deerfest

December 2 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

A community-wide appreciation banquet for hunters, this evening helps raise money for local civic organizations and the West Texas Rehab. Attendees are fed a meal of chicken-fried deer, turkey, axis, deer sausage, deer chili, deer tamales and brisket. Proceeds are raised through ticket sales for door prizes and admission fees. Previous years’ door prizes included guns, $10,000 in Cabela’s gift cards, a Polaris Ranger, and much more. FMI visit www.deerfest.org or call Martin Childress 325-277-9345
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