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

Events

Johnson County Peach Festival – Clarksville, AR

July 18 - July 20

Peaches on Bourbon Street The longest running festival in the state! Terrapin derby, frog jump, peach pit spitting contest, parade, bicycle obstacle course, egg toss, barbershop quartet music, gospel sing, craft booths, concessions, banana split contest, street dance, greased pig chase, peach cobbler/jam & jelly bake-off, 4-mile run, water balloon toss, bass tournament, Miss Arkansas preliminary pageants, Princess Elberta pageant. So Much going on! Free Live Music by Funk Factory • Trey Johnson & Jason Wilmon • Johnson County…
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Viva Big Bend Music Festival

July 25 - July 28

Every summer, Viva Big Bend music festival brings an impressive line-up of over 50 bands to far West Texas towns including Marathon, Alpine, Marfa and Fort Davis. Join the fun this year July 25th – 28th. Visit vivabigbend.com for tickets and schedule information.   See the lineup here: http://vivabigbend.com/lineup.html
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Bike Night

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Caliente Harley-Davidson crew at Whiskey Tree Bar & Grill the first Thursday of every month for Bike Night. Music, food, cold brew, giveaways, friends, and good times.
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GRILLING AT THE GAGE WITH DEAN FEARING

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on August 10th for a special dinner created by Chef Dean Fearing followed by a Q&A and live music under the West Texas stars. Creator of Fearing’s Restaurant and the author of The Texas Food Bible, Chef Dean Fearing is known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine” and has spent his life cooking for people who love good food. Following 20-plus years at the acclaimed Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dean opened his own…
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Route 66 Biker Rally – 2019 Oklahoma After Sturgis Party

August 15 @ 8:00 am - August 18 @ 5:00 pm

If you missed Sturgis, or if you are just back and still looking to party… the RT 66 After Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Biker Party is where you want to be. Great Live Bands and Entertainment, Bike Games, People Games, Wild Contests, Vendors, Food and More There is an Air Conditioned Bar with Pool Tables, Stripper Pole and a Stage with Catwalk On-site Camping with a Swimming Pond, Sandy Beach, Hot Indoor Showers, Outdoor Showers…
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Bike Nights