big bend national park

Wildfires Rage through Brewster County

Did you happen to smell an odor like burning pine leaves throughout the Big Bend? That was a wildfire that destroyed over 500 acres of foliage. It crept through overgrown brush approximately ten miles south of Alpine on 118. The fires were started by lightning strikes, Tom Santry, Brewster county…

The Best Thing in the World

[By Contributing Editor, Alpine, Mark Glover] Black Gap – Raccoon prints busied the wet sand where a trail through the giant cane terminated at the Rio Grande. Pale green water meandered by. On the Mexican side a bluff of rusty sandstone rose high and leveled out with shoots of ocotillo…

Hallie Stillwell Hall of Fame Museum

[Amanda Mayo is our Contributing Editor Marfa. Click here to visit her blog.] Hallie Stillwell was a pioneer woman who married a rancher and made the trek west in the covered wagon days. She was well known in the region and in the state of Texas. Travel South from Marathon…

Big Bend Snips, October 1st 2009

–One last note on the Randi and Evi Quaid mess occurring here in Marfa… it looks as if someone has attacked the famous sign with fire. To paraphrase Jim Morrison: “weird scenes in the gold mine”. I am not going to comment or speculate too much on this. However, the…

Bears, News and Snips August 17, 2009

“This young male black bear had been hanging around the parking lot and the restaurant area of the Chisos Mountain Lodge in Big Bend National Park on Monday AM … He actually came back to the window 2 or 3 times. When he started to stand on his hind legs…

Department of the Interior Press Release

Washington, D.C. and Mexico, D.F.–In conjunction with the North American Leaders Summit held in Guadalajara, Mexico, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Mexican Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Juan Elvira announced today their commitment to strengthen conservation along the U.S. – Mexico border. The Secretary and the…