Spring 2020 Bus Tour – West Texas
March 25 – April 2, 2020
Two iconic national parks are the featured destinations on a seven day/six night bus tour to the Four Corners region sponsored by the Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries.
We are very excited about this tour and will update with further details once we’ve completed our pre-tour scouting trip next week. Here’s what we have so far:
The tour will begin with a visit to El Paso in the western corner of Texas. We will spend a day exploring the historic sites and museums including the Magoffin House, a prime example of territorial-style architecture, and the Museum of History and the Museum of Art. The tour will conclude with a visit to the three Spanish missions that mark the beginning of El Camino Royal. Dinner at the world famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse will cap off our visit to El Paso.
The third and fourth days of the tour will be devoted to the area around Alpine and Marfa. Highlights will include Fort Davis, the McDonald Observatory and the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine. We will stay in Alpine for two nights. A whole day will be spent in and around Marfa, the gateway into an area which is now a virtual melting pot containing silver and mercury mines, clandestine military and alleged UFO activity. We’ll also explore Marfa itself, the art “Mecca” of the Southwest, where Barbara will lead a tour of several of the most famous art exhibitions.
On fifth day we will venture south to the Rio Grande River for our two-night stay at the luxurious Lajitas Resort. Day six will be spent exploring the wonders of Big Bend National Park along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to the Castolon Historic District Visitors Center.
From Big Bend country we’ll head north to Carlsbad, New Mexico for the night. The next day we will go to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and venture deep underground to see the largest and most spectacular cave chamber in North America.
The final night of the tour will be in Las Cruces with a special banquet at Hotel Encanto. Our journey back to SaddleBrooke will feature lunch in the historic mining town of Silver City at the fabulous Bear Mountain Lodge.
We hope this is enough to entice you to sign up for the West Texas tour before it fills up!