Trips/Other Events


2020 is the SaddleBrooke Libraries’ 30th Anniversary!

Friends is celebrating the occasion with many special events. For a complete list, please download the 30th Anniversary flyer.

Spring 2020 Bus Tour – West Texas

March 25 – April 2, 2020

We’ve developed an exciting itinerary with plenty to learn and enjoy and also free time to socialize and relax. Quirky places, fantastic food, unexpected twists will keep you enthralled as we travel along.

The first day, we’ll drive to El Paso, with a stop for lunch at Kranberry’s Chatterbox in Lordsburg, NM. Once you’ve settled into your Hampton Inn rooms in El Paso, we’ll head for dinner at the much loved local restaurant, Los Bandidos de Carlos & Mickey’s for a taste of West Texas’ version of Mexican cuisine.

On day two we’ll get oriented to El Paso and West Texas via the excellent Museum of History. Docents will lead us from past to present as the displays give an overview of the history of the area. Next door is the El Paso Museum of Art, housed in a former Greyhound bus station. Museum curators will give a special tour of the galleries with personal antidotes about their approach to the renewed display of the museum’s permanent collection. Next up, a picnic lunch via local food trucks at the historic Magoffin Home. After lunch we’ll tour this unique adobe house. You’ll be fascinated by the furnishings and the story of one of the founding families of El Paso. A look at one of the missions on the El Paso Mission Trailon the El Camino Real will be followed by a drive to the world-famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse. After a wander around the property you’ll be treated to a quintessential Texas dinner.

We’ll leave El Paso on day three and travel to the Macdonald Observatory outside of Fort Davis where we were fortunate to book an afternoon tour. The 2 1/2 hour guided tour will include the solar viewing program and a tour of the research areas. This is bound to be a fascinating experience and an educational look at the future of astronomy. From the Observatory we’ll head to Alpine where we’ll settle at the Hampton Inn, home for the next two nights.

Day four will be a day in quirky Marfa, a small town with a big history a short drive from Alpine. Once a mining town for silver and mercury, then a military town, it is now known for world-class art. Barbara will open your minds to the importance of the minimalist art movement that is evident here. When you alk to the locals they’ll fill your ears with gossip and give you a glimpse of the workings of this small town while you explore shops and galleries during free time.

Day five will take us to Lajitas Golf Resort just outside Big Bend National Park for a 2-night stay. On the way we’ll stop at Fort Davis National Historic Site, an outpost on the frontier during and after the Civil War. We’ll tour the US Army’s various residences and the post hospital. Back on the bus, we’ll take a scenic drive along the Rio Grand to Lajitas. After a short tour of the property, you’ll have a chance to relax in your room before a BBQ dinner on the patio where you’ll enjoy a spectacular mountain view.

Day six is the bus tour of Big Bend National Park. It’s a spectacular place both similar and completely different from the desert and mountains in Arizona. We will begin in the Interpretive Center at the different from the desert and mountains in Arizona. We will begin in the Interpretive Center at the Barton Warnock Visitor Center to learn about the region. We’ll take the scenic road through the park to the Rio Grande where we’ll have a box lunch picnic. The Big Bend National Park Visitors Center will enrich your understanding of the geography, history and culture. Back at Lajitas you can relax before dinner which is on your own in the resort’s restaurant.

On the seventh day we’ll head to Carlsbad, NM. Along the way we’ll stop for lunch in the quaint town of Marathon. We’ll get to the Hampton Inn in time to have a rest before heading to Yellow Brix, a local restaurant with excellent food.

First thing in the morning on day eight, we’ll drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a place you could visit over and over. It’s magical, mysterious and utterly beautiful. There are multiple options for entering
the caverns, from taking the elevator down 800 feet or walking in via the natural entrance. There are plenty of tour options depending on how much or little exercise you’d like. The cavern trail is paved and has handrails. You can rent an audio headset if you’d like to learn more about what you’re seeing. In addition, there’s a movie, natural history exhibits and a large gift shop in the visitor center. After lunch at Carlsbad Caverns we’ll board the bus and head to Las Cruces, where we’ll stay for one night at Hotel Encanto with a banquet dinner at the hotel.

Day nine is the drive home to SaddleBrooke, with a lunch stop at the fabulous Bear Mountain Lodge in Silver City. If time and energy permit, we’ll park the bus in town so you can explore the shops and galleries before we embark on the final stretch home. I’m sure you can hear our enthusiasm for this trip.

Don’t miss out on the adventure, sign up now before it’s too late and the trip fills up! First dibs go to Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries members, then to anyone who is interested. Feel free to invite friends and family to join you for this amazing West Texas tour.

Cost of the nine day trip per person (shared room rate): $2,400

Spring 2020 Tour Registration Form

Trip Itinerary