BTSR Local Attractions

TexasStageRoadsThere are many places to see and things to do in the area surrounding BTSR. Here are a few items that may interest your Troop as you make your plans to travel to the Davis Mountains. (These may offer great opportunities for your Troop’s Thursday night activity.) Some Troops even travel a day early, stay overnight at Balmorhea State Park, and enjoy some of the surrounding tourist attractions.

Balmorhea State Park

With a capacity of more than 3 1/2 million gallons, the pool has plenty of room for swimmers, while offering a unique setting for scuba diving. Visitors can enjoy swimming, picnicking, and camping.

McDonald OberservatoryMcDonald Observatory

Enjoy a star party, tours, and other events at the observatory under the darkest night skies in the U.S. Also enjoy solar viewing programs as well as Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evening “Star Parties.”

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Set in the rugged beauty of the Davis Mountains of west Texas, Fort Davis is one of America’s best surviving examples of an Indian Wars’ frontier military post in the Southwest. Activities include self-guided tours of buildings and ruins; hiking on designated nature trails, and picnicking at cottonwoods picnic area.

Cavalry at Ft Davis

Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine Texas

For more than 70 years the Museum of the Big Bend has been collecting and exhibiting artifacts of the vast Big Bend region. Encompassing the Davis Mountains to the north and the borderlands of Mexico, the Big Bend has been inhabited for over 11,000 years.

Marfa Lights

Marfa’s Mystery Lights are unexplained light sources that appear almost nightly. First reported by early settlers in 1883, they are best seen from the viewing area located approximately 9 miles east of town on Hwy 90. Although theories abound, no explanation can be verified, thus making the Lights a great mystery for locals, scientists and tourists.

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend is one of the largest and least visited of America’s national parks. Over 800,000 acres await your exploration and enjoyment. From an elevation of less than 2,000 feet along the Rio Grande to nearly 8,000 feet in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses, and the entire Chisos Mountain range.