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There 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.

Local Communities

Balmorhea

A small community located just off of I-10.  Only 25 miles from camp, the town offers several small restaurants, a couple of gas stations, a hotel, and two small grocery stores.  Population 750.  Balmorhea State Park and Balmorhea Lake can be found near this community.

www.toyahvale.com

Fort DavisCavalry at Ft Davis

Located only 25 miles South of BTSR, Fort Davis has much to offer.  Several restaurants, grocery stores, hotels and RV parks, as well as the historical landmark that is the town’s namesake can all be found here.  Population 1,000.

www.fortdavis.com

Alpine

Sul Ross State University calls Alpine home and is about 60 miles away from BTSR.  Museums, art galleries, several fast food chain restaurants, laundromats, hotels, RV Parks, Amtrak train station, some great local restaurants, Alco store, gas stations, and much more can be found in Alpine.  Population 5,700.

www.alpinetexas.com

Pecos

Only 45 miles north of camp off of I-20, Pecos is home to the closest Wal-Mart!  Here you will find several chain fast food restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, museums, a small zoo, and even a golf course.  Population 9,500. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

www.pecostx.com

Local Attractions

There 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.

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/balmorhe/balmorhe.htm

See Alsohttp://www.toyahvale.com              For information call 432-375-2370

McDonald Observatory:McDonald Oberservatory

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.”

http://mcdonaldobservatory.org              Visitor Information Center:  (432) 426-3640

Fort Davis Historical 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.

http://www.nps.gov/foda                     Visitor Information:  (432) 426-3224 x20

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.

http://www.sulross.edu/~museum/   Visitor Information:  (432) 837-8143

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.

http://www.marfachamberofcommerce.com/

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.

http://www.nps.gov/bibe/home.htm  Park information:  (432) 477-2251