Explore Terlingua Ghost Town
“If you are like me and always loved the idea of the Wild West, then I promise you, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. “
Top 5 places to See in Terlingua
01 — The Terlingua CemeteryThis century-old Terlingua cemetery is a typical frontier graveyard. Most of the souls interred here are mercury miners. At the end of the 19th century, Terlingua was a thriving mining community. The tiny town really boomed in 1914 as mercury was needed for explosives in WWI but mercury demand tapered after the Great Depression and the town slowly died out. The cemetery “comes to life” during the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead in early November. This is also probably one of the most photographed cemeteries in the country. We had a lovely time visiting the historical cemetery during the day as well as night for photographing the Milky Way.
02 — Terlingua Ghost Town RuinsJust a few exits past the end of the world, you will find Terlingua Ghost town ruins conveniently located in scenic downtown Terlingua, Texas. The ghost town ruins might look like some abandoned western movie set, but in fact, this used to be a real mining town that went bust and the miners walked away, leaving their homes behind. Here you’ll find a ghost town made up of decaying buildings, mine shafts, ruins, and a lot of cactus. I don’t know about y’all, but I love exploring ghost towns.
03 — Milky WayWhen it comes to viewing the stars under the night sky, Big Bend is one of the best places in the world. There’s barely any light pollution, and this means you can see tons of stars and on some nights the Milky Way will be so bright it will take your breath away. Terlingua ranch road near Big Bend is a must-visit destination for those interested in photographing Milky Way. We had an amazing experience taking photos of the milky way in big bend.
04 — Starlight TheatreLocated in the historic Terlingua Ghost Town, the Starlight Theatre adobe building is the fanciest restaurant in town. The building used to be an abandoned theater that also played host to chili judges for the very first Terlingua World Championship Chili Cook-Off.
“I would highly recommend trying their award-winning chili”
05 — Roadside AttractionsTerlingua has many bizarre roadside attractions. There are numerous sculptures and other vintage things laying around, including a few cars that actually look pretty interesting. You’ll see a pirate ship, submarine, old church, the “Statue of Liberty,” a mariachi band, and this strange upside-down dragonfly. Be sure to stop by some and take a few selfies.
Best Places to Eat
01 — Starlight TheatreLocated in the historic Terlingua Ghost Town, the adobe building is the fanciest restaurant in town.
02 — DB’s Rustic Iron BBQGreat roadside place to try some good old Texas BBQ. The place doesn’t look like much but the food is exceptional.
03 — Big Bend Resort & CafeThe restaurant is inside a gas station with decent menu options. They also serve and breakfast buffet every morning.
Book Accommodation near Terlingua
01 — Nomad Tipis & Casitas
This is great for both glamping and primitive campers alike. The vacation home features a dining area and a coffee/tea maker, and a shower. If you are looking for some unique rentals, then Nomad Tipis is a perfect choice. The Tipis have cooling units to keep the tipi to perfect temperature.