Visit West Texas with Friends of SB Libraries

Rolly Prager

Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries will be heading to West Texas for a nine-day tour. The tour is scheduled for March 25 to April 2. The trip will begin with a visit to El Paso where we will spend a day exploring historical sights and museums including the Magoffin House, a prime example of territorial style architecture, and the Museums of History and Art. The day will conclude with a visit to the three Spanish missions that mark the beginning of El Camino Royale. Dinner at the world-famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse will cap off the day.

From El Paso the tour will head to the area around Alpine and Marfa. Highlights will include Fort Davis, the McDonald Observatory and the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine. Another full 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. There will be time to explore the Marfa art scene.

The tour will continue onto Rio Grande River for a two-night stay at the luxurious Lajitas Resort. Participants will explore the wonders of Big Bend National Park along the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive to the Castolon District Visitors Center.

From Big Bend country the tour heads north to Carlsbad, New Mexico where tour members will be able to head deep underground to see the largest and most spectacular cave chamber in North America.

The last night will be spent in Las Cruces with a special banquet at Hotel Encanto. From there its back to SaddleBrooke. A special lunch is planned in the historic mining town of Silver City at the fabulous Bear Mountain Lodge.

Please visit the FSL website for additional information and registration.