13 days in Marfa, Big Bend National Park & Guadalupe Mountains National Park Itinerary

13 days in Marfa, Big Bend National Park & Guadalupe Mountains National Park Itinerary

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Marfa
— 5 nights
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Big Bend National Park
— 5 nights
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Marfa

— 5 nights
Marfa is a city in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas, located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Davis Mountains State Park and Balmorhea State Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fort Davis National Historic Site and McDonald Observatory. When in Marfa, make a side trip to see Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, approximately Alpine away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the mystery of Marfa Lights Viewing Center, look for gifts at Marfa Book Company, gain insight with Chinati Foundation, and admire the landmark architecture of Presidio County Courthouse.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Marfa vacation builder website.

Houston to Marfa is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Houston in October: highs in Marfa hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Marfa

Nature · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Big Bend National Park

— 5 nights
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Get outdoors at Santa Elena Canyon and Chisos Mountains. There's lots more to do: trek along The Window Trail, stroll through Lost Mine Trail, tee off at Black Jack's Crossing Golf Course, and take in the awesome beauty at Emory Peak.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Bend National Park online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Marfa to Big Bend National Park takes 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Marfa in October: high temperatures in Big Bend National Park hover around 87°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

— 2 nights
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at McKittrick Canyon. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Guadalupe Peak and then hike along Devil's Hall Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Guadalupe Mountains National Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In October, Guadalupe Mountains National Park is little chillier than Big Bend National Park - with highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails