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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX

Town which was abandoned after the mercury deposits were depleted.

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Several good places to eat and some interesting characters

While visiting Big Bend NP and the nearby Big Bend Ranch State Park, we spent several nights at an RV park in Terlingua. We found the "ghosttown" area to be interesting with a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting Big Bend NP and the nearby Big Bend Ranch State Park, we spent several nights at an RV park in Terlingua. We found the "ghosttown" area to be interesting with a store, several good restaurants, and a few galleries. We especially enjoyed the Sunday afternoon jam session on the front porch of the Terlingua store. There were some... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When you think of Terlingua you're probably going to image the place where they have the chili cooking event. That's the biggest lure here. But otherwise this is really a dusty, unkempt kind of a whistle stop populated by desert rats congregating together to work activities associated with river rafting. Lots of people like to stop at the Starlight Cafe,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We stayed here in a single VRBO cabin for three nights while visiting Big Bend each day. The scenery is just awful. It is an old mining town so there are ugly mine trailings everywhere. It is a quirky town I know but just wasn't our cup of tea. There are some nice views of the distant mountains in Big... More 

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Located just a few miles west of the western entrance to Big Bend National Park, Terlingua is a fun place to visit and get a good dinner in the evening after a full day of exploring the park. Actually composed of two parts, the closest, Study Butte, is less than 3 miles (4.8k) west at the intersection of TX 118... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Definitely stop in Terlingua on your way to the park or back from the park. Cottonwood Store is a great little store. It may look little but it literally has everything you could possibly need. Even those with dietary restrictions will not be left wanting.

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Celina, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

On our way in and out of Big Bend, we stayed in Terlingua....for those wanting a day away from the park experience, or those who desire a break...this unique town of history, may be the place you want to fill the bill.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

The sunsets are amazing! Make sure to be sitting by the Theater when its happening. You can also play a round of horseshoe throwing :). Walk around, talk to locals and discover, it is the best way to experience Terlingua.

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Big Bend has beautiful scenery it's a great place to do some off road motorcycling or 4 wheeling. We stayed in Terlingua it's a small former mining town. There are only a handful of places to stay and eat. We liked the food at the High Sierra Bar and Grill and also the Starlight Theater. High Sierra has a small... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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161 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

People seem to over use the phrase that 'you have to see it to believe it' and it doesn't perfectly describe Terlingua but is probably pretty close. Partially it has a unique feel because it seems to be occupied by locals who are happy being so much more removed from the increasing global and instantly tied together world than so... More 

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Terlingua, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

How does one describe this place? I kinda don't want to. It's gotten so much bigger since I was here 4 years ago. I came to see the super moon and get away from all the big city bs. This is where you run off into the dessert where people literally don't give a damn what you think or do... More 

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