Texans know that there’s West Texas and then there’s Far West Texas, miles and miles of rugged terrain dotted with culinary, geographical, and cultural attractions well worth hours of driving. From the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend to the internationally-beloved Marfa – and every sleepy stop in between – Far West Texas is nothing short of magical. To explore all of Far West Texas’s many gems at the quintessential Far West pace (i.e. laidback) would take days, editor Claire Ramirez has narrowed down the hot spots you can’t miss during a weekend trip.

WHERE TO STAY // Far West boasts fabulous hotels. Consider booking multiple one-night stays so you can experience each of their unique offerings!

Hotel Saint George (105 South Highland Ave, Marfa, TX) stands on the site of the original Hotel Saint George, which was built in 1886. Step into the lobby to see locally-sourced elements and repurposed materials from the building’s 1929 reincarnation. A 55 room hotel, Saint George offers an intimate, thoughtfully designed experience that captures the essence of Marfa’s iconic artistry and natural beauty. Enjoy drinks, dining, and complimentary access to a Marfa-oasis, The Pool.

Gage Hotel (102 NW 1st Street, Marathon, TX) is a historic hotel boasting awards for its restaurants, bars, and of course, hospitality. The sprawling Gage property offers ample amenities, making it the perfect next stop on your tour of Far West Texas. Enjoy the lush gardens (especially spectacular given the surrounding desert) and fabulous pool. History lovers, be sure to book the Captain Shepard House, an ode to Captain Albion E. Shepard, who founded and named the Town Marathon in 1882 after recalling the area’s striking resemblance to Marathon, Greece.


Wrong (110 Highland Street, Marfa, TX) is an art gallery and artist-driven store full of curios, art, home goods, and whatever else owners Buck Johnston and Camp Bosworth have curated. You’ll love it all. *Open daily, unless they aren’t.

Raba Marfa (212 E. San Antonio Street, Marfa, TX) Visit Raba Marfa to shop made-in-Marfa goods, vintage and new clothing, accessories, home goods, and lifestyle needs all exuding the quintessential high-desert lifestyle.

Communitie Marfa (122 N Highland Ave, Marfa, TX) A trip to Far West Texas requires certain accessories, all of which can be found at Communitie. Our pick? A straw hat to keep the desert sun at bay.

Garza Marfa (124 Highland Street, Marfa, TX) Bright colors and contrasts prevail at this furniture, textile, and design shop. Their designs and curated goods are iconic and are the perfect way to bring Marfa’s signature whimsy back home with you – whether it’s in the form of a daybed, pouf, or throw. *Open Wednesday – Sunday 1:00 to 5:00. Closed Monday & Tuesday.

Esperanza Vintage Marfa (121 Highland, Marfa, Texas) Featuring curated vintage and Contemporary Art, Esperanza Vintage is a must-visit for vintage and art lovers.

Desert Rose Provisions (100 W Murphy Ave, Alpine, TX) On your way out of Far West Texas, stop to fuel up in Alpine and grab a goodie from Desert Rose Provisions to remember your trip. Alternatively, stop on your way into Far West Texas to grab everything for your Big Bend Adventure.


LaVenture (105 South Highland Ave, Marfa, TX) is the fabulous restaurant offering from Hotel Saint George. Offering a creative, ingredient-driven seasonal menu with regional influences, LaVenture is a quintessentially-Marfa spot to enjoy delicious oven-fired pizzas, small and large places, and salads – plus a perfectly paired wine from their extensive list.

Cochineal (107 West San Antonio Street, Marfa, TX) This casual fine dining restaurant helmed by James Beard Semi-Finalist, Executive Chef Alexandra Gates, is a must-visit, as it cements Far West Texas as a true culinary destination. Enjoy a seasonally-inspired, locally-sourced multi-course seasonal menu that is elevated yet totally accessible. *Open most Fridays & Saturdays by reservation.

Marfa Burrito (515 S Highland Ave, Marfa, TX) This celebrity favorite (you’ll see photos of its fans on the walls) is where those in the know start their day. Order a burrito, but be prepared with cash and your best Spanish. *Closes at 2:00pm

Fort Davis Drug Store (111 N. State Street, Fort Davis, TX) From homemade onion rings to Mom’s Meatloaf (made fresh every Tuesday), Fort Davis Drug Store embodies the best of home cooking. Order a club sandwich and milkshake – you will not be disappointed!

French Company Grocery (206 Avenue D, Marathon, TX) Part general store, part espresso bar, part gathering place, French Company Grocer offers many reasons to stop by. Editor Claire Ramirez recommends finishing a night out in Marathon with music and a cocktail in their backyard venue – followed by a sweet treat by Flour Vine, of course. If you’re not a night owl, enjoy prepared foods, stock your ice chest, and pick up hiking gear before you head to Big Bend National Park!


The Marfa Spirit Co. (320 W. El Paso Street, Marfa, TX) Marfa’s first and only distillery has been a smashing success both for its unique spirits and fabulous tasting room. Head to the historic Godbold Feed Mill-turned distillery + tasting room to order a Ranch Water and enjoy Chef Seth Siegel-Gardner’s outstanding menu. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of their debut spirit, Chihuahuan Desert Sotol.

The World Famous Lost Horse (306 E San Antonio St, Marfa, TX) The longtime local favorite – originally just “The Lost Horse Saloon” – was acquired by a new owner after the originals decided not to reopen after the second government shutdown. Luckily, it’s back to serving up cowboy cuisine and, most importantly, late-night reverie. Sidle up to the bar for a beer and chat with locals about whether aliens are real. More on that later…

The Sentinel Coffee Shop (209 W. El Paso Street, Marfa, TX) Home to The Big Bend Sentinel and Presidio International, The Sentinel is a coffee shop, restaurant, bar, and event venue supporting local, independent journalism in Marfa, Texas. Enjoy an Americano, cocktail, or baked goods in their historic adobe building, or grab a bite on their shaded back patio.

Cedar Coffee Supply (103 North 4th Street, Alpine, TX) Serving up coffee in the Texas high desert, Cedar Coffee Supply is a must-stop for refueling on your way into or out of town. Order a coffee and pastry, then grab a bag of beans to take home.

The White Buffalo (102 NW 1st Street, Marathon, TX) Located in the Gage Hotel, this legendary watering hole features an extensive tequila selection, fresh-squeezed margaritas, and delicious signature cocktails to be sipped inside by the fireplace or outside on the patio. It’s the perfect place for a nightcap during your stay at the Gage.


Marfa Lights (Viewing center located 9 miles east of town on U.S. 90, towards Alpine) Ranchers, Native Americans, high school sweethearts, and famous meteorologists alike have reported seemingly sourceless lights dancing on the horizon southeast of town along terrain that’s nearly uninhabited and extremely difficult to traverse. Sometimes red, sometimes blue or white, see them for yourself to decide the origin of this infamous phenomenon.

The Pool (205 E El Paso St, Marfa, TX) Cool off on a hot desert day at The Pool, local’s favorite spot for a swim and drink. While it’s complimentary for guests of Hotel Saint George, day passes can be purchased for guests 21+.

Facial at Mira Marfa (105 E Oak Street #4, Marfa, TX) Bringing a holistic approach to skincare, Mira Marfa incorporates herbal, soothing elements to medical-grade skin treatments. Be sure to book your treatment in advance and budget time to shop the lineup of Mira Marfa’s fabulous beauty and wellness products.

Chinati Foundation (1 Cavalry Row, Marfa, TX) One of the most famous attractions in Far West Texas, Chinati Foundation is a must-visit. Enjoy a self-guided tour of their major contemporary art installations and iconic architecture.

Far West Texas hosts world-class festivals throughout the year, each of which offers a unique flair and lens through which to view the region. Whether it’s ArtWalk Alpine, Marfa Invitational, or Trans-Pecos Festival, consider planning your visit around one of these fabulous annual events.


Experiencing the best of the west requires quite a bit of driving, often through large stretches with poor cell service. Download any podcasts, audiobooks, or playlists you’ll want to listen to!

Watch the weather! When it’s hot, it’s hot. But it can also get quite chilly in the desert!

Don’t plan on taking any Ubers. Ridesharing is not a thing out West.