We enjoyed visiting Terlingua, but we stayed 17 miles south in a town named Lajitas. The town is much smaller than Terlingua and is really composed of a golf resort with RV park, some luxury condominiums, and fabulous homes. There is a town hall and General Store with gas pump and a beer drinking goat, Clay Henry III, who happens to be the mayor of Lajitas. How can I not love a town that has a beer drinking goat as mayor. He’s very popular too as he’s not a budget buster. Clay resides, along with his wife, in a a modest abode provided by the town. There is also an old cemetery that went into disrepair, but thanks to one of the local residents, money was raised to provide maintenance and to repair the grave markers.
The golf course is amazing. It starts in the valley and rises into the mountains of Big Bend. The elevated tees provide both a challenge for golfers and a spectacular view of the landscape which includes the Rio Grande River and Mexico. It is an engineering marvel as it is carved out of the mountains. The cart paths are all concrete, which had to be an incredible task to construct throughout the rugged steep terrain. I haven’t played golf in a few years, but an RV’er at Bentsen Palms in Mission, TX told us that we needed to take a ride through the course even if we didn’t play. Liz and I decided to do just that one day and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our week. It normally costs $50 to rent a cart if not playing golf, but since it is the slow season they gave it to us for $25. Money well spent. I’ve attached a few pictures of the course. Some of them I took and others are from the internet, because the grass was dormant when we were there and consequently brown. The course was spectacular even being brown, but it is even more beautiful when totally green. The
pictures can’t really capture the elevation that you experience as you drive through the course and stand on an elevated tee and look a 100 feet or more down towards the fairway and green. We ended up spending about 1 1/2 hours driving around and marveling at the sights.
As I stated earlier, we stayed in the Maverick Ranch RV Park which is part of the resort properties. The park is well maintained, but it is a desert location so dust is a real problem. It never rained while we there, but I’m sure it would get pretty muddy during
any rain that they might have. The Big Bend area is in the top ten of “Best Night Skies” in the lower 48 states. It certainly didn’t disappoint. The stars were spectacular. When you walked outside the motor home at night it was so dark that you couldn’t see your hand when holding it out at arms length. The park had limited lighting so everyone could enjoy the night sky. It is truly the best that I have seen to date, and once my eyes adjusted to the dark I saw more stars than I ever have before. It would have been even better had I gone to one of the Ghost Town locations nearby where there wasn’t any type of lighting. I had intended to get some pictures of the Milky Way, but I had no cold weather clothes as we had not planned this location when we packed for the trip. I had no gloves, (other than unlined leather ones) or heavy jackets and the temps were going down to the upper 20’s at night. I know, I know I’m a wimp, but I have promised myself that we will be back again.
One of the perks of staying there was access to all the resort amenities including the spa and restaurants. Since it was so slow, we were hesitant to eat in the restaurant because we thought that there wouldn’t be enough turnover with food service. We did, however, give the Thirsty Goat Saloon a try for lunch and to our surprise the food was excellent. We had lunch there and Liz’s salad was extremely fresh as was my sandwich. We would definitely go back.
The area is also popular with the mountain bikers and the Xtreme sports enthusiasts. As we were departing, a tent village was going up in the RV park to accommodate 400 mountain bicyclers coming in for a rally. I have nothing against these Xtreme bikers, but I think that the shear number of people would have the potential to interrupt the tranquility that we enjoyed while we were there. Timing is everything!