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THE GREEN LOOP features attractions in Midland, Odessa, Fort Davis, San Angelo, and Big Bend National Park. It travels through the Pecos, Mountain, and Forts Trail Regions. Experience the natural beauty that encourages a variety of outdoor adventures from river rafting to horseback riding; witness a majestic and diverse landscape as you learn stories of the original cattle drives, the heritage of the cowboy, and Native Americans.

SELECT THE DESTINATIONS AND WAYPOINTS THAT MATCH YOUR GROUP’S INTERESTS  —  Each attraction is located in a city on the Green Loop. Click here to view the Green Loop map.

Woodward Ranch/Rock Hunting Tours

Alpine, Texas

Featured on the Discovery Channel; offers rock hunting for all ages and mobility levels on an 1884 ranch famous for red plume and pom-pom Texas agate, jasper, labradorite feldspar, calcite, opal, and other minerals.

Balmorhea State Park

The largest spring-fed pool in the world, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Balmorhea features overnight lodging, historic photos, and desert wetlands wildlife.

Big Bend National Park

One of the last remaining wild corners of the U.S., scenic, historic Big Bend is often considered three parks in one
(desert, mountains, river), offering awe-inspiring routes and stops, from the Rio Grande to an 8,000-foot elevation in the Chisos Mountains.

Museum of the Desert Southwest

Crane, Texas

The museum features exhibits of ranching and oil in Crane; 5 miles north of McCamey, travelers can enjoy views of historic Castle Gap along US 385.

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Listen for the bugle’s call -- and enjoy daily tours of six restored and furnished buildings at one of the best-preserved remnants of a 1800s military frontier fort at the foot of the scenic Davis Mountains. Reenactments are scheduled periodically. 

Davis Mountains State Park

High in the mountains of West Texas, you will find a beautiful and historic park. Explore Davis Mountains State Park’s miles of trails, stay up late to marvel at the night sky, learn about the history of the park and nearby frontier fort. It’s worth the drive!

Hotel Limpia

1912 limestone hotel in downtown with a full-service restaurant, bar, pool, and relaxing courtyard on the main street through town. 

Overland Trail Museum

Take a step back in time and see Fort Davis’s rich history through the museum's exhibits.

The Veranda

More than a century old and a favorite of magazine features, this adobe B&B within easy walking distance of downtown boasts two-foot-thick walls and twelve-foot ceilings.

Indian Lodge

1912 limestone hotel in downtown with a full-service restaurant, bar, pool, and relaxing courtyard on the main street through town. 

Chihuhan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens

A Chihuahuan Desert botanical garden focusing on native plants of the area with over 200 species of succulents. 

McDonald Observatory

World-renowned observatory and astronomy center, managed by the University of Texas; offers star parties and group tours. Reservations recommended.

Annie Riggs Memorial Museum

Fort Stockton, Texas

1899 hotel with local and regional artifacts, Queen Anne–style porch, and courtyard.

Historic Fort Stockton

Fort Stockton, Texas

Established in 1859, this frontier fort consists of an original guard house, restored officers’ quarters, and a museum with historical displays. 

Grey Mule Saloon/Ste. Genevieve

Fort Stockton, Texas

Historic 1880s saloon, now a wine tasting room for the Ste. Genevieve Winery.

Paisano Pete

Fort Stockton, Texas

The world’s tallest roadrunner statue makes a great photo op near the city’s historic Comanche Springs.

Lajitas Golf Resort

Lajitas, Texas

Luxury in the Old West is impeccably displayed here with a Lanny Wadkins designed golf course right on The Rio Grande plus zip lining, fine dining, a shooting range, horseback riding and a full-service spa.

The Gage Hotel

Marathon, Texas

Built-in 1927 with authentic luxury accommodations, five-star dining, and 27-acre s of the native landscape.

Hotel Paisano

Fully restored 1930 cattleman’s hotel with enticing bar, courtyard, and gift boutiques; headquarters for the filming
of the movie Giant with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean, all of whom lodged at the Paisano during filming. 

Mendoza Trail Museum

McCamey, Texas

This inviting stop just off US 67 in the Wind Energy Capital of Texas includes Santa Fe Park, the museum, and the 1915 Adrian House. 

George W. Bush Childhood Home

Nowhere else in the U.S. have so many prominent political figures called one place home: two presidents, two governors, a first lady, an ambassador, and a CIA director.

Chaparral Race Car Gallery

Located inside the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, see the creations of Jim Hall and Chaparral Race Cars.

Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum

The Durham Children’s Museum features three exhibition areas emphasizing interactive learning through pure creativity and imagination for children of all ages. Art Works classes for kids take place four times a year. Tours and group rates are available by appointment; contact the Museum of the Southwest to Schedule.

Marian West & William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium

Experience the Digistar 5 Digital Planetarium system, the most advanced planetarium system in the world, with capabilities including full stereoscopic 3D shows, astronomical simulations, real-time 3D graphics renderings and many other features. Dome shows are included with admission to the Museum of the Southwest.

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