Big Bend Series, Part III Pinto Canyon


When we took our recent trip to the Big Bend Country, our first stop was Marfa, Texas.  Here are some of the photos from that area.

High Plains near Marf, Texas

Horses and Blue Mountain near Fort Davis, Texas

An exciting side trip from Marfa is an old county road that starts from just west of Marfa and ends up at Ruidosa, Texas, down near the Rio Grande River.  The first 20 miles or so is paved, but from there on it is about another 30 miles down through Pinto Canyon.  Rough going, but we made it one time in our mini-van.  We saw only three vehicles the whole trip and they were all Border Patrol trucks.  The road eventually climbs up near Chinati Peak.

Road to Pinto Canyon

Lonely Old Truck in Pinto Canyon

After finally reaching Highway 170, you can turn left, toward the east.  That will take you on one of most spectacular drives in the country, leading you to Lajitas.  We will cover that on another post.

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13 thoughts on “Big Bend Series, Part III Pinto Canyon

  1. I wanted your story to continue and tell us the old truck was yours from your first visit out West. We’re enjoying photos and stories.

  2. I’m glad you liked the photos, Cindy. The 2nd one was an old one that I had scanned from a negative. Kinda noisy and grainy. But I liked the overall scene. When i was standing on the road to Pinto Canyon, the 3rd photo, the quiet was amazing. The only thing moving for miles was probably that Javelina that I spooked and was running down the hill, in the lower left of the photo.

    • Thanks, Elena,

      That area is all privately owned ranchland. This county road goes right through all of it. A person supposedly is trespassing if one stops and get off the road. However, it is so empty, lonely, and desolate that getting the photograph was no trouble. Why is thr truck there. I sure don’t know. It just fuels the imagination, doesn’t it?

      Bob

  3. Hi there! What lovely photos! You know … the one of the lonely truck would make a gorgeous black and white print. 🙂

    Hugs,
    Deb

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