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Fort Davis=1-800-524-3015;
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The El Paso/Big Bend Tour: This loop provides an introduction to this region but note that it covers over 500 miles of desert and mountain terrain. If going in summer when temperatures often exceed 100 degrees, take special precations since you may have to drive miles and miles between services.

Beginning in El Paso, take time to tour the city and its sister city across the border, Cuidad Juarez. El Paso's train station is worth seeing, too, and it represents one of the last Texas cities to have Amtrak (Sunset Limited) services.
Franklin Mountains State Park is to the north, but to the east on Hwy. 62/180,
Hueco Tanks State Historical Park (****1/2) with camping is on the way to
Guadalupe Mountains National Park (*****). One of the least visited national parks, it is a hiking kind of place although RV camping is available on a limited basis. If you want, you can continue on Hwy. 62/180 to the north and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (*****).

To head on to Big Bend National Park, work your way south to Ft. Davis any way you want, but Hwy. 118 is the designated scenic route. At Ft. Davis, visit
Davis Mountains State Park (*****) and McDonald Observatory. Continue south on Hwy. 118 to Alpine, a nice college town ( Sul Ross University) and a good place to get provisions before heading to Big Bend. Big Bend National Park (*****) is a place everyone should see. It has both primitive and RV camping. Hiking and activities around the Rio Grande River keep you busy. Watch for the bats at night!

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