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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
Phone Number:
405-795-3905
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Town which was abandoned after the mercury deposits were depleted.

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Reanimated Ghost Town

I imagine there are tourists who go to Big Bend National Park and stay in Terlingua because it is one of the two nearest "towns." In that sentence, you should understand... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Brenham, Texas
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50 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We heard this was a 'must visit' area! So, we did and boy were we disappointed to find nothing of any consequence. We had made reservations to stay in this town, so we were stuck. We did find some good eats. See other review of those.

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Thank Texas_traveler77833
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Terlingua is awesome! So much to see in a tiny little ghost town. The cemetery is fascinating and gut-wrenching, the dilapidated houses are cool to walk through, and you should absolutely have a beer with the locals on the porch of the Terlingua Trading Company. We didn't get to explore here as much as we wanted to, but we loved... More 

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Thank Tiffany M
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I imagine there are tourists who go to Big Bend National Park and stay in Terlingua because it is one of the two nearest "towns." In that sentence, you should understand "nearest" in relative terms; everything is extremely far in this portion of the country; and "town" is hardly a good description of an old quicksilver mining outpost that was... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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238 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're in this area, definitely stop and walk around Terlingua. Presumably named after the 3 languages that were in the area, back in the day of the Chisos Mine. There are several attractions, restaurants, Starlight Lounge and even a motel. The area seems to be frequented by lots of bikers, both motorcycles and cyclists. We didn't check out the... More 

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New Paltz, New York
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is likely the new Marfa (or the old Marfa) in as much as it is very cute and quaint but it has that overly touristy vibe about it. Still more than worth your time.

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Cairns, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Have to agree that this is a unique ghost town,rising up from the ashes in so many ways.Our stay was at Retrorents Airstream rental, RV and camp site. First impressions was its just dust and desert but it was the perfect place. The Airstream vans are set up with all mod cons...without spoiling the image ..all you need is some... More 

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Thank Rachel S
West Bloomfield, Michigan
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65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

If you're here for the National Park hiking, don't bother to drive here, you're not missing anything.

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Thank Mar R
Anderson, South Carolina
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95 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

We could find only one place to stay for our visit to Big Bend National Park and this was it. It strikes me as an old hippy colony. Just not our thing. However, it is convenient to Big Bend and we found some very good places to eat.

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Thank OtPot
Yoakum, Texas
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61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

So Study Butte to terlingua and to Ghost town Terlingua are half a day activity. Get a map of the walking tour of Ghost Town,follow it and you will understand the area and have seen enough. To think there had been 80 children in the school tells you it was thriving mining town. Spend some time walking in the cemetery... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Fun place to stop. Still pretty rustic and not too touristy. Loved the church. Also stopped by the old cemetery. Enjoyed every minute!

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