Alpine, Texas —Home to Sul Ross University, downtown art galleries, antique shops, book stores, and unique restaurants. Approx. 170 miles southwest of Midland.
Balmorhea State Park — Enjoy an artesian spring pool fed by San Solomon Springs. The pool stays a constant 72 to 76 degrees and has a variety of aquatic life in its clear waters. This park has plenty of opportunities for swimming, scuba and skin diving, and camping. Approx. 150 miles southwest of Midland.
Big Bend National Park – Enjoy nature tours, birding, backpacking, hiking, fishing, camping, in this 800,000-acre park, the 15th largest park in the United States. Approx. 230 miles southwest of Midland.
Big Spring State Park—382 acres of outdoor recreation facilities, picnic areas, campsites, playground and lighted picnic pavilion. Approx. 40 miles east of Midland.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park—A fascinating system of caverns spread beneath the New Mexico Chihuahuan desert. Approx. 150 miles west of Midland.
Chihuahua, Mexico - (Midland's Sister City) - A city with beautiful scenery featuring spectacular mountains and the largest canyons in North America. Several waterfalls, one of which is the highest in Mexico, frame the canyons.
Copper Canyon - A group of 6 distinct canyons in the southwestern part of the state of Chihuahua in Mexico with a breath-taking view.
Davis Mountains State Park—This 2,708-acre park features excellent camping facilities and hiking and horseback riding trails. The award-winning Indian Lodge caters to the non-camping crowd. Approx. 170 miles south of Midland.
Fort Davis - Named a 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destination® by the National Trust for Historic Preservation®. Approx. 170mi southwest of Midland.
Fort Davis National Historic Site—Established in 1854, Fort Davis was a key defense post of western Texas. Today, Fort Davis is one of the best remaining examples of a frontier military post. During the summer season, park rangers and volunteers dressed in period clothing present living history programs in some of the furnished buildings. Approx. 170 miles south of Midland.
Fort Stockton, Texas—Enjoy the historic fort, The Annie Riggs Memorial Museum, Ste. Genevieve Winery (the largest winery in Texas), and Paisano Pete (the world’s largest roadrunner). Approx. 100 miles southwest of Midland.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park — This high-desert mountainous park encompasses 86,416 acres and includes Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet. From October to mid-November hikers converge on McKittrick Canyon to breathe in the crisp air and see the vibrant fall colors of big-tooth maple and oaks changing from green to shades of yellow, orange and red. Approx. 180 miles west of Midland.
Lajitas, the Ultimate Hideout Resort - A 25,000 acre estate including a 92-room resort, golf course, spa, hunt club and lodge, equestrian center, and several gourmet restaurants. Approx. 270 miles southwest of Midland.
Marathon, Texas—This west Texas town features out-of-this-world restaurants, outdoor adventure and the historic Gage Hotel. Approx. 165 miles southwest of Midland.
Marfa, Texas—Featuring the Marfa Lights and Chinati Foundation showcasing architect Donald Judd, this small art town is thought of by some as an up and coming version of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is also where the movie Giant was filmed. Approx. 190 miles southwest of Midland.
Monahans Sandhills State Park—Nearly 4,000 acres of wind-sculpted sand dunes, some up to 70 feet high. Approx. 50 miles west of Midland.
Pecos, Texas—Home to the world’s first rodeo and Pecos sweet cantaloupe. Approx. 100 miles southwest of Midland.
Prude Ranch —Historic Prude Guest Ranch was established in 1889 as a cattle ranch and now offers visitor accommodations, tennis courts, swimming pools and horseback riding. Approx. 175 miles south of Midland.
U.T. McDonald Observatory—At an altitude of 7,000 feet lies one of the world’s leading astronomical research and education centers. Visitors can enjoy dark skies brimming over with planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies. Star Parties are held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening. Approx. 170 miles south of Midland.