Four Days in South Texas & New Mexico [National Parks, Ghost Towns, and Caverns]

Earlier this year, I booked a trip to go to Texas and New Mexico to explore the National Parks. Something came up when I was to originally take the trip, so I had to postpone it to later in the year.

December ended up being a great time to visit. There weren’t many visitors to the National Parks, and the weather was beautiful. I spent four days exploring three National Parks and a few small towns in Texas.

The overview for the trip is below. Stay tuned for more details of what I did each day in future blog posts.

Day 1:

  • Flight from Tampa to Midland/Odessa Airport in Texas
  • Stocked up on snacks and water at Target
  • Drove about 3 hours down to Big Bend
  • Explored the North and East side of Big Bend
  • Checked into La Posada Milagro in Terlingua
  • Dinner at Taqueria El Milagro

Day 2:

Day 3:

  • Checked out and headed toward Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Stopped in Alpine and Marfa along the way w/ short hike
  • Snack at Do Your Thing Coffee
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Carlsbad, New Mexico Vista
  • Dinner at Red Chimney Pit Bar-B-Que
  • Stayed at La Quinta Inn & Suits in Carlsbad

Day 4:

  • Drove to Carlsbad Caverns
  • Hiked down into and through the caverns
  • Lunch at the National Park
  • 3 Hours to Midland / Odessa Airport