Terlingua Chili Cookoff
Put on by the Chili Appreciation Society International, the Terlingua International Chili Cookoff, which is more than 40 years old, brings thousands, of chefs, fans and sponsors to Rancho CASI de los Chisos. Lasting four days long, the competition includes nightly entertainment and annually raises more than $1 million for local charities. Cover is $30 per person. The next cookoff takes place Nov. 5-7, 2009.
Terlingua boomed with mining activity for several years during the period of World War I. Cinnabar, a prevalent mineral in the area, is processed for mercury, the liquid metal. After the war, the demand for mercury fell drastically, and the boom town of Terlingua became a ghost town. Visitors now enjoy walking through the preserved and slightly-eerie ghost town and eating at the nearby Starlight Theater Restaurant and Bar.
100 Ivey Street
Terlingua, Texas 79852
Big Bend National Park
Not far down the road from Terlingua is the beautiful and expansive Big Bend National Park. Among the many popular activities in the vicinity are camping, hiking, rafting on the Rio Grande, mountain biking and motorcycling.
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