Things to Do in Terlingua

Things to Do in Terlingua
Originally a mining town for the mineral cinnabar, Terlingua in southwest Texas is now more well known for its annual international chili cook-off when more than 10,000 chili chefs and fans descend onto the desert to compete for the prize of best chili in the world. Terlingua also is popular with travelers for its Ghostown and proximity to Big Bend National Park.

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 Ghostown

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.

Terlingua Ghostown
100 Ivey Street
Terlingua, Texas 79852
(432) 371-2326

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.

Article Written By Jason Gordon

Jason Gordon is a professional writer and editor. In addition to online work, he has written for "Texas Highways," "AAA Southwest," "Glimpse," the "University of Washington Daily" and the "Dallas Morning News." Gordon's passions include animals, reading and finding the perfect pairings of pastry and espresso.

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