A 61-mile drive through the Chinati Mountains and the old silver mining town of Shafter. The drive starts in Marfa, a small town of about 2,500 located in the high grasslands on the south side of the Davis Mountains. The route crosses the Chinati Mountains, passing the ghost town of Shafter, before descending into the Rio Grande valley at Presidio. Marfa lies at an elevation of 4,688 feet, surpassed in Texas only by Fort Davis a few miles north.
The town boasts the highest golf course in the state. The altitude and dry climate make for relatively cool summers and mild winters, an uncommon find in Texas. Special attractions: Ghost town of Shafter, Chinati Mountains, Presidio County Courthouse, Chinati Foundation, pronghorn antelope. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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