West Texas Roadtrippin

West Texas

I just got back from a really great road trip last week. Didn’t I say last time I was going to do it?!! I headed out to West Texas on that long stretch of I-20 that would take me to the open spaces of West Texas. I also wanted to head on up to New Mexico and visit some parts of the state I had not explored before.

My focal destination and home base would be El Paso, but I planned on making some stops along the way. I figured I might as well make the most of the long trip and take as many photos of the landscapes on the route there.

SweetWater

The first of my stops was Sweet Water, a sleepy town with a cool art deco theater, applicably named the Texas Theater (like many others in the state). I didn’t stay here long, only long enough to check out their charming town square.

Stonehenge

I then made my way into Odessa to see the Texas Stonehenge replica on the campus of UTEP. It is pretty kitschy, but I thought, what the heck, I gotta see this thing. The replica matches the original Stonehenge in horizontal dimensions, but not height. It was fun to see, but I started to feel a bit restless. By this time I had been driving for almost seven hours and I was feeling eager to reach El Paso. I felt somewhat bummed that I hadn’t yet seen any really spectacular sights on my drive out.

But then came the mountains and I came upon a jewel in the desert…

Van Horn Yellow

Van Horn Mountain View

The intoxicating charm of Van Horn, Texas made my heart go pitter patter. The tiny adobe structures and old store fronts against the mountain backdrop felt almost like a movie set. In fact, many movies have been filmed in and around this small Texas town. I only allowed myself an hour here, because it was getting late, so I definitely need to return and explore this charming place some more.

Now on to El Paso…

Elp

El Paso is a mixture of big city and small town charm. Many old buildings or their fascades have been kept in tact adding to a feeling of stepping back in time. Also, the mingling of cultures from Mexico, New Mexico and Texas make one feel as if they have crossed several borders. I love how all the customs mesh together and live in harmony here. Making El Paso, I truly unique town with lots to offer.

Plaza

El Paso Street

In addition to exploring West Texas I also took advantage of my locale, to venture into New Mexico. It’s literally a hop, skip, and jump to reach the state line.

White Sand

I had always wanted to visit White Sands and finally got to do so. It is truly an ethereal place. You feel as if you’re on another planet. Gorgeous white dunes for over 200 square miles. I could have spent hours upon hours there.

Guadalupe

On my way home I took an alternate route and drove up into the Guadalupe Mountains along the Texas and New Mexico border. This was one of the more beautiful parts of my trip. This particular day was a bit cloudy at times and I was hoping I’d spot a thunderstorm. I can only imagine how gorgeous that would be over those rocky mountains.

I have a feeling I won’t be making this trip again anytime soon, so I am glad I took the time now to do so. Getting around in Texas is never easy, simply because it’s so big and there’s so much to see and usually so little time! That being said, there are many other parts of Texas I’d like to explore, such as Palo Duro Canyon, Big Bend and more of the East Texas forests.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the highlights of my West Texas journey. Taken any good roadtrips lately? I’d love to hear about them!

To see more of my Texas photos, check these out!

Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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