Camp Elena is approximately 2 miles from the heart of Terlingua Ghost Town, a remote, unincorporated community known for its mining ruins as well as its free-spirited desert dwellers, eccentric businesses, and annual Chili Cook-Off.
This must-see attraction originated as the town's theatre in the 1930s and was then left abandoned for 30 years until wanders began to use it as a gathering place in the 1960s. Before it became a restaurant in the 1990s, it was enjoyed without a roof, which is where the name "starlight" comes from!
Next door to Starlight Theatre, the Terlingua Trading Company offers a wide range of souvenirs, including handmade pottery, jewelry, and soaps. We love getting lost in the book section, which has unique coffee table books and Texas guides.
The Terlingua Cemetery dates back to 1903 and is associated with St. Agnes Church, behind the Starlight Theatre. It is possibly one of the most photographed cemeteries in Texas with the iconic background of the Chisos Mountain Range. The gravesites are scattered with old wood crosses and spiny shrubs that mimic the ghost town spirit.
Big Bend Stables is located 15 minutes away and offers both family-friendly activities and romantic sunset rides. Experience an old mine tour or Chihuahuan desert ride led by a local guide. Make sure to book your ride in advance!
Far Flung Outdoor Center, located 14 minutes away, hosts guided desert rides on all-terrain vehicles. These tours are for beginners as their mission is to guide you through the terrain and enjoy the desert views.
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