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Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery Texas Camp Elena Big Bend

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.


Starlight Theatre

This must-see attraction originated as the town's theatre in the 1930s and was then left abandoned for 30 years until wanderers 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! Open 5PM to 12AM daily (1AM on Saturdays).


Next door to Starlight Theatre, the Terlingua Trading Company offers a wide range of souvenirs, including handmade pottery, jewelry, and soaps. Get lost in the book section, which has unique coffee table books and Texas guides. Open 10AM to 8PM daily.


Explore Terlingua Cemetery, a unique historic site dating back to 1903, linked to St. Agnes Church behind the Starlight Theatre. It's one of Texas' most photographed cemeteries, with the Chisos Mountain Range as its backdrop. Wander among old wood crosses and spiny shrubs and take in the offbeat charm of the Ghost Town!

Horseback Rides

Big Bend Stables is located 15 minutes away and provides family-friendly adventures and romantic sunset rides. Embark on an old mine tour or a Chihuahuan desert ride guided by a local expert. Ensure your spot by booking your ride in advance!

Off-Road Jeep Tours

Explore the untamed beauty of the surrounding landscape with a 2-hour off-road Jeep excursion, provided by Lucky Sun Jeep Tours. Let a skilled driver navigate you through the wild desert terrain for an unforgettable adventure.

ATV Tours

Far Flung Outdoor Center, located 14 minutes away, hosts guided desert rides on all-terrain vehicles. Designed for beginners, their mission is to lead you through the diverse terrains, allowing you to savor the mesmerizing views of the desert landscape.


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