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At Spirit Eye Cave, A Cache of Corn Cobs Deepens the Mystery of the Ancient Big Bend

It doesn’t take an archeologist to recognize it was an important place for prehistoric peoples. In a limestone cliff near the Chinati Mountains, two openings give on to a hundred-foot-wide chamber. For thousands of years, people returned to this cave … Continue reading

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The Lady in Blue: A Mystical Encounter in West Texas Echoes Across Centuries, Continents

From places as distant as present-day San Angelo and Albuquerque, the first Spanish expeditions encountered one particular Native tribe throughout the plains and deserts of West Texas and New Mexico – a people known as the Jumano. The Jumano traded … Continue reading

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Discovering a Botanical “Wonderland” With Alpine’s Patty Manning

There is “an involuntary hunger for greenness which lies at the heart of all desert-lovers,” novelist Lawrence Durrell claimed. He saw it in North African Bedouins. It’s true in West Texas, too. In our area, there’s no better cure for … Continue reading

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In the Heart of the Desert, Big Bend National Park is a Birder’s Paradise

No place can more quickly erase a vision of the desert as monotony than Big Bend National Park. From canyon to summit, there’s a 6,000-foot range in elevations, and the park’s 1,200 square-miles are a labyrinth of arroyos, washes, mesas, … Continue reading

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Tracing the Dinosaurs’ End at Big Bend National Park

If, as Emerson said, “the health of the eye demands a horizon,” Big Bend National Park is the ultimate tonic for the eyes. Visitors are awed by expansive desert-mountain vistas. The story that landscape tells about the history of life … Continue reading

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