Amidst the dry, windswept desert and sweeping, golden grasslands of deep West Texas, there’s a tiny, spectacular oasis, bustling with a culture all its own. Just 60 miles north of the U.S.–Mexico border, the city of Marfa boasts a natural beauty and distinct culture that draws art appreciators, ecologists, and historians from across the globe. Over the course of four days, we’ll head to “Far West Texas” to experience its magic up close. We’ll delve into this region’s unique collection of artwork, including nationally renowned large-scale installations as well as work by local artists. We’ll explore some of its natural wonders, too, dipping into the crystalline waters of a natural spring in the middle of the desert, searching for mysterious floating orbs along the vast horizon, and taking in breathtaking views of the Milky Way splashed across one of the nation’s darkest night skies.
The total cost of this trip is $1,640. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations will be provided at no additional cost. All rooms at the Hotel Paisano are outfitted with a queen-size bed and travelers wishing to share a room with their travel companion can be placed together.
Our trip begins at noon with a welcome lunch at L&J Cafe in El Paso on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in El Paso the night before or some time in the morning on Day 1 so that you can meet our group for lunch and prepare for our three-hour drive to Marfa. Our trip concludes the morning of Day 4. If leaving Marfa by air directly after our trip, we’ll be available to transport you back to El Paso via van. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking four to six miles over the course of each day, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and spending time in the desert. Travelers should be comfortable swimming, engaging in some light hiking, and climbing stairs.
By joining us, you'll be supporting local artists, businesses, and research. In sharing your experience with friends and family, you can help illuminate narratives of borderland communities, local culture, and important ecosystems. Additionally, you'll have opportunities to support local artists and artisans directly by purchasing art and souvenirs along our journey.