Permian Basin Petroleum Museum – This fascinating museum traces the history of the oil industry in the Permian Basin. Located on I-20 near Midland. 432-683-4403
Marfa Lights – Located south of McDonald Observatory near the Marfa city limits. Experience this mysterious, unexplained phenomena which is featured on numerous national television programs.
McCamey Wind Power Farms – Giant windmills spread across the landscape and generate electric power for the West Texas Region. For information contact the McCamey Chamber of Commerce.
Numerous state parks offer great day trips for family members both young and old. They include:
Davis Mountains State Park - Both Indian and Cavalry history come to life at this historic state park in a beautiful mountain setting. (Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce 1-800-524-3015)
Fort Davis is also the home of the world-famous McDonald Observatory, home to giant telescopes that watch the heavens 1-877-984-7827
Monahans Sandhills State Park - Giant dunes of sand still reveal Indian artifacts to those who explore the terrain. 432-943-2092
Balmorhea State Park – A natural spring-fed swimming pool where you can literally swim with the fish. 432-375-2370
Within a few hours drive from Odessa you can experience three renowned national parks:
Big Bend National Park –Mountainous setting along the Rio Grande River that separates Texas from Mexico. River rafting and hiking trails abound. For more information call 432-477-2251
Guadalupe Mountains National Park – Rugged terrain where both desert and mountain flora and fauna meet. Features the tallest peak in Texas (Guadalupe Peak) and Texas’ only running trout stream and free-roaming elk herd. 432-828-3251
Carlsbad Caverns National Park – These world-renowned naturalcaverns just across the borderin New Mexico feature stunning underground stalagmites and stalactites. Awe inspiring “bat flights” occur throughout the year. For more information call 505-785-2232.