Exploring West Texas by Air

November 8, 2015
Cirrus Marfa airport

History is filled with stories of explorers heading west. Chasing the sun, seeking space, setting out into the great unknown. West Texas is not unknown, of course, but vast open spaces and big skies create an unmistakeable sense that you’re very far away from it all.

We set out in a Cirrus SR-22 to fly around West Texas and stop in our a few of our favorite places – including Marfa, Balmorhea Springs, and Big Bend.

Flying into the sun.

The elevation starts to change as we approach the Glass Mountains.


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Prada Marfa from air

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Balmorhea Springs, an oasis in the middle of nowhere.Balmorhea State Park
Breakfast magic at Do Your Thing in Marfa. Not an exaggeration.WestTexas-12 Pinatas









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At “home” in Marfa

One of the best ways to explore Marfa and the surrounding areas is with adventurous friends. We usually rent a house, cook together, and explore. Exploring by plane is ideal because nearby towns are hours away by car and being a few thousand feet in the air gives you a great perspective on the vastness of open space around you. 


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Homeward bound.Cirrus at Marfa Airport

West Texas is one of our favorite places to getaway, so stay tuned for many more posts in the future with more details on where to eat, stay and what to do.

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