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County
Brewster
Region
Big Bend
Population
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 50
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Lajitas, Texas
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Lajitas Texas History:  
Lajitas is located on the Rio Grande River just west of Big Bend National Park, and just east of Big Bend Ranch State Park. The Warnock Environmental Education Center, the eastern entrance to Big Bend Ranch State Park, is located in Lajitas. The town is one of the Texas ghost towns that that was, or currently is, for sale. Other such towns include Albert and The Grove, Texas. In the 1970s, Lajitas was purchased by a Houston corporation that restored most of the surviving buildings. Lajitas is now a resort with three motels, an RV park, restaurants, and a golf course. Lajitas means “little flat rocks” in Spanish. Early Spanish inhabitants were driven out by Apaches and Comanches. Anglo settlement began in the mid-1800s. The discovery of mercury in nearby Terlingua caused a minor boom in the area. The influx of miners increased businesses between Mexico and the U.S. and by 1900 the town had become an official port of entry, complete with a customhouse. The ford of the Rio Grande was lined with rock, making it the best crossing between El Paso and Del Rio. The most influential early Lajitas resident was H.W. McGuirk who tended bar, managed a store, and helped manage the mining operations in Terlingua. He was responsible for the opening of the Lajitas post office, and paid for the school and church buildings. In 1916, Pancho Villa’s forces started raiding across the border, necessitating the establishment of a cavalry post. The post office closed in 1939. In 1949 the settlement was purchased by Rex Ivey, Jr., who brought electricity to the town (via a generator). After the mines at Terlingua closed, Lajitas was left with a population estimated at four. The Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center, the eastern visitor center of Big Bend Ranch State Park is located in Lajitas. Lajitas is located on FM 170, 13 miles southwest of Terlingua, 49.8 miles southeast of Presidio and Fort Leaton State Historic Site, the western entrance to Big Bend Ranch State Park, 95 miles south of Alpine, 109 miles southwest of Marfa, 15 miles southwest of the western entrance to Big Bend National Park at Study Butte and Terlingua, Texas.
 
Christmas Mountains (Page 18):
This small volcanic range of jagged peaks has colorful names for some of its mountains including Easter Egg Mountain, Packsaddle Mountain and Agua Fria Mountain. The Christmas Mountains off SH 118 are located between Terlingua Ranch and Study Butte. Photos
 
Contrabando Multiuse Trail System & Roads:
Miles of old jeep roads and over 66 miles of trails are available along River Road and in the interior of the park; many are multi-use trails available to backpackers, hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. More trails are constantly being added. Some trails are fairly short and easy. Other trails are for the experienced hiker or biker. Biking trails are sometimes not clearly marked or not marked at all, and require the use of a compass or GPS in order to not get lost. The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) has designated the Fresno-Sauceda Loop Trail as an “Epic” ride. Fewer than 50 trails in the U.S. and Canada have been given this designation. Future plans include making the first portion of the Ojito Adentro trail wheelchair accessible. A trails map is absolutely necessary and are available at the park visitor centers or at the Sauceda Ranger Station. The ranger station also rents horses and mountain bikes. Topographic maps are available for Fresno Canyon and Bofecillos Highlands and the Cienega and Alamito Lowlands
 
Last Minute Low Budget Community Theater, Terlingua:
This theater group performs at the 60 seat Flat Rock Theater at the Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa in Lajitas. (432) 371-2202. (432) 371-2682. PO Box 522, Terlingua, TX 79852. Facebook 
 
Lajitas Amphitheater and Flat Rock Theater:
The 60 seat theater features a built-in stage, movie screen, control booth, and lobby with a full concession stand. The outdoor amphitheater features a 60 foot presentation stage donned with twinkle lights and full stage lighting and sound. (432) 424-5000. (877) 525-4827. Email 
 
Candellia Café at the Lajitas Golf Resort, Lajitas:
The restaurant serves three meals a day. They have a very small dinner menu; the Chicken Picatta is delicious. (432) 424-5000. FM 70. Reviews