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Elevation : 2,594
Population : 4,334
This 300-year-old-plus town is wild and remote, and you will definitely
not be bothered by crowds out here. Presidio sits across the border from
Ojinaga, a rugged, historical city known for its outlaw image. Pancho
Villa's band of rebels fought Mexican Federales here, and the town is
notorious as an entry port for the Mexican drug cartels.
An important gateway to Big Bend state and national parks, Presidio is
a popular starting point for tours into Mexico's Copper Canyon and the
Camino del Rio, an unbelievable drive along the Rio Grande to Lajitas.
Be prepared for the heat when traveling here in the summer months. Presidio
is often noted as one of the hottest spots in the country, with the average
June high at 103 degrees F.
Presidio Golf Courses :
El Patio (915-229-4409) in town has good salsa and cold
beer. The scenic drive down RR 170 is without a doubt the most spectacular
in Texas. Stay at Cibolo Creek Ranch (915-229-3737, www.cibolocreekranch.com).
If you're feeling adventurous, cross the border and look around Ojinaga.
El Bucanero is a thatch-covered restaurant that specializes in
seafood, and Mariscos Lalo is a popular gringo spot as well. Shop
at Fausto's Art Gallery on Calle Juarez, take in a semi-pro baseball
game, have a beer and a steak at Los Comales downtown, then venture
into La Zona Rosa, OJ's red-light district, for a trip back to the wild
West when liquor was plenty and women were wanton. For a view of Big Bend
that most Americans will never see, take the Chihuaha Hwy. 25 miles outside
of Ojinaga ($40 roundtrip taxi ride) and gaze at the 2,000-foot-deep Peguis
Canyon. Watch yourself, though
have some savvy as a gringo traveling
across the border. For lodging in Presidio look to La Siesta Motel (915-229-3611)
and Three Palms Inn (915-229-3211).