Road to Chinati: The Details
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Chinati Hot Springs is about 50 miles southwest of Marfa, via FM 2810 (Pinto Canyon Rd.). From Marfa’s main street (Highland Ave.), drive west a few blocks on US 90 to Moonlight Gemstones (432/729-4526, www.moonlightgemstones.com). This first-rate rock shop marks the left turn south onto FM 2810. The last 20 miles of FM 2810 are unpaved, and portions of the road through Pinto Canyon are steep and rough, with several stream crossings. Avoid this route during heavy rains. While you don’t need 4-wheel-drive, it’s best to use a high-clearance vehicle with good tires. Allow about an hour and 45 minutes for the drive. See the website for an alternate route.
Chinati Hot Springs opens year round. Reservations are a must. The entire resort (7 rooms) is available for reunions and group retreats . Camping also is available. Guests have free use of the mineral baths. Day use fees apply for non-guests. The swimming pool is closed during winter. Guests have full use of the communal kitchen, picnic areas, and grills, and should bring their own groceries for meals.
For details, contact Chinati Hot Springs, Inc., 432/229-4165; www.chinatihotsprings.com.
From the June 2008 issue.