Destination... Home! Last Stop... Big Springs, Texas
Our Southern Colorado adventure was much more than we had dreamed of. It was time to head south and back into Texas. The beautiful mountains of Cuchara slowly disappeared in the rearview mirror and we prepared ourselves for the high temperatures of South Texas.
The itinerary was to break-up the long drive from Cuchara with another stay at Hotel Settles in Big Spring; a convenient and luxurious break in the over 15-hour drive back to the Texas Coast. As we crossed back into Texas we decided to spend 2-nights at the Settles and discover what hidden treasures the City had to offer.
Our first morning dawned and we felt as pampered on our second stay as we had on the first. We were excited to set out and discover what Big Spring was all about. First on the list was to find the spring. Using our GPS made it simple and driving only 5 minutes to get there made it a snap. The spring was located in Comanche Trail Park and how fitting is that?
Home of the spring that gave the City its name, Comanche Trail Park is a 400 acre park featuring a 6,900-seat limestone amphitheater, an eighteen hole golf course, tennis courts, baseball fields, playgrounds, pavilions, along with hike, bike and nature trails. Park visitors can also enjoy fishing or picnicking. The Dora Roberts Community Center is located on the bank of the lake and has facilities and accommodations available for weddings, conferences, dances and receptions.
The park is beautiful and befits the title as the “Crossroads of the West”. The spring, though long dry, has been modified to draw water from Comanche Trail Lake. It’s a beautiful and peaceful setting to spend time admiring your surroundings and contemplating some fascinating Texas history. And, speaking of history, the Heritage Museum is right around the corner from the Hotel Settles.
The Heritage Museum offers a fascinating insight into the local history of Big Spring and there is something of interest for everyone. Exhibits on display included a wonderful doll collection, a large unique exhibit of mounted longhorn steer horns, antique buggies and wagons, antique guns and phonographs (my favorite), railroad and oil and gas history, and Native American artifacts. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly and the gift shop had some very impressive items for sale at extremely great prices. For those who like history Big Spring is your town and this is definitely your museum!
5-Stars all the way around for our total 3-night stay in Big Spring at the Hotel Settles! This is truly the Crossroads of the West.