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Wondrous trails and starry nights!

Ampitheater with Milky Way-iten - Ethan Tweedie Photography

Get ready to hit the road and enjoy natural wonders—from the regional desert to the night sky. This is a fun-filled way to spend your day from beginning to end.


La quinta inn

1. Grab a room at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Pecos and rest up.

Clean, easy, and exceptionally nice, the La Quinta is located just off the highway. It's the perfect spot to grab some quick zzz's and make sure you're well rested before you hit the area attractions.


A stack of pancakes with syrup and bacon

2. Start your day with breakfast at Old Mill BBQ & Burritos.

Get a jump on your adventures with a hearty country breakfast, just like grandma would make at Old Mill BBQ & Burritos. The word in town is that the pancakes are exceptionally good.


rows of vegetables and fruit at the supermarket

3. Visit one of many stores—like La Tienda—to fill up your cooler with the perfect picnic.


prickly pear

4. Take an hour-and-a-half drive down scenic Hwy 17 to the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center.

Explore the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center botanical garden and greenhouse trails that boast native plants, cacti, trees, and flowers. And don’t leave out the geological trail to the top of the hill for a spectacular vista view. You have to see it to believe it!


A starry night at the McDonald Observatory.

5. Continue on Hwy 17 to the McDonald Observatory for a twilight party with the stars.

This facility houses an original 82-inch telescope built in 1933 and a state-of-the-art visitors’ center. The observatory demonstrates how astronomers use spectroscopy to chart the heavens. NOTE: You’ll need to make reservations!

Learn more about star parties


The Denny's logo over a plate of pancakes and bacon

6. Roll back into town and enjoy some late-night fare at one of our many down-home eateries.

After a full day out and about, slide into a Denny’s booth, relax, and order up your favorite American meals and snacks.