City of Sierra Blanca

Sierra Blanca

If you’re wondering where to switch your clocks from Central to Mountain time, this is the place. In the late 1800s, Sierra Blanca, considered a small town, was a prominent commercial center, serving as a rail shipping point for cattle, salt, and other minerals. Beginning in the 1920s through the start of World War II, travelers along the Bankhead Highway often stopped to visit Indian Hot Springs, a health resort about 30 miles south of town at the site of a cluster of geothermal springs known to be used for centuries by people seeking curative waters. Today, stop in at the Hudspeth County Courthouse, the only adobe courthouse in Texas. Its 18-inch thick walls insulate the building from the harsh desert environment.  

Roadside Parks, IH-10 frontage road 8.5 miles west of Sierra Blanca 
Stop to stretch your legs, stop for the breathtaking views, or stop for the tipi-like covered picnic areas, but definitely stop at one of these two roadside parks on outside of Sierra Blanca. Built in the 1960s, these tipi‐themed parks are inspired by the desolate, stark beauty of the surrounding countryside as well as the region’s history.