Texas Pecos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Our Stories

  • Million Barrel Museum, MonahansMillion Barrel Museum, Monahans
  • Balmorhea State Park, ToyahvaleBalmorhea State Park, Toyahvale
  • Historic Fort StocktonHistoric Fort Stockton

Tom Lea Trail

Celebrating Tom Lea Month in October. The statewide Tom Lea Trail includes the Stampede mural at the downtown U.S. Post Office in Odessa.

Pecos Trail Rock Artists

The Pecos Trail Region’s namesake, the Pecos River, weaves its way through a region known better for its rugged badlands and dry, isolated canyons than for any evidence of a wet, green oasis. But the Pecos River provides just that, a source of life where hidden springs and riparian shores sustained a lively, vibrant ecosystem. But plants and wildlife haven’t been the only beneficiaries. Humans also occupied the canyons and cliffs that comprise the Pecos River corridor, spending thousands of years hunting, farming, and surviving. These early residents also created a catalogue of symbols describing their inner world as well, leaving a visual archive of pictographs across the walls of their rock shelters and inhabited sites. 

Law and Disorder West of the Pecos

The Pecos Trail Region today has much of the same characteristics as it did one hundred years ago – big skies, small communities, and as much sunshine as you can take. Fortunately, a few things have changed including deference to the rule of law, something not altogether popular during the area’s frontier heyday.

Pecos Black Gold

While the Pecos Trail Region offers plenty of venues for exploring the story of Texas oil, the Million Barrel Museum in Monahans wins hands down for the most descriptive name, embodying the spirit of a mammoth industrial market that has yet to subside. Dominating the 14.5 acre site is an enormous oil storage tank built in 1928 and designed to hold over a million barrels of crude. Today, a segment of the tank serves as the four-hundred-seat Meadows Amphitheater. Next door, the restored Holman House provides interpretive exhibits about the region.