Texas Pecos Trail Region

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

Crane: Museum of the Desert Southwest

Historic trails forded the Pecos River nearby at Horsehead Crossing. Artifacts from the crossing — such as gun shell casings, pottery shards and a Gold Rush pistol — are displayed at the Museum of the Desert Southwest. Other exhibits recall pioneer ranch life, including a 48-piece spur and bit collection and an 1890 Studebaker chuckwagon. Unusual relics include a Prohibition-era whiskey still and a hospital “shoe tester” that detected static electricity in the days when explosive ether and chlorophyll were used as anesthetics.


  • 409 S. Gaston Street
  • Crane, Texas
  • 79731


Hours & Fees

  • Open year-round Mon.–Fri. 1–4 p.m.; May–Sept., Sat. 9 a.m.–noon & 1–5 p.m., Sun. 1–4 p.m. .

  • Free