The town grew from wayfaring stop on the historic Bankhead Highway and Old Spanish Trail from San Antonio to California in mid-1800s. It is still a primary road junction of I-10 (U.S. 80), U.S. 90 and Texas 54, and it is a hub to several state and national parks. Located in a broad basin devoted to irrigated farming, it is surrounded by Van Horn, Sierra Diablo and Apache Mountains. Mining includes talc, sulfur and marble, plus undeveloped indications of copper, uranium and feldspar. A popular stop for travelers, it also caters to longer-staying vacationers with its sunny climate, interesting rock and mineral deposits, hunting for mule deer, pronghorn antelope and upland game birds.


Red Rock Ranch Tours

Welcome to Red Rock Ranch Tours

Just five quick minutes from donwtown Van Horn, Texas, our tours will allow you to see unique geological wonders, vegetation specific only to our area, native animal life and American Indian pictographs and petroglyphs. We are one of largest natural Precambrian sandstone exposures in North Amercia. There are lots of critters on our land which you may be able to see fresh tracks or even spot. The sunsets are more beautiful than you could imagine. You will want to bring plenty of film!

Red Rock Ranch Tours are open year round, seven days a week. All tour and hike times can be arranged to accomodate your travel schedule. Since there are so many things for nature and history lovers, plan on staying overnight in Van Horn.

About Red Rock Ranch Tours

My daddy had a vision for this ranch back in 1969, and I am living it today. He knew when he bought the ranch that it needed a long rest to recover from overgrazing. Decades later, after going to college and running my own business, I felt it was time to come home and further his dream.

Daddy was right. The land keeps getting better and better. We do whatever we can to preserve it. The only activity you will find out here is a small talc mine, two water station pumps, tours, and occassionally production of films.

On Red Rock Ranch you will be able to see and photograph various petroglyphs. However, another tour can be arranged at a different location a few miles south of Van Horn. The drawings are scattered over about twenty boulders, covering three quarters of a mile. This hike will take about an hour, but is on fairly level ground. If you would like to overlook the Rio Grande Valley and can handle climbing up a nearby canyon, you will need a few more hours. This is truly an awesome tour.
The only way you will be able to tour these petroglyphs is by booking through the Red Rock Ranch Tours.

Contact Red Rock Ranch Tours

Red Rock Ranch Tours
P O Box 1608
Van Horn, Texas 79855
(800) 735-6911

Tours can be tailored to your specific needs. Driving and Hiking tours can be seperate or combined. If you want to extend your tour, that most likely will be possible, for an additional modest fee.

Culberson County Historical Museum

108 West Broadway
Van Horn, TX 79855
(432) 283-8028

Features displays of Native American artifacts, plus antique ranch, farm and home implements. A resplendent antique bar, complete with ornate hardwood, mirrors and brass rail, recalls lusty frontier times. In historic Clark Hotel, 110 W. Business Loop 10 downtown. Van Horn Convention and Visitors Bureau: 432/283-2682

Clark Hotel Museum

The Clark Hotel Museum, or the Culberson County Historical Museum, has relics from the American Indians, pioneers and families who resided in the area. There are also artifacts from the railroad and the saloon in Van Horn.
1 432 424-6939
Address: 110 W. Business Loop | Van Horn, TX

Fort Davis National Historic Site


Fort Davis is one of the best surviving examples of an Indian Wars frontier military post in the Southwest. From 1854 to 1891, Fort Davis was strategically located to protect emigrants, mail coaches, and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos portion of the San Antonio-El Paso Road and on the Chihuahua Trail.


101 Lt Henry Flipper Drive

Fort Davis, Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park


Guadalupe Mountains National Park safeguards the worlds finest example of a fossilized reef, a surprisingly complex and unique assemblage of flora and fauna, and West Texas only legally designated wilderness. Here, one can experience solitude, tranquility, and the joy of finding plants and animals whose mastery of survival renews our sense of wonder.


Madrone Circle

El Paso, Texas

Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge


Muleshoe, the oldest national wildlife refuge in Texas, is one of a chain of refuges in the central flyway. Located on the high plains of west Texas, Muleshoe was established as a wintering area for migratory waterfowl and sandhill cranes. When sufficient water is present, the refuge hosts large numbers of sandhill cranes and a variety of waterfowl.


Lubbock, Texas

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River


The Rio Grande flows from its headwaters in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado for 1,865 miles to the Gulf of Mexico near Brownsville, Texas. For 1,250 miles, the Rio Grande is the boundary between the United States and Mexico. In a remote stretch in west Texas, the river makes a curve to the northeast to form the “big bend.” It is here that the wild character of the river lives on.


Alpine, Texas

Big Bend National Park


While Big Bend is famous for its natural resources and recreational opportunities, the park is also rich in cultural history. Native peoples lived in and/or passed through this area for thousands of years. Their presence is evidenced by pictographs and archeological sites. In more recent history (the last 500 years) Texas has been claimed by six different nations!


Alpine, Texas