West Texas Vistas

For those who rarely escape Dallas, it's easy to forget the diversity of natural beauty in Texas: beaches, forests, plains and even mountains. That's right. Out in Big Bend country, Texas sports honest-to-God mountains, and they look like you'd expect Texas mountains to look: barren, steep, jagged things that look like the crooked molars of Satan himself jutting from the sand. The harsh land surrounding those rock behemoths isn't much more hospitable. Once, only the hardiest plants, animals and humans survived there. But as Marfa gains a reputation as an artsy hot spot and as more campers discover Big Bend National Park, it's becoming an in-demand vacation destination. It also looks great on film, as evidenced by two recent movies shot in the region, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. Classic Big Bend: The Photos of Dr. Frank Warnock shows how the people and landscapes of the Trans-Pecos region looked in the 1940s. The exhibit opens 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hotel Belmont, 901 Fort Worth Ave. in Dallas. Call 214-393-2300 or visit belmontdallas.com.
Thu., Dec. 13, 7 p.m.; Dec. 14-Jan. 20, 2007


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