The owners of Red Rock Ranch give guided tours of their beautiful ranch. They have driving tours and hiking tours. Darice McVay was our tour guide, and she recently hurt her foot so the hiking option wasn’t available. We opted to go ahead and take the driving tour. It started at the Magnolia Gas Station which is filled with memorabilia.
This “V” is on Red Rock Ranch property.
There is a roadrunner sitting on the rocks below, but you can’t really see him. We saw jackrabbits, cottontail rabbits and birds. The ranch owners have reintroduced a herd of Calvery Bighorn sheep, which were once a common sight in Texas’ far western hills but although we saw their tracks we never saw the sheep.
We stopped at an overlook and got out to look around. Darice and Ed were looking at this centipede.
Darice called the below outcropping her “camel”.
We visited the film location of “Dead Men’s Walk” which is a prequel to Lonesome Dove.
We circled back by the film site.
The walking tour is in this location, you have to hike to see the pictographs that the Indians left behind.
This old homestead from the late 1800s is another film location. The movie filmed here was a Tommy Lee Jones film called “Blue Sky”.
This rock between us is all that is left of the county’s sandstone courthouse which they tore down.
I truly enjoyed this tour. If you are ever in the Van Horn area, I recommend you take the tour. I hope to come back and do the hike to see the pictographs.