The Trans-Pecos is the part of Texas' Big Bend Country which lies west of the Pecos River.


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Recognize the Signs of Dehydration and Heat Stroke

Signs of Dehydration

  • thirst
  • less-frequent urination
  • dry skin
  • fatigue
  • light-headedness
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • dry mouth and mucous membranes
  • increased heart rate and breathing

Signs of Heat Stroke

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • disorientation, agitation or confusion
  • sluggishness or fatigue
  • seizure
  • hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty
  • a high body temperature
  • loss of consciousness
  • rapid heart beat
  • hallucinations

Heat stroke must be treated immediately. Get the victim out of the sun, put cool water on their skin and fan their skin. Elevate their feet. Call 911 for an emergency or take them to the nearest hospital.

This region is part of the vast Chihuahuan Desert and contains some of the highest desert areas in the world, with all of Texas' highest peaks. The stark, rugged terrain is very sparsely populated, with Brewster County being home to only 6,000 people in an area bigger than Rhode Island, with two-thirds of them living in Alpine. El Paso is the only sizeable city in the region. The area has a rich historical legacy left by the Spanish settlers who came to the region in the mid-17th century, as well as that of early pioneers and traders who fought off native tribal attacks until the 1880s.

Get in

By plane

Major airports can be found at either end of the region at El Paso and Midland-Odessa.

By car

From Mexico

Get around

With great distances between sights and even communities, a car is an absolute necessity to get around the region. Car rentals are readily available in Midland-Odessa and El Paso.


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