The Spanish Trail Lodge is located near the heart of Historic Fort Stockton District. Within easy walking distance, you will be strolling the grounds of the original Fort Stockton, with both restored and reconstructed fort buildings.
Built in 1858 to protect settlers and travelers in the area, the fort quickly became the center of area activities. Although briefly occupied by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, the fort was mostly garrisoned by the renowned “Buffalo Soldiers” until 1886.
We encourage you to drop by the Museum and Visitor Center located in Barracks 1 for informative videos on fort history, original photographs, artifacts and a gift shop.
At 22 feet long and 11 feet tall, Paisano Pete is the world’s second largest roadrunner. And, he’s waiting for you to come have your picture made at his side. Only a couple of blocks from the Spanish Trail Lodge, you can’t miss this wacky roadside attraction!
A reliable source of water for hundreds of years, the Comanche Springs once flowed with millions of gallons of water, forming the oasis in the desert that became the heart of Fort Stockton. Though the spring eventually stopped flowing in the 1960’s, the pool built around the spring is still available for public use. A great place to cool off from the summer heat, the pool is also the site of the famous Water Carnival held the third weekend in July.
A great place to stretch your legs after a long day of travel, the James Rooney Memorial Park is within easy walking distance from the Spanish Trail Lodge. With basketball courts, baseball fields, walking trails, picnic areas and more, you are sure to find a little something for everyone.
While there, be sure to stop by the Chihuahua and Overland Trail Marker, commemorating the route of Juan Dominguez de Mendoza in 1684.
There’s even a dog park!
This fascinating museum, housed in Fort Stockton’s original hotel, showcases the heritage and development of the region. With thirteen rooms and a hidden courtyard, guests are treated to a slice of what travelers might have experienced in 1905 when the Annie Riggs Hotel was in its heyday.
Be sure to see the blood-stained desk where Sheriff A.J. Royal was murdered in 1894 as well as the very first electric stove to be used in Fort Stockton, purchased in 1922. These are just a couple of the many collectibles and artifacts you will see as you tour the museum.
There is also an interesting gift shop with Texas memorabilia and Western items as well as an excellent book selection.
Since the first drink was served almost 140 years ago, the Grey Mule Saloon has been a gathering place for both locals and travelers alike. Designated a historical landmark, it is now a tasting room for the St. Genevieve winery as well as other labels owned by Mesa Vineyards. You can pick up a bottle of exclusive wine, wine accessories, or enjoy a delicious cheese board. It’s also a great place to host a party. Located across the street from the Annie Riggs Museum at 101 E. Callaghan Street.
First opened in 1983, the Desert Pines Golf Course is a semi-private 18-hole course and includes a golf shop, driving range, cart rental, tournament set-up, club rentals, club repair, regripping service and more. With over 6,816 yards of golf from the longest tees and a par of 72, this course provides a relaxing setting for enjoying the game. For more information, call (432) 336-2050.