nov. 17 - Turkey Shoot @ Pistol Range, 11:00 am - Dark
Snakes in Terrell County
The Outback Oasis Motel in Sanderson, Texas, is unique, as motels go. Housed off the lobby of the office is a full-fledged snake house, with a collection of 35 species of snakes found in Terrell County and the Big Bend. Besides the several varieties of snakes, including a rare albino rattler, the star of the collection is the rare, Gray-banded King Snake, found in the immediate Terrell County area. Sporting bands of orange, gray, black and white, the non-venomous little serpent is much-sought after by collectors.
The snakes that are on display are just the "tip of the iceberg" of his collection. He also breeds snakes and reptiles and may at any time have a case of squirming babies. But, that portion of his collection is not on public display. However, you will be sufficiently entertained by what he does have on display, and he and wife Ruth are always ready to answer questions.
Cactus Capital Hiking Trail
The 1.7 mile Cactus Capital Hiking Trail winds around the hills northwest of Sanderson to give a magnificent bird’s-eye view of our little valley. The trail begins with a kiosk and visitor information at the corner of 1st and Mansfield Street. Following a white line painted on the street, the entrance to the trail proper is at School and Mansfield, at the foot of Old Baldy, also humorously known as Hominy Hill. Climbing up from the valley floor one is afforded a spectacular view of Sanderson and the Terrell County Eagle Stadium. Then the trail descends to the Eagle track field, crosses the canyon and back up to the mountain top for another spectacular view. The trail ends at the foot of Javelina Hill just off Wilson and Pine. Along the way, small signs identify the unique flora found in our county. Park benches are spotted at intervals for those needing a breather. Hikers must bring water with them...there is no water on the trail. Public restrooms may be found at the Terrell County Courthouse or the Terrell County Visitor Center at 2nd and Oak (Hwy. 90.) Hiking.pdf
The Sanderson Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting a wonderful life style with clean air, best-tasting water, striking desert panoramas and the sounds and sights of nature around you. If you enjoy these things, we invite you to come and discover a better way to live. Come visit, open your own business, or vacation in our area and see for yourself.
Chamber Meeting ~ Last Tuesday ~ 12:00pm
Terrell County Convention Center
P.O. Box 734 ~ Sanderson, TX 79848
Monarch Butterflies in Terrell County
When one thinks of desert, a vast, empty wasteland comes to mind. But the deserts of the Great Southwest are not like that at all. Our deserts are filled with life. Plants and animals thrive in the arid regions, and especially in our section of the Chihuahuan Desert. A wide variety of animals and plants have adapted to harsh conditions and every nook and cranny is inhabited. Our insect life is diverse, and the populations of animals swell during parts of the year as migratory species invade the area on their way to winter quarters in Mexico, Central America and South America. And so it is with the Monarch butterfly, the royalty of the insect world. With its striking orange, black and white patterns, it is instantly recognizable to expert and neophyte alike.