You know the expression “get away from it all?” Presidio is like that. As you leave the worries and stress of city life, you enter one of the state’s most rugged, desolate, and beautiful areas. Someone once said, “If it were easy to get here, everyone would be here.”
The mountainous terrain in this part of Texas more closely resembles New Mexico than it does the rest of the Lone Star state. A deep sense of history pervades, as human artifacts have been found in Presidio that date back to 1,500 B.C. Numerous remains of dinosaurs have also been unearthed, including Tyrannosaurus and Stegocerus.
The closest major airports to Presidio are the El Paso International Airport (250 miles away) and the Midland International Airport (249 miles away). Of the two airports, El Paso is larger, easier to navigate, and has more connections. Also, the driving route from El Paso to Presidio is probably slightly simpler and quicker. Still, from either airport, it’s about a four-hour drive to Presidio.
The closest Amtrak stop is in Alpine, Texas, which is 86 miles away. Some folks ride the train to Alpine and rent a car or take a bus for the short drive to Presidio. A daily bus service from Alpine to Presidio is operated by “All Aboard America!” A bus departs Alpine at 1:05 p.m. and another one at 10:05 p.m. daily (365 days a year), arriving in Presidio about two hours later. Buses also take passengers from Presidio back to Alpine for their return trip.
Presidio is also served by the Greyhound Bus Lines.