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Pecos Texas CantaloupesJust like the sign says, Pecos is famous for its cantaloupes. The combination of perfect altitude, dry air, western sunlight and alkaline soil. Pecos ships around 13 million cantaloupe each year during the harvest from July to September. 

In late summer Pecos puts on its annual Night in Old Pecos & Cantaloupe Festival. 

Pecos claims to have been the location of the world's first rodeo. On July 4, 1883 local cowboys got together for some steer roping and bronco riding, competing to see who was the best ranch hand. Every 4th of July Pecos hosts a rodeo called the West of the Pecos Rodeo

Even though Pecos is a small town of less than 10 thousand residents it has a zoo. At Maxey Park & Zoo you will find buffalo, longhorn cattle, deer, javelins, antelope and mountain lions. There is a picnic area, a gazebo and a botanical garden. There is a campground and RV park west of the park.

The West of the Pecos Museum and Park occupies an old saloon and 3 floors of an historic hotel. You will see displays of life in the 1800s and the spot where two outlaws were gunned down by quick draw bartender, Barney Riggs. Fifty rooms of exhibits show Pecos and West Texas history.

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The phrase "West of the Pecos" is part of Texas lore. Judge Roy Bean, south of Pecos, in Langtry, claimed to the the "Law West of the Pecos." Back in Judge Roy Bean's day, the Pecos River marked the line between civilization and the frontier. When you crossed the Pecos and headed west, you were traveling into lawless territory. The Pecos River, back in the 1800s still free flowing, starts 200 miles into New Mexico before winding through West Texas, before running into the Rio Grande east of Langtry. 

A common phrase in Texas back in the 1800s was to "Pecos" someone. This meant to kill someone and then dump their body in a river.

Modern day Pecos is a hug for travel both east to west, but also north to south. Pecos is a commercial center for ranching, with irrigated farming, produce processing and oil production.

Hunters come to the Pecos area for mule deer, upland game birds and javelina.

WHERE TO STAY IN PECOS

Pecos has several chain lodging options, like Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Motel 6, Quality Inn, Economy Inn, Hampton Inn and the non-chain Oak Tree Inn and Knights Inn Laura Lodge.

WHERE TO EAT IN PECOS

You will find some of the national chains, like Sonic, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, KFC and others. Non-chain restaurants include La Fiesta Drive-In, El Mexicano, Alfredos Restaurant, Abis Kitchen, Popo Frank's, Speedy's Restaurant, Tortilleria Perla, Burrito Depot, Panda House Chinese and the Jersey Lilly Steakhouse where you can get Mexican food in addition to steaks.



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