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Safety Rest Areas: Pecos West County Eastbound

(Newly constructed facility opened February 2018)
Pecos West County Westbound is the partner for Pecos West County Eastbound
2 sets of Men's and Women's Restrooms Drinking Water Family/Assisted Restroom Handicap Access Interpretive Displays Picnic Tables Storm Shelter Wireless Internet Access

Image Gallery

View of the new building and a folded roof picnic arbor
View inside a restroom
View inside the lobby area with panoramic window view of distance mountains
View of a picnic arbor with folded roof that mimics silhouette of distance mountains
View of a Star sculpture in front of the new building
spacer View of the new Pecos County Safety Rest Area from a landscaped dry creek
View of the new Pecos County Safety Rest Area from a landscaped dry creek
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Location

  • IH 10 - Eastbound, 26 miles west of Ft. Stockton
  • Latitude = 30.9388 Longitude = -103.3139
  • Milepost: 233

Features

  • 'Welcome to Texas' Photo Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • 2 sets of Men's and Women's Restrooms
  • Playground
  • Air-conditioned lobby and restrooms
  • Security Surveillance
  • Diaper Changing stations
  • Separate Truck and Passenger Parking
  • Drinking Water
  • Storm Shelter
  • Family/Assisted Restroom
  • Vending Machines
  • Handicap Access
  • Walking Trail
  • Interpretive Displays

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  • Wireless Internet Access

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    Miscellaneous

    • Newly contructed facility opened February 2018. The architectural design was inpired by local geological features, with folded rooflines that rhyme with silhouette of mountain ranges in the distance. The building is oriented for maximum view of the moutains from the lobby; after all this is the only mountainous area in Texas. The rectangular building masses are a metaphor of nearby undulating mesas, and the rugged building limestone walls resemble rock strata seen along nearby roadcuts. Outside, the landscaped dry creek with bridged sidewalks is a tribute to local natural water springs including the inactive Comanche Springs in Ft. Stocton, and the San Solomon Springs that supply water to the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool in nearby Balmorhea State Park
    • Fort Stockton, a town 30 miles east of the facility, was where a pre- and post-civil war cavalry fort located. Ninth United States Cavalry, a regiment of black troops (also known as "Buffalo'soldiers", as depicted on a wall at the eastbound facility) were among troops stationed here.
    • The name Pecos first appears in Juan de Oñate's reports concerning the Indian pueblo of Cicuye, now known as the Pecos Pueblo, and is of unknown origin