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Agua Fria Mountain

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“frigid cool swimming hole oasis”

A pristine swimming hole tucked deep in the ranches of Brewster County, north of Study-Butte, TX. Agua Fria Mountain is a large mesa eighteen miles north of Terlingua in southwestern Brewster County (at 29°31' N, 103°39' W). Its steep, deeply cut and eroded sides rise some 1,500 feet above the surrounding Chihuahua Desert floor. Near its southeastern edge the mesa reaches an elevation of 4,828 feet above sea level. Its name, Spanish for "cold water," refers to a large spring at the base of a cliff several hundred feet high on the western side of the mountain. The spring is surrounded by willows and large boulders and harbors an abundant growth of watercress. The cliff forms a large protective overhang, beneath which are deep accumulations of ashes and burned rock, as well as numerous flakes of flint, obsidian, jasper, and chalcedony. Colorful pictographs cover the lower reaches of the cliff face and many of the nearby boulders. One modern historian of the region cites evidence of a rather extensive irrigation system built by Indians to the north and northeast of Agua Fria Mountain.

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Greek_nomad

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August 21, 2014
Rated 5.0

Located in South Western Brewster County this place is ideal for hikers and geologists. Great hiking routes in a rather changing environments and even greater rock formations (consisting mostly of obsidian, jasper and chalcedony).

As a great contrast to the harsh desert surroundings, you will find a nice swimming hole in the Agua Fria Mountain, specifically in the ranches of Brewster County. Great place for basic camping for the night ! Just be aware of the wild life!!

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sniffies

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January 04, 2017

Please note that this mountain is on private property. You must secure landowner permission before visiting.

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Agua Fria Mountain

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