Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau
113 E. Third St.
Hours: Closed weekends; Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce
215 W. Third St.
P.O. Box 1391
1 (800) 734-7641
Hours: Closed weekends; Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
510 Scurry St.
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Closed all major holidays; Open Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Heritage Museum is 13,000-square-feet facility filled with varying exhibits that include Comanche Indian artifacts and relics from the early days of railroad transportation and telephone communications. Flanking the museum is the Gerald-Marie Wallace Pavilion and an outdoor patio for events. The Potton House, a historical house listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is maintained and staffed by the Heritage Museum. The Potton House is five blocks to the north of the museum.
200 N. Gregg St.
Open for tours by appointment. Call to schedule a tour.
The Potton House is a Victorian-style home that has been restored to its original appearance, when Joseph Potton and his family lived in the house in 1901. According to the Heritage Museum, the house serves as a lasting tribute to Big Spring’s turn of the century architecture. Potton, then a master mechanic for Texas and Pacific Railway, was a civic leader in the community and the owner of the first car in Big Spring.
Hangar 25 Air Museum
1911 Apron Drive
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Hangar 25 Air Museum is a community-funded restoration project of a World War II flight hanger. Staffed by retired veterans and civil service employees ready to share their memories of the hangar when it was active, the mission of the museum is to promote education through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the history of the Big Spring Army Air Force Bombardier School and Webb Air Force Base while also honoring all veterans.
Big Spring Vietnam Memorial
Ave D Industrial Park
Contact for hours of operation.
Dedicated May 27, 1991, the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial honors the memory of those killed in action during the Vietnam War. A 9-foot, 6-inch royal black granite memorial structure sits on two and half acres of the former Webb Air Force Base, along with restored helicopters, a jet and a tank.
Comanche Trail Park
Comanche Trail Park is a 479-acre park that features Comanche Trail Lake, an 18-hole golf course, the Russ McEwen Family Aquatic Center, a 6,900-seat limestone amphitheater, a softball field, nine tennis courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, and overnight camping sites. The aquatic center, which opened in 2012, includes wading pools, water slides, and a lazy river for all ages. At the bank of Comanche Trail Lake, where visitors enjoy fishing, is the Dora Roberts Community Center, a facility available for rent for weddings, conferences, dances and receptions. Located on the south end of Big Spring, Comanche Trail Park can be accessed from U.S. 87 and from F.M. 700.
Russ McEwen Family Aquatic Center
911 Golf Course Road
For reservations, call (432) 264-2323.
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Big Spring State Park
1 Scenic Drive
Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. to sunset.
Big Spring State Park is an expansive, 382-acre park with breathtaking views off of a 200-foot bluff in the heart of the city. With a three-mile loop road, Big Spring State Park is especially inviting to cyclists, joggers, walkers and birdwatchers. An average temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit in July, according to Texas Parks & Wildlife, and free admission, make Big Spring State Park ideal for a summer picnic.
Roy Anderson Sports Complex
1700 W. Interstate 20
To reserve a field, call (432) 264-2323 or email Terri Telchik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for hours of operation.
A recreational sports facility recently expanded and renovated by the City of Big Spring parks department that includes seven softball fields, seven baseball fields, five soccer fields, two football fields, and one practice field.
Big Spring Country Club Golf Course
2401 Driver Road
Call for hours of operation.
Moss Creek Lake
10000 Moss Lake Road
Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Moss Creek Lake, 10 miles east of Big Spring, is owned and maintained by the City and provides water for Howard County and several surrounding counties. The lake also a hotspot for swimming, boating and fishing with 400 acres allocated for recreational use. Moss Creek Lake includes 26 sheltered campsites, two large pavilions, each equipped with electricity for hosting group events, a playground, a paintball course, a dirt bike course and a beach swimming area. Overnight campers must apply for a permit.
200 E. Third St.
Call for hours of operation.
At 15 stories tall, Hotel Settles is hard to miss. The solid concrete building designed by architect David Castle and constructed by Will R. and Lillian Settles, first opened its doors on October 1, 1930, at the height of the oil boom. Cost of constructing the hotel was reported to be $500,000, according to the Chamber. The building was, at the time opening, the tallest building between El Paso and Fort Worth, and was once host to Elvis Presley. The hotel changed owners numerous times throughout the 20th century before it was shuttered in 1982. The building fell into ruin and there it stayed for decades before Big Spring native G. Brint Ryan purchased the property in 2006 and invested $30 million in restoring the 150-room hotel.
Largest Wind Turbines in America
Towering at a height of 371 feet, 46 wind turbines, which can be seen from as far as Edwards Plateau, generate enough electricity to power 7,300 homes for a year, according to promotional material by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce. The turbines were installed in 1998 by TU Electric and York Research as the first phase of a $40 million renewable energy project amply named the Big Spring Wind Power Project. When installed, TU Electric named the turbines to be the largest in the America.