The Northwest Corner of Texas - Near Clayton, New Mexico

The Northwest Corner of Texas
Some say life is best when you're "deep in the heart of Texas." Well, today I didn't get anywhere near the heart, but I did stand on the northwesternmost edge of the Lone Star State. With the wind slamming against me, I thought about bluebonnets, longhorns, and those lovable Houston Oilers whom I miss. My soul sang.

Directions: From Clayton, New Mexico, travel east out of town on U.S. Highway 412 as if you're heading to Boise City, Oklahoma. Turn off on Rinker Road (some maps name it Texas State Line Road) and pull over. Your smartphone mapping system might show the corner in the middle of the highway, but it is not. The marker is approximately three feet off the pavement. My photos and videos below give all details.

NW Texas Marker
To think of all the people who speed by who probably have no idea how close they come to Northwest Texas glory!

Photos by Steve Garufi a.k.a. "Colorado Guy" Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

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Capulin Volcano National Monument


December 30, 2016 - My adventure began when I took my first picture as I drove past Capulin Volcano National Monument on Highway 64.

This park is worth a visit if you're interested in extinct volcanoes.

Clayton, New Mexico

Clayton, New Mexico

Once you're in Clayton, it's only a short drive to the marker.
Flyover Country

Flyover Country

East of Clayton, the views are bare. I think they call this flyover country, right? :p)
New Mexico & Texas State Line

NW Texas Corner Marker

NW Texas Marker

The marker may be covered by overgrown grass, but you'll see it once you know where to look. It is only three feet from the pavement.

Be advised that if the grass is tall, especially in the warmer months, that kind of terrain is popular for snakes. So please be careful.

The marker has the two lines that make a 90-degree angle. Nice!

NW Texas Corner Marker I don't make it to Texas often, but when I do, I go all out in living large.

Below are my other pages in the Lone Star State:
  • South Franklin Mountain
  • Ackerly, TX
  • Big Spring State Park
  • 2011 Bike Across USA in Texas
  • Texas & New Mexico State Line

    Texas State Line Road

    Facing south, there are telephone poles that go in the distance along the state line. That's another helpful reference if you're searching for the marker.

    The second photo shows the view to the east. I'm pretty sure I parked my Honda Civic with the front end in Texas. :)

    Special thanks to my friend Mark Mullins in Guymon, OK for encouraging me with visiting the marker. He has his own write-up about this spot:


    A short video showing the location of the marker.

    My much longer video with narration.

    Of course, it was not a shabby experience. :)

    Two miles to the east is the Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico tri-state marker.

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