|The fuzzy (out of focus) hills in the background constitute Study Butte, from which the town of Study Butte gets its name.
We've stayed in Study Butte on two separate trips to Big Bend. It's conveniently located, just west of the park.
I like this minimalist (and funny) description of Study Butte and a comparison between it and Terlingua, written by John Troesser, the witty and droll editor of TexasEscapes [What's the difference between witty and serious? You can pretend to be serious]:
"Study (rhymes with duty) Butte (rhymes with fruit) has about the same history as Terlingua (rhymes with nothing). Both were economically tied to the mining of mercury and both experienced the same booms and busts.
One of the differences the towns have is that Study Butte was named after Will Study and Terlingua wasn't.
If you're planning on visiting the area, you're bound to see them both.
Study Butte has a big arroyo running through it and fewer no trespassing signs. Terlingua has the picturesque cemetery."