BEN'S HOLE CREEK
BEN'S HOLE CREEK. Ben's Hole Creek rises in the Christmas Mountains nine miles northeast of the community of Study Butte in south central Brewster County (at 29°26' N, 103°27' W) and flows southwest for twelve miles to its mouth on Terlingua Creek, just above the Ranch Road 170 crossing (at 29°20' N, 103°33' W). The upper reaches of the stream traverse the Christmas Mountains, from which the creek descends some 2,000 feet through a rugged and broken desert landscape. Local plant life, rubricated in the scientific literature as Chihuahuan Desert scrub, features such sparse, xerophytic plants as lechuguilla, ocotillo, and the ubiquitous creosote bush. The creek detours around the towering cliffs of Wildhorse Mountain, its route paralleled by State Highway 118. The name Ben's Hole Creek probably derives from that of Ben's Water Hole, at one time a well-known watering spot on the streamcourse. The water hole lay on the route between Terlingua to the south and Alpine far to the north. Ben's identity is lost.