|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Incredible sunrises and sunsets especially in the summer months. Living out in the wilderness sharpens your senses, the wildlife, the smells the sounds. Life at the end of the road. comfortable and quiet accommodations in the wilderness, tarantula ranch is over a hill and two miles away from the nearest paved road. Swafford road literally dead ends at the gate to our compound. The cottage(casita) is a four room facility. It has one bedroom with a full size bed the other room has a queen size futon and a full size futon. It has a full kitchen with a new gas range and new full size refigrator. It also has a microwave, plates, flatware, coffee maker etc. The cottage has been remodled and has sautillo tile floors,custom cabinets in the kitchen, his and her sinks in the bath and the highest rated insulation in the walls and ceiling.The cottage has a porch to the west which is nice to have breakfast on during the warm months although you may have to share with two friendly burros and an appalosa horse. They are the worlds biggest beggers. Watch where you step! I'll try and have some carrots in the frig so you can give them a snack, only one carrot each as equines have a delicate digestive system. The cottage has real electricity and water from a well. We have a real septic system that works. We have 220 fenced acres and another 120 acres outside the fence line here at the compound. As a result we have several hikes to great vistas right out your front door. One of my favorites is Jack Eden Mesa. i own the highest peak on Jack Eden and it's nice to sit on top with your 360 degree view where you can see Texas, The Big Bend National Park and Mexico while eating lunch. The guest cottage sleeps four but if you have six people in your party i have another room that sleeps two. It has a queen size bed, its own bath and a walk in closet. In addition to a shower the bath also has an antique cowboy bathtub.Bring your bubble bath. This room is only a short distance from the guest cottage and is used for overflow. in addition to property here at the compound Tarantula Ranch llc also has other properties in the area. One in particular is at a lower elevation (warmer) for our winter time sunworshipers. It's common to have 75 to 80 degree days there in the winter. That property also has pictographs both Indian and Spanish. i have a jeep and can take two people at a time on a jeep tour to my various properties. you can sign up for that when you make reservations. At the end of a day of playing in the big bend it's nice to kick back with a drink in our hot tub that sits on a cliff facing west, listening for coyotes and looking for shooting stars. We also have an observation deck that hangs out over that same western cliff that the hot tub is on. The big bend has some of the darkest skies in the world. here at Tarantula Ranch you are an easy drive( by west Texas standards) to all the tourist attractions in the area,the national park, the state park,river rafting outfitters,horseback riding,jeep tours, the Terlingua ghosttown where good food, good drinks,good music and good times are alive and well.
Keywords: remote,spectacular vistas,friendly burros and horse will interact with you,wide open spaces, great sunrises and sunsets.
I am a native texan. I am a retired coach. On my ranch i live with six dogs, two horses ,two burros and two cats.the two burros and one of the horses are rescues. five of the six dogs are rescues. one of my rescue dogs was born blind and deaf. her name is Helen Keller.both cats are rescues. You will meet them all when you come to Tarantula Ranch and will learn each of their stories.
curt swafford purchased this cottage in 1996
Breakfast with burros,hikes to great vistas right out the front door. For the golfers, i can save you about $16.00 on your green fee at blackjack crossing golf resort in lajatis.
We came for a long weekend anniversary trip, and left with a new favorite get away spot, and several new friends! Our host, Curt was welcoming and hospitable, while making it clear he fully respected our privacy on our romantic weekend. We were welcomed with delicious margaritas and some amazing seasoned popcorn that I've been spending the last week trying to replicate :) The stars over the Big Bend sky are a life changing experience if you are used to city lights. We spent hours in the lawn chairs viewing the amazing stars... and even some more interesting "lights" in the distance. Curt gave us the info we needed to make the most of one day in the park, taking some great hikes with breathtaking views. Breakfast on the porch was made complete by our new furry friends maggie, billy, cody, and eileen joining us. Our host was then even kind enough to take us on a private tour of the Terlingua area, educating us on the history and showing us some prized locations few know about. Our long weekend was cut short by some Texas winter weather - so we will be back, and can't imagine experiencing Big Bend any other way but with our new furry friends and gracious host, Curt!
We stayed a week here just about one year ago. We're inveterate travelers who can't quite help ourselves, and somehow we stumbled over this place! When you travel a lot, you learn there are places you simply can't get out of your mind. This is one! This is not the Ritz. It's way better then the Ritz. The Ritz doesn't have a donkey, Maggie, trying to eat your rear view mirror, nor the politically incorrect "Helen Keller" the blind rescue dog. And their concierge can't hold a candle to Curt! Speaking of Curt: my computer crashed and I lost your email address so I have to tell you this way: "thanks for a helluva memorable week, and I hope your wretched golf game has improved a tiny bit!"
I stayed at the cottage in January for my birthday along with my dog Tyson. I went to get away from everything and to practice some night photography and try to capture the Milky Way. I wasn't sure what to expect when I booked the trip but it turned out to be an amazing experience. Curt is an awesome host and the animals on the property are friendly and hilarious. Maggie would come to the bedroom door in the mornings and knock. I saw her from the window lifting her leg and hitting the bottom frame of the door wanting us to come outside. I seriously think she fell in love with Tyson. She would follow him everywhere and at one point she stood with her head lowered and he rested his head on top of hers. I got some good pictures out of it. Curt advised me on which hikes I should take when I visited the park and I am glad I took his advice and did the lost mine trail because the view at the end was well worth it. What made this place stand out from the others was actually having someone else on the property not far away and that ended up being very helpful. I will definitely be going back in the near future. Make sure you do the tours of his other properties and surrounding areas with him. I can say I left there smarter than when I arrived because of him.
Please accept my apologies for this overdue review of one of the most memorable outings of my life. From my first pre-stay telephone conversation with owner /manger, Curt, to our star gazing nights, and breakfasts with resident donkey, horse and dogs, I was smitten and completely at ease with the unique and welcoming charm and natural grandeur of both Curt, and Terlingua/Big Bend. The cottage might have needed a 'woman's touch" to spruce it up a bit, but in general, we (couple with dog) were comfortable and happy. This is not a 5 star resort. It's part cottage, part camp, part hang out for a base to exploring a natural wonder, immense big sky star gazing / space shuttle watching, and laughing your head off with one of the funniest, most genuine hosts ever, who also happens to be a great, knowledgeable, generous guide. The bathroom was big with great views and the kitchenette had everything needed for meals, refrigeration and light cooking. Curt let us use his hot tub on a windy cold night after a long hike and we were gallantly escorted to and from the top of the hill by his loyal Great Pyrenees. He also took us into town for trinket shopping and a music festival and into the desert to see rock etchings and some local spectacular flora and fauna. All the way along, he kept us informed and entertained with stories that we will remember forever. We planned to return the next year but a cycling accident prevented travel. We are still hoping to return. Curt, we miss you! Be well. T, M & D
Curt and his furry friends are AMAZING hosts! What a way to experience the Big Bend for the first time (for us). Maggie, Billy, Cody and Ilene (burros and horses) kept us entertained during our Happy Hours on the patio each night. And, Curt is simply the best tour guide around. We were relaxed, comfortable and simply in awe of this amazing place.
Popcorn and Margaritas upon arrival = awesome!
AM burro wake up calls / visits = hilarious!
Peace and tranquility = priceless!
Thank you SO MUCH to Curtis, Maggie, Billy, Cody, Ileen, Haagen, Daz, Pepper, Helen and all the rest. We loved it at the Tarantula Ranch!
My Husband, parents and our two small dogs had a wonderful time visiting Big Bend National Park, wild life, star gazing and learning more about geology through the scenery and Curt's knowledge from his tour.
My dogs love the donkeys & horses on the property.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
5 nights or more
Aug 15 2015 - Aug 16 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$89|
|Property Maintenance||$60 + Tax|
3 Night Special! $119 per night
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Pay for 6 nights get 7th night for free! Valued at 109.00 per night.
For stays of 28 nights or more for $99.00 per night.
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