HUFFMAN POND CABIN - SECLUDED SOLAR MOUNTAIN HOME ON 88 ACRES.

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HUFFMAN POND CABIN - SECLUDED SOLAR MOUNTAIN HOME ON 88 ACRES.

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Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Huffman Pond Cabin is without a doubt the most remote and secluded vacation rental in the region. This is THE place to be if you truly wish to escape the trappings and stresses of “civilization”. This is NOT a typical rental home. It is an off-grid home and powered by solar electricity and relies on a “passive cooling” design instead of modern air conditioning.

The remote location may scare off some tourists, but true outdoorsmen and nature lovers that aren’t deterred by a rough road and lack of modern AC will be richly rewarded. Bonuses for the rugged adventurers include unparalleled seclusion, amazing views, diverse wildlife and plant life, stunning night skies, rugged hiking, a spectacular canyon, several bluffs, impressive and varied geologic features, a large private pond (currently dry due to extended drought). Guest will also enjoy access to miles upon miles of rarely traveled desert roads for driving, ATVs, biking, or walking. Additional benefits include access to the Terlingua Ranch pool and the Christmas Mountains hiking trails, all at no cost to our guests.

When you’re done exploring and enjoying the natural wonders of the Huffman Pond property and surrounding area, you can retreat into the comfort of the cabin. The cabin is built with stone and steel and designed for comfort, convenience, and relaxation. The original stone cabin and the flagstone floor for the entire house was built in the 70’s. The current owner expanded the original stone cabin by adding steel framed living area and kitchen on what had been the large flagstone patio.

The original stone cabin was converted into a very comfortable and spacious bedroom and bathroom. Because it is all built with thick stone and is shaded by the living room addition, it remains surprisingly cool on even the hottest summer days and warm on the coldest winter days. Large windows on the south and east walls of the bedroom provide excellent views of Dynamite Bluff, Little Sombrero Peak, and panoramic desert scenery.

The modern living area was added in 2010 and features an open floor plan living room, dining area and kitchen. The most impressive thing about the living area are the amazing views through the many large windows. No need for wall art here. The desert provides ever changing and inspiring beauty. Less noticed, but very important are the awning window on the northern wall, above the stone wall of the bedroom. During the summer, these windows allow hot air to escape and create a cooling convection current when one or more of the lower windows are opened on the shaded sides of the house. If you’re addicted to modern AC, this is not the place for you during the summer, but most people attracted to this type of property and the Big Bend enjoy it year round.

A little history about Huffman Pond Cabin: The original owner, Ben Huffman, started building the stone cabin in 1971. He also built a stone shed just behind the small hill beside the cabin. The stone shed was behind the hill because it was used for storing dynamite. That’s right, dynamite! The rather eccentric Mr. Huffman was determined to create a pond in the valley below the cabin. He tried, and tried, and tried to accomplish this by blowing up and collapsing the bluff at the end of the valley. His hope was that it would form a natural dam. Despite his repeated efforts, the bluff, now named “Dynamite Bluff” did not yield. He ultimately hired a bulldozer to dig out the current pond and create an earthen dam. Ben had quite a reputation in the area and could often be seen riding around the ranch roads or cross country on a small motorcycle with a rifle strapped to the handlebars and dynamite strapped behind the seat. All the dynamite has been safely removed or long since detonated. However, walk out onto “Echo Ridge” that overlooks the valley, the pond and Dynamite Bluff and you may just hear low rumble of explosions long past. If not, just shout or clap and listen for the response.

Please call or email us with any questions about a visit the Huffman Pond Cabin.

Janet & Daryl Eby 855-224-4236.

Keywords: Cabin, casita, off grid, solar, rock house, Big Bend, mountain home, secluded

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
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We don't own Huffman Pond Cabin, but we wish we did. Janet and I run Big Bend Vacation Rentals and manage eleven vacation rentals -all listed on VRBO. Janet takes care of all the reservations and customer inquiries. Daryl handles maintenance, websites, and facebook pages for all our properties. We both handle the cleaning and often have help from our sons, Josh and Zack and the companionship of our little dog Riley. If someone drives up to the house while you are here, it will most likely be us. If you have questions or concerns while you are here or while planning your trip, we'd be glad to help. We truly love our business and enjoy helping our guests.

The Owner purchased this cabin in 1993

We moved to Terlingua Ranch in 2004 in order the escape the rat race of the big city (Dallas). Daryl had loved this region for many years and managed to drag Janet out on a few trips. She was reluctant to leave the city but the solitude and rugged beauty of the desert and mountains finally won out. We've had some rough times since moving here, but have NEVER regretted the move. We love the land, the serenity and even the isolation. Sharing the area with visitors is our enduring pleasure. We hope to add more rentals and services in the future, but cannot imagine ever moving away.

Huffman Pond Cabin is our newest offering and we are very proud to manage it. We believe it will have a very special appeal for visitors that want to enjoy a more intense connection with the desert. This cabin is not for everyone, but those that like it will truly LOVE it.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Huffman Pond Cabin - Secluded Solar Mountain Home on 88 Acres.
average rating of 4.571429 based on 7 reviews
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Huffman Pond Cabin - Secluded Solar Mountain Home on 88 Acres.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p412284vb
855-224-4236
Lajitas Big Bend
5

Could not have been better!!!

  • 5 of 5
Exactly what my wife and I were looking for. Remote and quiet with no artificial light for miles!
  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Huffman Pond Cabin - Secluded Solar Mountain Home on 88 Acres.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p412284vb
855-224-4236
Lajitas Big Bend
5

Perfect Get Away

  • 5 of 5
We wanted to really get away from it all w/o camping, and this was the perfect spot. The cabin is quite comfortable, the night sky is extraordinary, & the views are magnificent. We hiked the nearby ridges and roads, visited the local church, and went to Big Bend & Terlingua a couple of times. The cabin is remote, so don't stay here expecting to drive out often. We liked hearing the coyote pubs calling for their Mom while she was out hunting, seeing so many shooting stars & the milky way, and being comfortable and warm. We are familiar with water and electricity conservation, so that wasn't a concern. We appreciated being able to take our family dog, we love having her with us. The locals in Terlingua were Hilarious - relax and make your own fun. Highly recommended.
  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are glad you had a terrific time. We hope you can come back soon.
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Huffman Pond Cabin - Secluded Solar Mountain Home on 88 Acres.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p412284vb
855-224-4236
Lajitas Big Bend
Dallas, TX
4

Great Place to Stay to Explore Marathon Side of Park

  • 4 of 5
I stayed at the cabin with a friend and 2 dogs. We had a wonderful time exploring the ranch roads and ventured across the old Marathon road a part of the Big Bend National Park we don't typically manage to see. We loved the peace and quiet, and the cabin is very comfortable inside. This place would be perfect if it had Internet/Wifi; I did miss catching up on the news. I was able to get decent mobile reception in and around the cabin, though.
  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly
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Huffman Pond Cabin - Secluded Solar Mountain Home on 88 Acres.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p412284vb
855-224-4236
Lajitas Big Bend
Midland
4

Update to previous review

  • 4 of 5
The owner off the neighboring property, (not the people who originally complained - but the man who had chased my kids down) did come and ask to apologize to them. He stated that he followed their tracks and they had stayed on the roads after all. He stated that he was told by someone that they were off road on his property. All of this was just a little disconcerting though. We in no way meant to trespass on anyone's roads, and do respect the fragile Eco-system of the desert. Again, just a little more detailed information about which roads can be traveled upon freely and where the property ends would be helpful.
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers
business
Huffman Pond Cabin - Secluded Solar Mountain Home on 88 Acres.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p412284vb
855-224-4236
Lajitas Big Bend
Midland
4

Be careful, roads change from public to private and are not always marked

  • 4 of 5
The views are gloriously beautiful, the cabin is comfortable, and it was very clean and well maintained. I would suggest to the owners though that they provide a more detailed description of which roads may be traveled upon by guests of the cabin. In the accompanying description for this property the owner states that "there are miles upon miles of ranch roads that can be used for hiking, biking, or ATVs", apparently those that attach to the property and seemed to us to be accessible only behind the Huffman Pond property gate, belonged not to the Terlingua Ranch but to some private owner. My children were chased down by an angry man on an ATV with a rifle strapped to the front and then told they could not return to the rental cabin the way they came. This is a vast wilderness and they weren't sure how to get back. A little frightening for sure! These people then called a neighbor who called another neighbor who called the sheriff. The sheriff stopped my 16 year-old, was very nice, and didn't seem concerned, but the neighbors made a very inhospitable and frightening impression with there vigilante like enthusiasm chasing down my kids with a rifle strapped to the front of their AYV. The roads are unmarked and connected to roads that belong to this property. Anyone unfamiliar with the area could be confused about where property lines end, so be very careful.
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers
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Huffman Pond Cabin - Secluded Solar Mountain Home on 88 Acres.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p412284vb
855-224-4236
Lajitas Big Bend
Austin, TX
5

Desert cabin

  • 5 of 5
My husband, 9-year-old son and I just returned from a long weekend at the Huffman Pond Cabin and we had a lovely time. We arrived in the dark and had no trouble following the detailed directions to the site. The cabin was in perfect order and nice and clean upon arrival and was a great setting for our weekend getaway. As described in the listing, it is very secluded. I loved standing outside and hearing only the sounds of nature - no man-made sounds of any sort, except for my son playing nearby. And of course the night sky was breathtaking with no light pollution. It was quite chilly while we were there, but the propane heaters were very efficient at heating the space. The solar power worked perfectly too, and we even had cell coverage for calls and texts, not that we used it. It was nice to disconnect for a few days. We hiked the property and were treated to a variety of blooming wildflowers, the most showy of which were the Big Bend Bluebonnets. Such vivid blue! We also hiked around in the Christmas Mountains and seemed to come across beautiful views around every corner. We visited the Terlingua Ranch Lodge to look at area maps and chitchat, and headed out to Terlingua Ghost Town for dinner at the Starlight one evening. Good food, good music and friendly people. The cabin was a very comfortable base for our desert exploration.
  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that you took the time to post a review. We truly love this area and the Huffman Pond Cabin. We are proud to be able to share it with others. Your comments reinforce our pride and motivate us to keep sharing our good fortune.
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Lajitas Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Jun 1 2014 - Aug 28 2014
2 night minimum stay
$99
$599
 
 
Labor Day
Aug 29 2014 - Sep 2 2014
3 night minimum stay
$139
 
 
Regular
Sep 3 2014 - Oct 30 2014
2 night minimum stay
$119
$720
 
 
Chilli Cook Off
Oct 31 2014 - Nov 3 2014
3 night minimum stay
$139
 
 
Regular
Nov 4 2014 - Nov 25 2014
2 night minimum stay
$119
$720
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 26 2014 - Dec 1 2014
3 night minimum stay
$139
 
 
Regular
Dec 2 2014 - Dec 19 2014
2 night minimum stay
$119
$720
 
 
Christmas & New Years
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 4 2015
3 night minimum stay
$139
 
 
Regular
Jan 5 2015 - Feb 28 2015
2 night minimum stay
$119
$720
 
 
Early Spring
Mar 1 2015 - Mar 5 2015
2 night minimum stay
$129
$780
 
 
Spring Break
Mar 6 2015 - Mar 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
$139
 
 
Spring
Mar 23 2015 - Mar 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$129
$780
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$119
$720
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%
Notes If you cancel before 30 days of your stay then we will refund 100% minus a $50 cancellation fee and any Paypal fees. If you cancel within 30 days of your stay then a refund will depend on if we are able to re-rent that time.
Invoices are sent by Paypal. You don't need an account. You can enter as a non-member to submit your payment. A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservations. The remaining balance will be due 30 days before your stay.
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Lajitas Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Telephone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) High quality full sized futon in the living room.
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • museums
  • zoo
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseshoes
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • hunting
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
Notes:
Hiking, birding, herping, exploring and more on 88 acres of private land in the rugged Chihuahua Desert. Rugged terrain ranges from pond, valleys, arroyos, bluffs, canyons, and wide variety geologic features. The pond is dry right now due to a record drought. This is VERY unusual and we hope it will refill again soon.
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