90 minutes and a world away from Dallas, welcome to Buenas Noches on the Brazos. Enjoy your own retreat high above the clear-flowing Brazos River and magazine-cover views of the Palo Pinto Mountains, just 50 miles west of Fort Worth. Here you will find awe-inspiring views, your own private piece of the Brazos and a hill country retreat reminiscent of those you usually have to drive five or six hours to find. Buenas Noches is what you want Texas to look like. You will find comfortable accommodation for large groups or just a couple's getaway. Canoes available and canoe trips available at additional cost.
The best canoeing/kayaking, rock climbing, road bike routes and scenery are all here or just up the road. Just seven miles to town and all the conveniences there, but as isolated as you want it to be.
The city and cube walls don't surround you here, only history. The Comanches, the fiercest warriors this part of the world may have ever seen, once guarded these grounds with extreme prejudice. Only a couple nights here are necessary to help you come around to their point of view.
Charlie Goodnight and Oliver Loving called this area home, as well. From here, the Goodnight-Loving Trail got its start and so too did the story that would later be immortalized in McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.
If any of that sort of thing interests you, or maybe just sheer beauty and the quiet that accompanies it, you will love this place.
If you, or a loved one have an addiction to TV, I would recommend this as rehab (though I can't speak to the deductibility of it).
There is no TV here.
Some are made uneasy by this, however I am happy to report, most of those same people, come away loving this place all the more for it.
There are some great out-of-the-way little dives and restaurants down in the towns of Gordon, Strawn and a few other little places around the county. Pretty much any drive to any of these places is guaranteed to be a scenic one.
Spend a night or a weekend here on the cliffs above the 'Arms of God' and you'll understand why I call this place Buenas Noches. Any night spent here is a good night.
Keywords: Ranch, river, house, hills, beautiful, brazos
I am a freelance writer and author. My best-known title is 'Shine On,' the history of Shiner Beer and story of Shiner, Texas. For six years, I was an essayist on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday.
From the time I read John Graves' 'Goodbye To A River,' I was in love with the Brazos and this part of Texas. It is my wish to share this gem with all those who care about such things.
Buenas Noches is named in honor of Charles Goodnight, who inspired the story of 'Lonesome Dove.' Captain Charlie's first ranch was very near where you will be. 'Buenas Noches' was how he was known to the Comanches against whom he fought. It also describes how any night spent here is a good night.