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Terlingua Ranch Retreat-Stunning 360 Views, Solitude, Comfort

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Absolute solitude in a stunning setting, near Big Bend National Park.

Off-grid vacation home on Terlingua Ranch.

This cozy one bedroom vacation retreat located on 90 acres offers unparalleled 360 degree views, quiet, and comfort in a remote setting. No nearby lights to interrupt the starlit sky of the Big Bend. Sleeps two people in upstairs bedroom queen, plus a twin/daybed with a high-density foam mattress and an inflatable mattress (maximum 3 people due to composting toilet capacity). The nearest house is nearly a mile away. You can go weeks without a car passing by.

House is light and modern, with bamboo floors, tile, and modern ceiling fans. The retreat is oriented so that at any time of the day, one of the two porches is in the shade. One is screened and the other open.

This is a great vacation rental. An escape from everyday life with a beautiful view of Nine Point Mesa to the north, Jack Eden Mesa to the northeast and Corazones Peaks to the south. The property is true to its desert climate, with dozens of species of cacti, along with ocotillo, yucca, and many varieties of prickly pear, strawberry pitaya, and rainbow cactus in abundance. In addition, bluebonnets, the Texas state flower, and resurrection ferns are found on the 90 acres. The property provides ample opportunities for watching birds and wildlife. We see foxes and deer regularly, and at night frequently hear coyotes howling in the distance.

To explore West Texas, the house is 30 miles from the Big Bend National Park gate; 23 miles to Study Butte/Terlingua ghost town and 35 miles to the famed Lajitas Resort.

PLEASE NOTE: The house is located three-quarter mile along a dirt road from the main ranch paved road, and the dirt road takes you over a rise so that traffic on the paved road is not visible or audible. All vehicles can make the short trip (but as always in this part of the world, have a spare tire just in case). The property's solar and wind energy powers the lights, fans, appliances, and the radio/CD player, while propane gas powers the stove, wall heaters and hot water heater. The composting toilet (Envirolet) is modern and odorless -- not the primitive drop toilet you may know from national or state parks.

We do have a very quiet gas-powered generator for window air conditioners in the hottest months. Thank you for understanding that there is a burn moratorium in Terlingua Ranch, and no campfires are allowed due to dry climate fire danger and fragility of desert vegetation. Finally, the stairs to the upstairs bedroom are slightly steeper than normal and may not be the best for those who have difficulty managing stairs.

Visit the website at TRRetreat com for more photos and information. THESE PRICES SUPERCEDE PRICES ON OUR WEBSITE.

Keywords: Terlingua, Terlingua Ranch, Solar, Eco-friendly, secluded, private, remote, mountain views, Big Bend

More Details

Property Manager
Janet Eby
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017


Terlingua House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1) Comfy Tempur-Pedica mattress., Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • whitewater rafting
Indoor bathroom has a shower, but there is also a hot/cold outdoor shower with N views.


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Terlingua Ranch Retreat-Stunning 360 Views, Solitude, Comfort
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Amazing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Terlingua Ranch Retreat was the perfect place to go for a long weekend. The remoteness allows for complete relaxation and the house has all the amenities you'd need. I only wish I had had more time to spend there. If you are planning a trip to the Big Bend/Terlingua area, I can't recommend Terlingua Ranch Retreat enough.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible property and stay!

  • 5 of 5

We looooved our time out in the desert at this house. It's so cute and everything is well thought of. We didn't have problems except for finding the dirt road at 10pm on our way in. :) We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terlingua Stars

  • 5 of 5

I don't think I can describe how great this property is. The views are awesome from any direction. It's been a long time since I've seen so many stars at night. We saw deer and jack rabbits in the early morning, heard coyotes at night and on morning walks found all kinds of animal tracks. Our cow dog mix found out she is not as fast as a jack rabbit! The house was great (minor issue w/toilet but was quickly fixed by Janet's husband). It was wonderful to sleep w/windows open at night and see the stars. Seldom did we hear any traffic noise, the peace and quite was wonderful. Loved the outdoor shower! Eating breakfast and dinner on the porches was very nice. I would highly recommend this propery.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to get away

  • 5 of 5

Ithe was an astro photographer's dream you can see the pictures I took there

www.ken forbesproductions. com

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Desert Retreat with spectular views and everything you need

  • 5 of 5

We loved this little house. We are not much for hotels and preferred to cook and just hang out after a long day of hiking in Big Bend. It was well worth the drive from the park and we loved just being able to shower outside, cook on the grill and enjoy a couple of drinks while watching the beautiful sunsets. Mornings were just as great with breakfast on the porch and amazing sunrises. Was a little concerned with the AC but the nights and mornings were perfectly cool. This is a great place and well stocked with all the little things so suggest checking it out before spending too much at the local grocery store. Great find for us.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time and amazing views!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I had an amazing laid back weekend and enjoyed our time in Terlingua and Big Bend very much! This is a fantastic secluded property but still close enough if you want to go into Terlingua for anything. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
230 Miles
Midland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
30 Miles
High Sierra Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
41 Miles
Black Jack's Crossing in Lajitas
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Texas State Highway 118
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Bad Rabbitt Cafe

Please note lists below of activities and amenities. But must stress wonderful hiking in Big Bend N.P. Also please note that stairs up to bedroom are somewhat steep and shallow. They have sturdy railings and non-skid runner and should be fine for most everyone. NO HUNTING OR TARGET PRACTICE.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $50

Our cancellation policy is if you cancel before 30 days of your stay, then we will refund 100% minus a $50 cancellation fee and any Processing fees. If you cancel within 30 days of your stay then a refund will depend on us being able to re-rent that time. Rates are subject to change until payment has been received.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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