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Lajitas House (Big Bend River View)

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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3 nights


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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Lajitas House is in the historic Lajitas Resort area just 30 minutes from the beauty of the Big Bend National Park and 1 mile from the Big Bend Ranch State Park. Both parks have a variety of hikes and some truly spectacular scenery. Be sure to visit the local Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center on the east side of Lajitas for information and interesting exhibits.

Afterwords, relax in the shade of our front porch, enjoy the pristine view out across the shimmering Rio Grande River into the majestic mountains of Mexico or walk down the hill and sit by the river. Enjoy the peacefulness that underlies the Lajitas experience.

Lajitas House is within walking distance to the Lajitas boardwalk which offers shopping and a full service spa. Walk to the historic Lajitas Trading Post, which includes a deli, or to the Candellia, an excellent restaurant on the boardwalk where you can enjoy a meal in rustic elegance outdoors or in. The Thirsty Goat Bar offers a variety of libations in a comfortable and richly decorated environment.

A twenty minutes drive east and you are in the historic Terlingua Ghost Town. The world famous Chili Cook-off Championship occurs annually early in November. In Terlingua you can enjoy dining at The Starlight Theatre Restaurant and Bar and shopping at the Trading Post.

A short drive west from Lajitas House on the spectacular River Road (Texas 170) takes you through the magnificent vistas of Big Bend State Park and past historic Fort Leaton to the official border crossing at Presidio. On the Mexican side is the city of Ojinaga, site of the historic Battle of Ojinaga between the rebel soldiers of Pancho Villa and Mexican Federales.

Recently the crossing into Boquillas, a small Mexican border town on the Rio Grande Mexico became a reality. If you choose to make this adventure part of your Big Bend experience, you must have a passport. Boquillos is on the east side of Big Bend National Park. Remember: You must have an unexpired passport.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Judy Balch
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016


based on 23 traveler reviews

Lajitas House (Big Bend River View)
average rating of 4.7391305 based on 23 reviews

Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second trip to the Big Bend area in 3 months and we decided to book Lajitas House when we saw that the rooms we wanted in the resort weren't available during the time we wanted to visit. We were SO excited when we pulled up and saw the views from the house! Sunsets, Big Bend State Park, the Rio Grande, Mexico...all from the front porch. The pictures definitely don't do this place justice...we loved everything about the house, including the old southwest rustic feel. The "great room" is very spacious, the kitchen has all that you need, and the bedrooms were huge. While we didn't think we really needed that much space for our family of four, it turned out to be perfect at the end of the day when everyone wanted their own space. We brought all of our food with us to make meals at home and a few extra things that ended up not being necessary (dish soap, salt and pepper, trash bags, toilet paper, etc.). This house is perfectly situated between the National Park and the State Park! We ended up going over to Boquillas for "Good Neighbor Day" and it was both humbling and fun. I wasn't certain what to expect with taking over our 12 and 5 year old but it was totally fine, completely safe and everyone was very warm and welcoming. If you want a fun little hike, head into the State Park and hike into Closed was one of our favorite hikes we did! If you happen to have a 4x4, definitely take Old Maverick Road to Santa Elena Canyon...that has been one of the highlights from our past two trips. Also, take the short hike into Lower Burro Mesa kids LOVED walking along the dried up creek bed into the pour-off.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amii, Thank you for your great review. We are always thrilled when our guests enjoy their visit to the Big Bend area. We are especially pleased when our guests find Lajitas House to be a very warm and comfortable home away from home. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. And we hope you will come back. Bill & Judy
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Great need of repairs

  • 3 of 5

The Lajitas house is a wonderfully located 2 bedroon rental house. It has an amply supplied kitchen and a spacious living/dining room.

Star watching is great from the rock front area. The local rental managers were very responsive to a call to fix the toilet and a couple other minor items.

Internally the house neeeds a makeover to repair loose floor tile, ceiling joint repairs, and new msttresses in non ensuite bedroom.

The price seemed a bit excessive given the age etc.

Overall it is a great getaway location just needing a bit of TLC.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review for your stay at Lajitas House, telling us what you liked and making suggestions for improvements. It is very important to us that our guests be completely satisfied with their accommodations. We are very pleased that you confirmed how reliable and capable our property managers were in assisting you. I am not surprised that some repairs on tiles and the ceiling are needed. Lajitas house is constructed of native adobe and native Mexican imported tile. Like all houses in the area Lajitas House sits on a bentonite clay substrate. Therefore, there will be more or less movement depending on the amount of moisture. And we had much more rain than usual this year. The rain helps the desert flora and fauna, but produces a few minor cracks in the house. So some cosmetic repairs are usually needed annually. I am much more concerned, and surprised, about your comments about the mattresses in the guest bedroom. We have not had any complaints about these mattresses since they were replaced a few years ago. And even though individual reactions to a given mattress can vary we will definitely check this out. This is an important issue. We had planned to replace the mattresses soon anyway and your comments will move that schedule forward. Again, thank you for your observations. This is the kind of feedback we need to make sure that our guests are comfortable and are inclined to stay with us again if they should return to Big Bend country.
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Very Good

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our stay and was in a great location to visit both Big Bend Natl Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. Plenty of room and very comfortable even with temps in the 109* range. Great view from the rear porch.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for telling us about your stay at Lajitas House. We are very pleased that you found the house to be comfortable and that you enjoyed the extraordinary view from the west porch. We are eager to make sure that our guests have what they need to enjoy their visit to the Big Bend area. We hope you will stay with us again when you return.
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Beautiful view! Nice landscaping. Great patio!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved sitting on the porch drinking our morning coffee. The views are spectacular. The house is clean and comfortable; so much better than a hotel. The owner was quite helpful and informative regarding nearby restaurants and things to do in the area. We had our grandkids with us and they enjoyed the stay. We will certainly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We agree that the west porch of Lajitas House is one of its best features. We have spent many hours in the evening with family and friends, snacking, drinking wine, chatting, and waiting for the incredible night sky to appear. And the mornings, drinking coffee and watching the canyon below begin to fill with light, all that fills one with joy.
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  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here! It was very relaxing and spacious for two couples, loved our front porch view! We will be back! Thanks so much for sharing your property.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to comment on your experience. We're very happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your returning.
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Pictures under-rate

  • 4 of 5

This looked like a nice place inside, and it was. I made the statement several times before we arrived that I expected it to be a duplex, (I have no issues with a duplex) because of the outside picture that represents the property. I would say this property deserves someone taking pictures of the outside front and across the view. Great place with a huge porch for sitting out. Beyond the porch lies a view of the stars like never before seen. If I ever return to the area, I would love to stay there again.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your suggestion about new photos is right on target. Too bad we can't post pictures of those beautiful starry night skies. Incredible. Thank you for you review.
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Nearest Airport
356 Miles
Midland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Thirsty Goat
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Ambush Golf Course
Nearest Train
97 Miles
Alpine, Texas
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Candelilla Restaurant
Car: necessary

Lajitas House, with thick walls constructed of native adobe, sits on a hill on the west side of Lajitas. The west porch offers a view of the Rio Grande and, across the river, Old Mexico. Evenings offer spectacular sunsets and on clear nights the heavens are resplendent with stars.

Other Activities: Rafting, canoeing, ATV, jeep tours, and shuttle services are available in the area. Even wine tastings and gourmet trips. Outfitters in the area include Far Flung Outdoor Adventures, Big Bend River Tours, or Desert Sports. The Barton Warnock Center on the east side of Lajitas is an excellent place to learn about hiking in the area.


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Tax Rate 13.0%

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Lajitas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Patio
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
King Bed in one bedroom, two Queen Beds in the other bedroom, Phone (phone card required for long distance), DishNet TV, Coffee Maker, Hair Dryers, Cooking Utensils, Linens, View of Rio Grande River and Paso Lajitas, Mexico.

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