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curt swafford

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.

63 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage

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Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Detached Unit, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Before we get into how beautiful Tarantula Ranch is let me save you some money. I only do business over the phone so if you will call me instead of emailing me it will save me time( the pain in the rear computer) and you some money on your stay. My numbers are (432)371-2784 or (432)897-4433. Both numbers are land lines and both are hooked up to answering machines, however you must leave your number as i don't have caller I.D....I'm "old school". NOW ABOUT TARANTULA RANCH....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 full size 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 and bathroom, 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 a 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 a 4 wheel drive suburban that i can take people on a tour to my various properties to see how people have lived in the Big Bend from 8000 years to present with a little geology thrown in. You can sign up for that when you make reservations.If you are a golfer, as a member of The Lajatas Country Club, i can save you 20% off your green fee. 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 and 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.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
curt swafford (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

About curt swafford

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

What makes this cottage unique

Breakfast with burros,hikes to great vistas right out the front door. Hot tub on west cliff.Observation deck that hangs off west cliff. For the golfers, i can save you 20% off your green fee at Blackjack Crossing Golf Resort in Lajatas.


based on 63 traveler reviews

Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.
average rating of 4.888889 based on 63 reviews
Calgary,AB, Canada

High atop a hill.

  • 3 of 5

Spent three nights with a couple. Chose as was convenient for hiking in Big Bend which is about an hour away. The road into cabin is very rough; suitable for an SUV or truck BUT we made it in & out several times with our Ford Fiesta! The cabin is adequately equipped for cooking meals. There's very few staples available but there was salt & pepper. Don't forget your coffee/ tea or whatever you choose to drink in the morning as its 30 minute drive into town (Terlingua). There's an excellent grocery store there that seems to have anything you'd want in way of groceries. In Old Town Terlingua there's a fun pub with a lot of local flair and decent food. The hikes in Big Bend are well worth the effort. Curt (owner of cabin) is very friendly, helpful with lots of local information. He'd recommended the Santa Elena Canyon hike that was great!! Also, we went to tiny Mexican border town that has very limited border hours. Fun visit with burro rides into the town. Have $5 ready (per person) for boat ride across Rio Grande plus for burro ride. Two good restaurants in that town.

The night stars at Curt's place are absolutely phenomenal; we sat each night on an old hot water heater outside a shed by the cabin and gazed at stars and the general scenery. If you want a rustic, rough, away from it all, no wifi, no cell service (great satellite tv though), with a very approachable owner this is your place!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful High Desert Destination

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay if you're looking for solitude and beautiful high desert scenery. Sunsets from the porch are amazing. The cottage has everything needed including a fully equipped kitchen, large bathroom, nicely furnished bedroom, and a comfortable living room with two futons, a recliner and Direct TV. It is clean and well maintained, and provides easy access to Big Bend National Park, Study Butte and Terlingua. Curt, the owner, is very responsive, super friendly and very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. Wildlife abounds including deer, javelina, wild burros, jack rabbits, road runners, coyotes and more. This is a great base camp for photography, hiking, biking, day-long excursions, or just relaxing. It is so peaceful and quite. The only sound you will hear is the occasional West Texas wind. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oklahoma city

Old West Experience

  • 5 of 5

There is a lot going on down there in the Terlingua area. Its hard to put it all in words. Our 3 days at the ranch was a great experience.The views, animals, weather, ghost town and even Curt are things everyone should experience. You can't not love that guy.

The casita is rustic, rugged, rough and the perfect setting for your old west adventure. It gave me an idea of what the life of a real ranch hand is like.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cross Junction, VA

Unbeatable peace and quiet beauty

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed the three nights at this fun place. Curt helped me out the night before arrival by finding a place in Terlingua, I had messed up the dates. That was nice too! The place provides everything you need and offers the most beautiful views. I wanted to stay up each night just to watch the stars and listen to the wind, but a comfortable bed called. Very nice rental.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Curt's Big Sky Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Constantly changing vistas, quiet and open sky. What a wonderful place to escape! Even though we brought books most of the time we just gazed around at the mountains, Lovely breezes and beautiful night skies with millions of stars you will never see in the city. Yes, the casita was rustic but nothing had been overlooked. We started each day with coffee looking to find where Billy, Maggie Mae and Eileen had spent the night. Once we found them it was carrot time. Less than an hour from Big Bend National Park and also don't miss Big Bent State Park that has it's own personality. No need to go anywhere to hike though as there are numerous trails right outside the door on the property.

Speaking of personalities can not forget Curt the owner of the ranch. Very knowledgeable of the area and just a delight to talk to. His recommendations were spot on for what we were seeking. Since we are dog people he would his recue puppies down for a Milkbone treat while he fed the burros and Eileen.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Amazing Escape

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Big Bend and Tarantula Ranch. We came with our 19 month old toddler and our dog. The entire family enjoyed the ranch and the trip. The ranch is wonderful, if you are an animal lover you will feel right at home here at the ranch. The drive to the ranch is a scenic adventure, we saw jack rabbits, coyotes, and road runners every day going in and out. The cottage is a rustic and very comfortable place to stay. The views are great from the porch, be sure you save room for Maggie the burrow, she will become an extended member of the family before you leave.

Curt, the owner, is super welcoming and a wealth of knowledge about the area. I would suggest calling him in advance if you want suggestions for planning things to do while in Big Bend.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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we have two unique vistas on the property where you can see texas,the big bend national park and mexico.


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Property Maintenance $60 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 13.0%

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Texas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
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  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
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  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 bathroom with his and hers sinks,1 toilet and a shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) queen size futon, Double Beds (2) one is a real bed the other is a double bed futon. The instructions say it sleeps two adverage size people., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) at this point we also have a blowup bed on a stand. it blows up and deflates by a built in motor. it is queen size. who knows how long it will last before someone sits on it with a knife. we also have a queen size futon that is strong and will last.
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
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
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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