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Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.

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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". BIG NEWS!!! Tarantula Ranch has remodeled its detached unit and can now accommodate a group of 8 people. It is now open for guests. If you are only a couple and the large cabin is rented by someone else you can rent the detached cabin as a separate party. The detached cabin has a queen size bed,kitchen,indoor shower and toilet and satellite tv. You will have to telephone me regarding the availability of the detached cabin. 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 refrigerator. It also has a microwave, plates, flatware, coffee maker etc. The cottage has been remodeled 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 beggars. 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 six but if you have eight people in your party i have another cabin that sleeps two. It has a queen size bed, its own indoor shower & toilet. This cabin is only ten steps from the large cabin. 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.Also since we have real electricity we can offer all the electric appliances you need to make your stay comfortable, refrigerated air conditioning,kitchen appliances,satellite telivision.You will NOT have to walk across a parking lot or drive miles to use the restroom and shower.We have indoor plumbing!!!~ Also we have no traffic since we are more than two miles away from the nearest paved road AND inside a compound. Oh and you don't have to sleep on the ground in a tent (unless you want to).

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

curt swafford
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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About curt swafford

I am a native texan. I am a retired coach. On my ranch i live with four dogs, two horses ,two burros and one cat.All the animals at Tarantula Ranch at this time 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.


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Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.
average rating of 4.880597 based on 67 reviews
Missouri City, Texas

The desert and the big sky.

  • 5 of 5

Tarantula Ranch provided an amazing backdrop for a great family adventure in Big Bend National Park. Fantastic panoramic views, in an isolated, quiet, peaceful and calm setting. A rustic slice of desert overseen by an incredibly gracious and accommodating host with a love of animals and a tale to tell for every occasion.

Clear dark skys at night and regular visits from Maggie and Billy, (resident donkeys) and Curt (the owner), provided the topics for conversation and observation.

We started planning our return visit before our time at the ranch was over.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic and Rurual

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful piece of property in Big Bend close to the national park. Kurt was a wonderful host, very friendly and very knowledgeable on anything you need to know about the area. The cabin was definitely rustic but had everything you would need and Kurt was always helpful. It is not a five star hotel so if that is what you are looking for as a previous poster said you might go elsewhere. Beware Arachnophobic's!!! You might want to think twice if you are... we had several spider visitors at night. The property is peaceful and serene. I was there to photograph the Milky Way and was able to get fantastic shots from his property. The night sky is incredible. There is spotty cell service. We have Verizon and would occasionally get one bar but it was unusual. The road to the cabin can be traveled with a regular car but it's definitely better if you have a high clearance vehicle. Without high clearance it's slow going on the road to the cabin and can take as much as a 20 minutes to get to the main road.

This is a wonderful place if you are looking to get away from it all and Kurt was a wonderful gracious host. My husband said he wished he had a whole day just to spend talking to Kurt. We hope to return sometime soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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El Paso Tx

Amazing relaxing 24 hours!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, parents and I spent a day and night at Tarantula Ranch. We loved the sareen and relaxed environment. Unfortunately we could not stay longer because we did not have internt access and I was going to be working on a work project away from civilization. But next time I will definitely leave all my work obligations at home and embrace the amazing Tarantula Ranch experience. The owner is a delight and very hospital!

He is very insightful on the history of Tarantula Ranch. He will go out of his way to make yor experience memorable. We are looking forward to getting back for an intire week. You definitely won't regred it. 😀

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kokomo, Indiana

Rugged, Texas Adventure

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for a great West Texas adventure, this is the place for you. If you are looking for a resort type feel to your lodging, this is not the place for you. We chose this place because of its proximity to Big Bend and because of the solitude and amazing views that we read about in the description and other reviews. The views did not disappoint! Curt recommended some great hikes in Big Bend. If you do not like animals then I should warn you that you do have to park your vehicle in the corral so the burrows do not damage your mirrors but it was not a big deal. Curt does that to protect your vehicle. We enjoyed the rustic feel of the cabin but one night we had a few critters join us in our cabin. But as Curt says everything in the desert is either starving to death, dying of thirst, or both. The cabin is very remote which we enjoyed and the drive into the park, although it took an hour to the entrance of the park, was beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
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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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Terlingua Cottage Rental Rates

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Aug 15 2015 - Feb 10 2017
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Property Maintenance $60 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 13.0%

3 Night Special! $119 per night
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Terlingua 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
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • 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
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 bathroom with his and hers sinks,1 toilet and a shower. The detached unit has a shower and toilet also.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) queen size futon(1) full size bed Bed (1) full size futon(1)
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • 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 ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
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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