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Janet Eby

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Huffman Pond Cabin - Secluded Solar Mountain Home on 88 Acres.

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Huffman Pond Cabin is without a doubt the most remote and secluded vacation rental in the Terlingua area. This is THE place to be if you truly wish to escape the trappings and stresses of “civilization”. This is NOT a typical vacation rental home. It is an off-grid home powered by solar electricity and relies on a “passive cooling” design instead of modern air conditioning.

The remote location may scare off some tourists, but true outdoorsmen and nature lovers that aren’t deterred by a rough road and lack of modern AC will be richly rewarded. Bonuses for the rugged adventurers include unparalleled seclusion, amazing views, diverse wildlife and plant life, stunning night skies, rugged hiking, a spectacular canyon, several bluffs, impressive and varied geologic features, a large private pond (currently dry due to extended drought). Guest will also enjoy access to miles upon miles of rarely traveled desert roads for driving, ATVs, biking, or walking. You will also have access to the pool (a small fee is required) at the Terlingua Ranch lodge and the Christmas Mountains hiking trail.

When you’re done exploring and enjoying the natural wonders of the Huffman Pond property and surrounding area, you can retreat into the cabin. The cabin is built with stone and steel and designed for comfort, convenience, and relaxation. The original stone cabin and the flagstone floor for the entire house was built in the 70’s. The current owner expanded the original stone cabin by adding a modern living area and kitchen on what had been the large flagstone patio.

The original stone cabin was converted into a very comfortable and spacious bedroom and bathroom. Because it is all built with thick stone and shaded by the living room addition, it remains surprisingly cool on even the hottest summer days and warm on the coldest winter days. Large windows on the south and east walls of the bedroom provide excellent views of Dynamite Bluff, Little Sombrero Peak, and panoramic desert scenery.

The modern living area was added in 2010 and features an open floor plan living room, dining and kitchen. The most impressive thing about the living area is the amazing views through the many large windows. No need for wall art here. The desert provides ever changing and inspiring beauty. Less noticed, but very important are the awning windows on the northern wall, above the stone wall of the bedroom. During the summer, these windows allow hot air to escape and create a cooling convection current when one or two lower windows are opened on the shaded sides of the house. If you’re addicted to modern AC, this is not the place for you during the summer, but most people attracted to this type of property and the Big Bend will enjoy it year round.

A little history about Huffman Pond Cabin: The original owner, Ben Huffman, started building the stone cabin in 1971. He also built a stone shed just behind the small hill beside the cabin. The stone shed was behind the hill because it was used for storing dynamite. That’s right, dynamite! The rather eccentric Mr. Huffman was determined to create a pond in the valley below the cabin. He tried, and tried, and tried to accomplish this by blowing up and collapsing the bluff at the end of the valley. His hope was that it would form a natural dam. Despite his repeated efforts, the bluff, now named “Dynamite Bluff” did not yield. He ultimately hired a bulldozer to dig out the current pond and create an earthen dam. Ben had quite a reputation in the area and could often be seen riding around the ranch roads or cross country on a small motorcycle with a rifle strapped to the handlebars and dynamite strapped behind the seat. All the dynamite has been safely removed or long since detonated. However, walk out onto “Echo Ridge” that overlooks the valley, the pond and Dynamite Bluff and you may just hear the low rumble of explosions long past. If not, just shout or clap and listen for the response.

Please call or email us with any questions about a visit the Huffman Pond Cabin.

Janet & Daryl Eby 855-224-4236.

Keywords: Cabin, casita, off grid, solar, rock house, Big Bend, mountain home, secluded

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Janet Eby (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Janet Eby

We don't own Huffman Pond Cabin, but we wish we did. Janet and I run Big Bend Vacation Rentals and manage eleven vacation rentals -all listed on VRBO. Janet takes care of all the reservations and customer inquiries. Daryl handles maintenance, websites, and facebook pages for all our properties. We both handle the cleaning and often have help from our sons, Josh and Zack and the companionship of our little dog Riley. If someone drives up to the house while you are here, it will most likely be us. If you have questions or concerns while you are here or while planning your trip, we'd be glad to help. We truly love our business and enjoy helping our guests.

Janet Eby purchased this cabin in 1993

Why Janet Eby chose Texas

We moved to Terlingua Ranch in 2004 in order the escape the rat race of the big city (Dallas). Daryl had loved this region for many years and managed to drag Janet out on a few trips. She was reluctant to leave the city but the solitude and rugged beauty of the desert and mountains finally won out. We've had some rough times since moving here, but have NEVER regretted the move. We love the land, the serenity and even the isolation. Sharing the area with visitors is our enduring pleasure. We hope to add more rentals and services in the future, but cannot imagine ever moving away.

What makes this cabin unique

Huffman Pond Cabin is our newest offering and we are very proud to manage it. We believe it will have a very special appeal for visitors that want to enjoy a more intense connection with the desert. This cabin is not for everyone, but those that like it will truly LOVE it.


based on 15 traveler reviews

Huffman Pond Cabin - Secluded Solar Mountain Home on 88 Acres.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 15 reviews

Perfect remote off the grid escape

  • 4 of 5

Hoffman Pond Cabin is a perfect off the grid cabin setup. Perched up high on the back side of a mound to catch a perfect breeze. Veiws are awesome and the night is dark for great star gazing! You do need a high clearance vehicle and if it rains it does need to be a 4X4(trust me on that one). Only thing we missed was not having was a fire ring and the ability to enjoy an open fire at night. That aside, look forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seguin (Geronimo), Texas

Remote haven

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was everything we hoped for. Isolated, comfortable, clean- and with views that awed us from morning through night. The road in is rough, but we had no problems in a Jeep Wrangler. We had everything we needed to relax, eat well and appreciate the huge view and solitude. We watched a lightning show for hours one night, and a dust storm one afternoon that formed below us and passed between the mountain ranges. The moon was bright, stars clear later in the night. The roads in were passable after rainstorms, but we waited out several deep and fast flowing run offs on Terlingua Ranch Road. One took over an hour to subside. We drove River Rd East up through Glen Springs, toured and hiked through Chisos and Maverick Road, returning each night to the cabin. Kids of all ages would have a wonderful experience staying at Huffman Pond.The beautiful rock floor might be rough on crawlers or toddlers, but they would probably be fine. Best trip ever

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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starry skies....

  • 4 of 5

What a wonderful stay we had. With the first few days being clouded, the weather was perfect for hiking and the house was cool. On the sunny day, just opening a few windows on the shady side gives a good draft and cooling breeze in the house. And the reward of a warm day with clear skies is an amazing starry sky. This never gets boring. The road from the main road to the house is quite long but beautiful. Even with young kids, the house works well.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A true getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Very lovely cabin with the essential amenities and then some! The pictures really didn't do it any justice. We initially planned on cruising into Terlingua the day we arrived but once at the cabin, decided not to leave.... it was so peaceful and beautiful. Quite the oasis. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Getaway for the Adventurous

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful time at the Huffman Pond Cabin. Definitely take note of needing a high clearance vehicle for access. The directions to the cabin were very clear and the packet of information for the entirety of the stay was extremely helpful.

The cabin is well maintained, clean, and offers incredible views of the surrounding landscape. Many utensils are provided to cook meals. A perfect getaway for a long weekend or more.

Thanks again for such a great time!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Off the beaten path and then off the beaten path some more

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to share the VRBO description on this home was well done. This home exceeded all my expectations. Admittedly, I was most nervous about snakes, scorpions, spiders particularly with my son & dog as well as what the road there might look like with a high clearance vehicle requirement. Once you hit the unpaved portion, you will soon hit an even more unpaved road for a couple of more miles before reaching the house. It in itself was an adventure. Let that encourage was fun (& dusty!). As soon as we arrived & opened the front door, it was clear how clean, organized & well taken care of this home is. Jan was a good time to visit...we didn't see any snakes or scorpions (city girl YAY). The directions to the home, maintaining, leaving - everything was very organized. Thank you! Big Bend NP was awesome...we loved it. Beautiful weather & views.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Nearest Airport
230 Miles
Midland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
33 Miles
High Sierra Bar and Grill
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Texas State Highway 118
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Bad Rabbitt Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Intersection: Terlingua Ranch Rd & Church Rd.
Nearest Point of Interest
Terlingua Ranch Pool
Nearest Point of Interest
Interection:118 & Terlingua Ranch Road
Nearest Point of Interest
Intersection: Church Rd & Huffman Road East.
Nearest Point of Interest
Unmarked Road.
Nearest Point of Interest
Western 44
Nearest Point of Interest
Terlingua Ranch Office
Nearest Point of Interest
Bad Rabbit Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Christmas Mountains Hike Trailhead
Nearest Point of Interest
Road Splits

Just a short drive from Terlingua Ranch headquarters where you have access to a pool, private aviation airstrip, the Bad Rabbit cafe and the Christmas Mountains trail head through the remote, pristine, and rarely visited Christmas Mountains.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 2 2016
2 night minimum stay
Chilli Cook Off
Nov 3 2016 - Nov 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 7 2016 - Nov 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Years
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 4 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 3 2017 - Mar 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mar 20 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

If you cancel before 30 days of your stay then we will refund 100% minus a $50 cancellation fee and any Paypal fees. If you cancel within 30 days of your stay then a refund will depend on if we are able to re-rent that time.

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Texas Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) High quality full sized futon in the living room.
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Hiking, birding, herping, exploring and more on 88 acres of private land in the rugged Chihuahua Desert. Rugged terrain ranges from pond, valleys, arroyos, bluffs, canyons, and wide variety geologic features. The pond is dry right now due to a record drought. This is VERY unusual and we hope it will refill again soon.

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