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Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.

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Last updated: 07/28/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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 new 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, 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 an appalosa 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 can take two people at a time on a jeep tour to my various properties. you can sign up for that when you make reservations. 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, 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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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    responsible party must be 21 years old....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    no children allowed to hike or be in hot tub without parent. children must be supervised by responsible adult at all times....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    There is no charge for pets but are subject to the owners approval. Six dogs call tarantula ranch home and they have the run of the place. Aggressive dogs will not be allowed. We cannot be responsible for your dogs safety.To avoid problems you should keep your dog near you,and it should come when called....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Detached Unit


  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • 1 bathroom with his and hers sinks,1 toilet and a shower.


  • Music Library:

    we have music by way of the satellite tv....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    yes,we have direct tv....moreless

  • Television
  • VCR


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    air conditioning is refrigerated a/c at the guest cottage and overflow room is refrigerated a/c as well....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    at ranch headquarters...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    located at ranch headquarters....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    at ranch headquarters...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    at ranch headquarters...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    two propane heaters in the guest cottage...moreless

  • Internet:

    at ranch headquarters we have a computer you can use to check your e mail if you didn't bring yours. you will also wi fi at the guest cottage. i'll give you the wi fi password when you check in....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    secure parking in our corral...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    also secure parking in our corral...moreless

  • Telephone:

    at ranch headquarters...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    located at ranch headquarters....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    at ranch headquarters and guest cottage...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    new full size gas range and refrigerator. flatware, plates,bowls,cooking utensels,microwave,blender,toaster,mixer,coffee maker,pots and pans etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    new 22cubic foot refrigerator...moreless

  • Stove:

    four burner propane stove with full size oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    we have a large observation deck next to the hot tub that hangs over the west cliff....moreless

  • Golf:

    as a member of the lajatis golf club (blackjacks crossing) i can save you about 20% off on your green fee....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    with me as a member of terlingua ranch property owners association you can go with me to the pool for free or pay $5.00 per day without me. i'm a sunworshiper and i have the skin cancer to prove it so usually i am at the pool on warm days. that usually makes the $5.00 a moot point. this pool is one of the two most beautiful pools in brewster county,texas....moreless

  • Hot Tub:

    located at ranch headquarters just up on top of the hill on the west cliff. ( for a great view of sunset and nightime star gazing not to mention listening for howeling coyotes....moreless



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we have two unique vistas on the property where you can see texas,the big bend national park and mexico.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

About the owner: 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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Breakfast with burros,hikes to great vistas right out the front door. For the golfers, i can save you about $16.00 on your green fee at blackjack crossing golf resort in lajatis.

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Speaks: english



  • southwest view from hot tub

    southwest view from hot tub

  • billy, one of our juvinel deliquents....i mean burros

    billy, one of our juvinel deliquents....i mean burros

  • kitchen


  • moonrise over tarantula ranch

    moonrise over tarantula ranch

  • cotton,THE RANCH DOG!!!

    cotton,THE RANCH DOG!!!

  • pepper and jackie

    pepper and jackie

  • ariel view taken during the drought of 2011,guest cottage is largest bldg. on rt

    ariel view taken during the drought of 2011,guest cottage is largest bldg. on rt

  • quail,native to the big bend

    quail,native to the big bend

  • more wildlife (mule deer) doe

    more wildlife (mule deer) doe

  • wild life

    wild life

  • spring time sun

    spring time sun

  • ocotillo bloom

    ocotillo bloom

  • sunrise at tarantula ranch

    sunrise at tarantula ranch

  • bedroom


  • harvest moon

    harvest moon

  • haagen and daz, twin brothers, chocolate labs,rescued from the midland,tx.pound

    haagen and daz, twin brothers, chocolate labs,rescued from the midland,tx.pound

  • HELEN KELLER(born blind & deaf) rescued  on  highway 118 in 2008

    HELEN KELLER(born blind & deaf) rescued on highway 118 in 2008

  • view from the hot tub

    view from the hot tub

  • Guest cottage on a foggy morning

    Guest cottage on a foggy morning

  • wild burros of the big bend

    wild burros of the big bend

  • sunny days

    sunny days

  • more wildlife... (hey, butterflys are wild)..

    more wildlife... (hey, butterflys are wild)..

  • summer time sun

    summer time sun

  • "there's a storm across the valley, clouds are rolling  in"...john denver

    "there's a storm across the valley, clouds are rolling in"...john denver

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