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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 free access to the pool 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
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....moreless
Chilli Cook Off Nov 5 - Nov 8, 2015 3 night min stay
Regular Nov 9 - Nov 24, 2015 2 night min stay
Thanksgiving Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2015 3 night min stay
Regular Nov 30 - Dec 18, 2015 2 night min stay
Christmas & New Years Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Pet Fee$50 + tax
Cleaning Fee$75 + tax
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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The crystal clear pool and pavilion at Terlingua Ranch Headquarters is available for your use as a guest at Huffman Pond Cabin. Average drive time is approximately 20 minutes. Drive time can vary considerably based on your speed over the dirt roads.
The Christmas Mountains Hike follow an old jeep trail to near the tops of Christmas Mountain and Little Christmas Mountain. Hike all the way to the summits or just go up and back as far as you like. Dogs are welcome on this trail. Be sure to register for the hike at the Terlingua Ranch office. No charge.
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.
Year Purchased: 1993
About: 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.
Why Terlingua: 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.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: 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.