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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation
"If you have a peripatetic spirit filled with curiosity and optimism, Hillcrest Lodge is your gateway to the wild and beautiful Trans Pecos area of Texas. You’re smack-dab equidistant from historical attractions in all directions. Visit the Val Verde winery in Del Rio, the remote rivers of the desert, and the astounding, utterly breathtaking petroglyphs from the prehistoric past that cover the canyon walls.
Frank is an interesting, wonderful host, and his clean, well-stocked and spacious Lodge provides all you’ll need for a relaxing stay. The Texas Parks and Wildlife visitor center is just across the highway down the hill!
Imagine…A yard full of wildlife under the feeder, beyond which are panoramic views of Lake Amistad out the front door and the ever-changing light and shadows on the mountains in Mexico out the back door. Mother Nature presents a different show with every unworldly sunset! I was reminded of T.S. Eliot’s line from The Wasteland. “I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the bottom of silent seas.” Tranquility, silence and perfect peace."
Guest: Jan C.Date of Stay: November 2014Review Submitted: November 19, 2014
"My husband and I stayed at Tarantula Ranch for 4 nights in May 2015, as part of a week-long West Texas adventure to celebrate our anniversary. This was our first time planning an escape to the middle of the solitary desert, and we found solace in having an “expert” just a walkie-talkie call away! We spent our mornings taking in the amazingly beautiful views from the porch, with greetings from our new burro and horse friends (icing on the cake to our ranch experience). We would then head off to Big Bend National Park for the day, returning most nights just in time to catch the sunset. We enjoyed talking with Curt and learning of his life of adventure in Terlingua. One night, he was so kind and made us margaritas to indulge in as we watched the lightening storm from far away on his deck (this was in addition to the pitcher of margaritas and seasoned popcorn we were greeted with upon our arrival- a truly welcoming touch). By the way, that lightening storm never reached us, and we recommend taking an evening soak in the hot tub, where we found ourselves staring into a whole new world of beautiful clear sky!
A couple tips: 1) There is a full grocery store available in Alpine that we stopped at for a few last minute refrigerated foods that we planned to have for our vacation. However if you do forget anything on your drive in, have no fear- there is a “Country store" located about a 10 mile drive from Tarantula Ranch; just be sure to plan your visit there around its hours of operation. 2) Another tip: we enjoyed remaining unplugged for the majority of our stay but did desire the ability to have Wi-Fi available to check in with family and send out an occasional e-mail. We found that we got the best phone signal right outside of Curt’s home for this.
If you are looking for a vacation with a ton of character and have a bit of an adventurous side to you, this is the place for you!"
Guest: Anita P.Date of Stay: May 2015Review Submitted: June 4, 2015
"This place was exactly what we needed - a base camp for our motorcycle adventures with plenty of room for truck & trailer. We loved the history of the home and all the antiques. The beds were very comfortable and hard to leave. Janet was wonderful to help us out with suggestions and answering all our questions. Definitely a great place to stay."
Guest: Angelique D.Date of Stay: March 2015Review Submitted: April 13, 2015