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Recent Big Bend Country reviews

  • THIS HOUSE IS A GEM!

    "This house has it all. It is a perfect blend of old and new--a house with a marvelous history and many original furnishings, but combined with all the comforts of modern living. There are lovely wooden floors and stone walls (love the stone in the master bath!); extra comfy king beds with beautiful quilts in rooms decorated with the original furniture; two baths with plenty of luxurious towels; a well stocked kitchen with very up-to-date appliances including stove, dishwasher and washer/drier; Wi-Fi and DvD player; a backyard; and a perfect setting that is private and peaceful but just steps away from the storefronts of picturesque Marathon. We love that part of Texas, and we can't wait to come back to the McGonagill House."
    Guest: Ruth L. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: January 21, 2015
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  • Let's go again!

    "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 2014 Review Submitted: November 19, 2014
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  • Cute space, excellent amenities

    "We were originally only scheduled to stay two days in the Marfa Guest House and actually extended it to FOUR! This place is so cute - from the claw foot bathtub, built-in shelving, comfy bed, and Marfa-specific DVDs. We will definitely be recommending the house to anyone headed to West Texas."
    Guest: Shannon M. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 29, 2014
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  • Great place for family gathering

    "We had a family reunion at this property in July 2014. It was an ideal place for such an event. The photos in the listing do not do it justice--it's a beautiful, large property, and the optional additional apartment in the back is wonderful too. Highly recommended!"
    Guest: Stephen M. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 31, 2014
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Big Bend Country Travel Tips

Experience Natural Beauty at Big Bend Country Vacation Rentals

Big Bend Country sounds like something out of a western novel. In truth, what you'll find there is probably not far from your imagination. Located in the remote southwestern part of Texas, it is so named because it is the territory surrounding a vast curve in the Rio Grande River. There are two states and national parks, offering outdoor recreation activities. In total, the region covers more than a million acres of public land. It's the perfect place to escape to from busy city life and enjoy the beauty of nature. Outdoor enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice deciding which activities to do on a daily basis.

Getting to Big Bend Country

The primary way to access Bid Bend Country is by road. Even then, it's a lengthy drive and you need to know where you are going. The two main towns are Alpine and Marathon which can be reached off interstate routes 10 or 20 and then by following Highway 385 to Marathon or Highway 67 to Alpine. The nearest commercial airports are either Midland, which is a three-hour drive from Marathon or El Paso which is a four-hour drive from Alpine. Because the distances are vast and there is no public transportation system, you will need a vehicle to get around. If not travelling to Big Bend Country lodging in your own vehicle, you can hire a car from either of the commercial airports on arrival. An alternative to flying is to travel across the state by train to Alpine. The Sunset Limited Amtrak train stops in Alpine three times a week from each direction. It's a great way to start off a leisurely vacation and the train route takes you through some spectacular scenery en route. Once in Alpine, you will need to hire a car to get to Big Bend Country.

Things to do Near Big Bend Country Vacation Homes

There is no better way to explore the region than by the age-old tradition of horseback riding. Excursions and tours range from an hour to several days and take you exploring the natural wonders of the area. If you are an avid rider and have your own horse, stable facilities are available. Most often the stable owners will also be able to point you in the direction of the best trails and provide a guiding service if required.

You may want to join an organized vehicle tour that takes you to remote and incredibly beautiful places in Big Bend Country. The experience is enhanced by the guide's expert knowledge on the geological and cultural history of the region.

There are numerous hiking trails in Big Bend Country. Most are well marked and if you are an experienced hiker, you will be able to follow the routes with ease. Guide books and maps are available and recommended if heading out on your own. If you are uncertain of the territory, you can arrange to hire a guide who will ensure you have a memorable hiking experience.

Adventurous bikers will love exploring the desert trails in Big Bend Country. You can have a guide show you around or you can get your hands on a guide book and make up your own adventure as you go along. Big Bend Country National Park has more than 400 different bird species, making it a birdwatcher's paradise. Explore on foot or in your vehicle and you should be rewarded with excellent sightings.

Country Living in Big Bend Country

In Big Bend Country, vacation rentals range from comfortable cabins to expansive ranch houses. Most can accommodate small groups or large families. Big Bend Country is the type of place that you want your own space and to be able to come and go as you please. Having a rental home to stay in provides that level of freedom and flexibility.

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