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Crystal Valley - Modern Rustic Home - Convenient And Secluded

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5

Crystal Valley Cabin on Terlingua Ranch is the ideal home base for your visit to the Big Bend Region. Modern rustic design will set the perfect tone for your Big Bend adventure. The convenient location and easy access will allow you to focus on your vacation instead of stressing about vehicle access or long drives down questionable roads. The surprising seclusion will provide ample privacy and solitude. But, let’s not kid ourselves, the best thing about Crystal Valley Cabin is the chance to take a bath in an antique clawfoot tub under the Texas night sky. Do you really even need to read the rest of this property description?

Still reading? Okay, some more details would help. Besides, there’s much more that we want brag about. After soaking in the tub while watching meteors fall, satellites fly overhead, and the Milky Way shine, you’ll probably want to relax around the campfire with a refreshing beverage, maybe even a sausage on a stick, or better yet, some s’mores. Whatever you eat and drink around the fire ring, will go well with campfire stories, some songs, or whatever else you want to do. Nobody is watching. It’s just you and your partner, or family and friends, under a starry Texas sky. You’re probably ready to stop reading now and just book your stay already. Fine with us, but we really should tell you a bit more.

The ramada (no, not the cookie-cutter-hotel-chain, but a freestanding shade structure) beside the outdoor tub (did we mention the outdoor tub?), is the perfect spot to enjoy the cooling breezes on sunny afternoons, or to share a meal while admiring the mountain views. There’s also an outdoor shower and sink there, just in case you want to clean up while someone else hogs the tub. The porches at Crystal Valley Cabin are also great places to relax in the shade while catching a breeze and marveling at the views.

Eventually, you may want to come inside. We recommend it anyway. You don’t have to and we won’t blame you if spend all your time outside. However, the bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, and living room are pretty darn great, and useful - if you’re into that sort of thing. The master bedroom has a really comfortable queen bed with high quality linens and a bedframe that was hand built from a persimmon tree. The bedroom windows have a stunning view of East Corazón Peak. The second bedroom, with a view of Jack Eden Mesa, has a wood-framed bunkbed with a full bed on the bottom and twin bed on the top. The bathroom has a spacious tile shower (for those that prefer bathing inside). The large kitchen has ample counter and cabinet space, glass top electric range and oven, microwave, coffee maker, large fridge, bar counter, and a large picture window with a fantastic view of Jack Eden Mesa and crystal valley. The living room ties it all together with large leather easy chairs, a leather sofa, large ceiling fans, and a breathtaking views of East Corazón Peak. There is even a branch from the property owner’s Madrone Tree hanging on the wall -just because it’s cool. If you need a place where you can focus on a little work (yeah right!), do some writing, or just get online without too many distractions, there is built in desk in the corner of the living room. Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the home and on the porches.

Of course, after bathing under the stars, telling stories by the campfire, sleeping in the comfy beds, and relaxing in the living room, then logging onto social media to share your fun with all your friends, you might want to check out some of the amazing things to see and do in the area. Terlingua Ranch Lodge, just ten minutes away has a great pool plus the Bad Rabbit Café for great food, cold drinks, and frequent live music. The lodge office is also the place to register if you want to explore the Christmas Mountain conservation area. Terlingua and the western entrance to Big Bend National Park is a short 35-minute drive away. Adventure outfitters located in Terlingua offer river trips, horseback riding, jeep tours, ATV adventures, Jeep rentals, guided hikes, and mountain bike rentals. The famous Terlingua Ghost Town is just 40 minutes away. Both the Ghost Town and the Terlingua/Study Butte area offer shopping, dining, drinking, live music, art galleries, and more. Heading another 15 minutes west from Terlingua will take you to Lajitas for more upscale dining options, a few great shops, and the chance to meet Clay Henry, the beer drinking goat that happens to be the mayor. Big Bend Ranch State Park (the national park’s wild and rugged cousin) is right there as well. Stop in at the Barton Warnock center just before you get to Lajitas for an overview of the park, museum, and a terrific book shop. Alpine, Fort Davis, Marfa, and the McDonald Observatory are also within easy day trip range.

Come on down. Soak in our tub under the stars. Enjoy the Big Bend. Do as much or as little as you like. You’ll have a memorable time and will likely start planning your return trip before you even leave. That’s great. We’ll love to have come back over and over. In fact, that’s how the owners of Crystal Valley Cabin became the owners. They came out here so often and enjoyed staying at other Big Bend Vacation Rental properties so much that they eventually decide to buy and remodel their own. They were very deliberate and considerate in incorporating all the thing they enjoyed the most at other rentals, plus adding extra touches to create the ultimate Big Bend vacation home base. Now, they’re eager to share it all with you.

More Details

Property Manager
Janet Eby
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018


Alpine House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Second Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Television ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
There is an additional fee of $15 per person per night for more than two people. The maximum of people at the house is five.


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Crystal Valley - Modern Rustic Home - Convenient And Secluded
average rating of 4.736842 based on 19 reviews
Dallas, TX

Perfect base camp for Big Bend adventures!

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect place if you're looking for a great jumping-off point for adventure, but don't feel like camping. The house slept our crew of five very comfortably and was a great place to come "home" to after a long day mountain biking in Big Bend Ranch State Park and hiking in the National Park.

Sitting around a fire, enjoying a cold one and star-gazing was a great way to rest the legs for the next day and the huge kitchen was great for prepping meals for everyone. If you're looking for all the comforts of home, but still want to be out in the middle of nowhere, I would highly recommend this spot!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Better than the photos!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great property.

  • 4 of 5

Pretty far out of town. Great little house with everything you need! Would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Getaway with Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect for a (two) couples trip to Big Bend. The house is situated in a quiet area with beautiful views of the Christmas Mountains and surrounding landscape. We enjoyed the open floor plan and natural light. The kitchen had all the tools we needed to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Both bedrooms were clean, and the beds were comfortable. Our favorite part of the house was the fire pit, which was steps from the front door. We made a fire and enjoyed some smores and stargazing every night. I would highly recommend this place and would return here on my next trip to Big Bend!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable. Loved the view. Comfortable sleeping. Plenty of linens.

  • 4 of 5

Properly maintained. Firewood for fire. Enjoyed outdoor tub. Stars are amazing. Observedherd deer and jack rabbit out window.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Overall best stay ever in Big Bend area. Cabin is exceptionally well stocked, well maintained and in a lovely quiet setting. All stars at night. Most comfortable bed. Beautiful. Excellent stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Terlingua Ranch Airport
Nearest Barpub
26 Miles
La Kiva Bar & Grill
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Bad Rabbit Cafe
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $85 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Our cancellation policy is if you cancel before 30 days of your stay, then we will refund 100% minus a $50 cancellation fee and any processing fees. If you cancel within 30 days of your stay, then a refund will depend on us being able to re-rent that time. This supersedes the cancellation policy that VRBO has on it's drop down box.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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