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Terlingua Ranch Retreat-Stunning 360 Views, Solitude, Comfort

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Absolute solitude in a stunning setting, near Big Bend National Park.

Off-grid vacation home on Terlingua Ranch.

This cozy one bedroom vacation retreat located on 90 acres offers unparalleled 360 degree views, quiet, and comfort in a remote setting. No nearby lights to interrupt the starlit sky of the Big Bend. Sleeps two people in upstairs bedroom queen, plus a twin/daybed with a high-density foam mattress and an inflatable mattress (maximum 3 people due to composting toilet capacity). The nearest house is nearly a mile away. You can go weeks without a car passing by.

House is light and modern, with bamboo floors, tile, and modern ceiling fans. The retreat is oriented so that at any time of the day, one of the two porches is in the shade. One is screened and the other open.

This is a great vacation rental. An escape from everyday life with a beautiful view of Nine Point Mesa to the north, Jack Eden Mesa to the northeast and Corazones Peaks to the south. The property is true to its desert climate, with dozens of species of cacti, along with ocotillo, yucca, and many varieties of prickly pear, strawberry pitaya, and rainbow cactus in abundance. In addition, bluebonnets, the Texas state flower, and resurrection ferns are found on the 90 acres. The property provides ample opportunities for watching birds and wildlife. We see foxes and deer regularly, and at night frequently hear coyotes howling in the distance.

To explore West Texas, the house is 30 miles from the Big Bend National Park gate; 23 miles to Study Butte/Terlingua ghost town and 35 miles to the famed Lajitas Resort.

PLEASE NOTE: The house is located three-quarter mile along a dirt road from the main ranch paved road, and the dirt road takes you over a rise so that traffic on the paved road is not visible or audible. All vehicles can make the short trip (but as always in this part of the world, have a spare tire just in case). The property's solar and wind energy powers the lights, fans, appliances, and the radio/CD player, while propane gas powers the stove, wall heaters and hot water heater. The composting toilet (Envirolet) is modern and odorless -- not the primitive drop toilet you may know from national or state parks.

We do have a very quiet gas-powered generator for window air conditioners in the hottest months. Thank you for understanding that there is a burn moratorium in Terlingua Ranch, and no campfires are allowed due to dry climate fire danger and fragility of desert vegetation. Finally, the stairs to the upstairs bedroom are slightly steeper than normal and may not be the best for those who have difficulty managing stairs.

Visit the website at TRRetreat com for more photos and information. THESE PRICES SUPERCEDE PRICES ON OUR WEBSITE.

Keywords: Terlingua, Terlingua Ranch, Solar, Eco-friendly, secluded, private, remote, mountain views, Big Bend

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 traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018


Terlingua 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: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1) Comfy Tempur-Pedica mattress., Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • whitewater rafting
Indoor bathroom has a shower, but there is also a hot/cold outdoor shower with N views.


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Terlingua Ranch Retreat-Stunning 360 Views, Solitude, Comfort
average rating of 4.9036145 based on 83 reviews
Houston, TX

Charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for letting us stay during our recent visit to Big Bend. Wow! What a charming place. Everything was in order when we checked in. There were enough linens and kitchenware. There were also lot of interesting books and games about astronomy and big bend. The house is on a hillock and has amazing view all around. We had great time sitting in the porch stargazing.

We will definitely be visiting again.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Just what we were looking for!

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Beautiful cabin & views!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our experience at Terlingua Ranch Retreat! Tranquil & beautiful views!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable stay @ TRR!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views & great location

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Fort Worth, Texas

Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

Great property with an amazing view of the stars and Milky Way! The house has pretty much everything you need - just bring your food but there are plenty of condiments and kitchen supplies. There is also plenty of drinking water supplied in Sparklett’s type jugs. The upstairs bed is a TempurPedic and is very comfortable. House is very well ventilated, we only needed to run the AC a couple of times for a very short time during our stay. The drive to Big Bend is not bad at all and Terlingua is even closer. We went to the McDonald Observatory one night for a Star Party and it was well worth the money and drive. We were lucky enough to get to see several planets (including Saturn), stars and a galaxy through the telescopes. There are quite a few bugs and critters in the area. We didn't have too much of an issue other than a pretty large spider that was in the grill when we went back to remove the foil we had cooked on. It gave us quite a good scare but it didn't harm us. The toilet is a unique experience, it flushes much like an airplane toilet. Also, the water temperature is impossible to control in the shower. You either get very hot water or freezing cold; we could not figure out a way to get a nice warm temperature on the water. Be sure to bring your passport as there is a border crossing within Big Bend National Park. It is a fun experience and felt very safe. We had great food and bought some unique souvenirs. The rock road leading up the house is definitely not car friendly, we had an SUV and were very happy we did. Overall it was a great experience and we can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
230 Miles
Midland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
30 Miles
High Sierra Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
41 Miles
Black Jack's Crossing in Lajitas
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Texas State Highway 118
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Bad Rabbitt Cafe

Please note lists below of activities and amenities. But must stress wonderful hiking in Big Bend N.P. Also please note that stairs up to bedroom are somewhat steep and shallow. They have sturdy railings and non-skid runner and should be fine for most everyone. NO HUNTING OR TARGET PRACTICE.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $75 + 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.

Rates are subject to change until payment has been received.

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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