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Spectacular Mountain Views.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

2 cabins,3 bedrooms, 2 baths,2 kitchens,satellite tv,wifi sleeps 8.

............Spectacular mountain views and great sunsets Tarantula Ranch is located over a hill about two miles from the nearest paved road. Experience life at the end of the road inside a 320 acre compound. Tarantula Ranch sharpens your scences,the wildlife,the views,the smells,peace and quiet and of course the stars. BIG BEND has some of the darkest skies in the world. In the warm months its nice to sit on the front porch and have coffee with Billy and Maggie two friendly burros who like interacting with our guests,although you may have to share (they are the worlds biggest beggars). Tarantula Ranch has two cabins.The four room cabin can sleep six and the one room cabin sleeps two( although i did have a family of two adults and three children stay there once for a week). Both cabins have real "on the grid electricity",hot showers, toilet,septic tanks that work,kitchens furnished with stove,refrigerator,hot plates,convection oven, coffee maker,microwave etc.All linens and towels are furnished.We also have wifi and direct satellite tv with hbo and showtime,propane gas heaters for winter and refrigerated air conditioning for summer. We are about ten minutes from one of the prettiest swimming pools in Brewster county, Texas. With both cabins we can sleep a party of eight(although i have had ten there a few times but someone will have to sleep on a blow-up mattress or sleeping bag on the floor.) If you are only one person traveling alone or a couple and the large cabin is rented by someone else you can rent the detached cabin as a separate party. The detached cabin has a queen size bed,kitchen,indoor shower and toilet and satellite tv. You will have to contact me regarding the availability of the detached cabin. In addition to property here at the compound Tarantula Ranch llc also has other properties in the area. One in particular is at a lower elevation (warmer) for our winter time sunworshipers. It's common to have 75 to 80 degree days there in the winter. That property also has pictographs both Indian and Spanish. I have a jeep and a 4 wheel drive suburban that i can take people on a tour to my various properties to see how people have lived in the Big Bend from 8000 years to present with a little geology thrown in. You can sign up for that when you make reservations.If you are a golfer, as a member of The Lajatas Country Club, i can save you 20% off your green fee. At the end of a day of playing in the big bend it's nice to kick back with a drink in our hot tub that sits on a cliff facing west, listening for coyotes and looking for shooting stars. We also have an observation deck that hangs out over that same western cliff that the hot tub is on. The big bend has some of the darkest skies in the world. Here at Tarantula Ranch you are an easy drive( by west Texas standards) to all the tourist attractions in the area,the national park, the state park,river rafting outfitters,horseback riding,jeep tours and the Terlingua ghosttown where good food, good drinks,good music and good times are alive and well.

Keywords: remote,spectacular vistas,friendly burros and horse will interact with you,wide open spaces, great sunrises and sunsets.Also since we have real electricity we can offer all the electric appliances you need to make your stay comfortable, refrigerated air conditioning,kitchen appliances,satellite telivision.You will NOT have to walk across a parking lot or drive miles to use the restroom and shower.We have indoor plumbing!!!~ Also we have no traffic since we are more than two miles away from the nearest paved road AND inside a compound. Oh and you don't have to sleep on the ground in a tent (unless you want to).

More Details

curt swafford
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About curt swafford

I am a native texan. I am a retired coach. On my ranch i live with four dogs, two horses ,two burros and one cat.All the animals at Tarantula Ranch at this time are rescues You will meet them all when you come to Tarantula Ranch and will learn each of their stories.

curt swafford purchased this cottage in 1996

What makes this cottage unique

Breakfast with burros,hikes to great vistas right out the front door. Hot tub on west cliff.Observation deck that hangs off west cliff. For the golfers, i can save you 20% off your green fee at Blackjack Crossing Golf Resort in Lajatas.


Terlingua Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 1 bathroom with his and hers sinks,1 toilet and a shower. The detached unit has a shower and toilet also.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1) queen size futon(1) full size bed Bed (1) full size futon(1)
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Spectacular Mountain Views.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 78 reviews

Cozy accomodations and stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with 4 adults and a 2 yr old in both cabins and had a great experience! We loved the views and Curt was a great host! We read all the reviews in advance and were not disappointed, would totally stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rustic but beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time in the area and can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio, TX

Better than camping!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our 2 night stay. The beautiful views, the amazing night sky... We knew what we were getting into, the long drive and the rustic cabin setting.... but the burros got annoying pretty quickly. We could not leave our cars near the cabin because the burros apparently beat them up. The owner was eager to help and we appreciated his recommendations as far as Big Bend was concerned. Wish the bathroom door in the small cabin would close.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I rarely write responses to traveler reviews as they have usually all been positive up until now, which leaves me with no other clever reply but a heartfelt "thank you" to 75 former guests.If there is something negative mentioned then it sounds like i'm just making excuses. But i'm going to make an exception to my rule in this case in order to defend the honor of my Jackasses(aka burros),(aka donkeys) Maggie and Billy. I would like to say that the burros did not damage these guests car nor have they ever damaged anyone's vehicles (except mine). If we take precautions, like parking your car inside a corral that is only a 30 seconds walk away from the cabins I think the pleasure, laughter,memories and photos they bring to Tarantula Ranch guests is worth this slight inconvenience.(all of my previous guests have said so) Yes we have guests park their cars in the corral along with my 1990 classic Cadillac Allante convertable sports car to keep them from scratching the paint etc. The passage that starts "We could not leave our cars near the cabin" should have read because the burros(WOULD) apparently beat them up NOT "because the burros beat them up" this makes it seem like they did damage which DID NOT HAPPEN then or ever in the past to a guest. It seems i'm being penalized for thinking ahead to prevent damage to my guests vehicles. Just the beginning of the sentence "We knew what we were getting into" speaks volumes to me about your mental attitude regarding coming to the BIG BEND in the first place. I think Maggie and Billy have been victimized by what my friends and fellow guest cabin owners here in The Big Bend, told me would eventually happen six and a half years ago when i started this business. The 1%ers finally came to Tarantula Ranch for a visit. I would suggest your next vacation should be at the Hyatt in Chicago on the corner of Wacker street and Michigan ave. but the elevator alone to the climate controlled parking garage would take more than 30 seconds. I was wondering who broke our door to the bathroom??? Had you told me about it, i could have fixed it with a bar if bath soap applied to the door jam.
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Grand Prairie

Great sunsets! Great burros! Great owner!

  • 4 of 5

Curt is such an interesting and genuine person. We really enjoyed our talks with him, and wish we would have had more time to spend doing that. His property is very accurately described. As someone said, "Not the Ritz", but it was certainly comfortable and had everything we needed. The queen bed was very comfortable. Nice big two lavatory bathroom made for easy husband and wife prep every day. Full kitchen. Wi-fi that was good enough to allow us to call family via wi-fi, since we had no cell service there. The "living room/second bedroom" had a TV with satellite service, comfortable recliner, and a couple of not-as-comfortable futons, but we didn't really come there to hang out in the cabin, so we didn't spend a whole lot of time there. We definitely enjoyed our evenings on the porch watching the sun set. We also enjoyed meeting Billy and Maggie, the two most friendly "lap burros" ever. I call them lap burros, because by the second night, it seemed they literally wanted to sit in our laps! An experience we will never forget!! We came to see Big Bend National Park and the dark skies. This location was a little more remote for that purpose than we realized, partly because of the two miles of rugged path that leads from the paved road to the cabin. From the other reviews I read, I guess I didn't realize just how rugged that path is. But don't let that deter you... If you want a place that is remote, but with all the amenities you need, this is a great place. And you will make great new friends in Curt, Billy and Maggie. Stock up at the Cottonwood grocery in Study Butte, and definitely stop and have a drink at the Starlight Theater in Terlingua. They had live music the night we were there, and the food and service was great. This place will make great memories!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice views

  • 5 of 5

Don't expect the Ritz here. But you will get amazing views ,a great host , and the freedom that cant be found in a city.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Remote, Rustic getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was amazing. It was great fun for the adventurous family. My children loved the 2 burros and a horse right outside your door. We got to see a star filled sky with a full moon, that was breath taking as well as the sunsets. Curt has so much knowledge of the area and entertained us as we learned about the area. We loved coming back to our rustic home after a rafting down the Rio Grande or hiking in the Big Bend Park. It was an adventurous trip that was made complete by our host, Curt and his cabin. We will define try stay again, if we are ever in West Texas.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We have two unique vistas on the property where you can see texas,the big bend national park and mexico.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
maintenance fee $30 + Tax
Cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates do not include taxes and fees.

Owner'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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