Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.

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Last updated: 09/26/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Before we get into how beautiful Tarantula Ranch is let me save you some money. I only do business over the phone so if you will call me instead of emailing me it will save me time( the pain in the rear computer) and you some money on your stay. My numbers are (432)371-2784 or (432)897-4433. Both numbers are land lines and both are hooked up to answering machines, however you must leave your number as i don't have caller I.D....I'm "old school". BIG NEWS!!! Tarantula Ranch has remodeled its detached unit and can now accomodate a group of 8 people starting in late August or early September of 2016. If you are only a couple and the large cabin is rented by someone else you can rent the detached cabin as a seperate party. The detached cabin has a queen size bed,kitchen,indoor shower and toilet and satellite tv. You will have to telephone me regarding the availability of the detached cabin. NOW ABOUT TARANTULA RANCH....Incredible sunrises and sunsets especially in the summer months. Living out in the wilderness sharpens your senses, the wildlife, the smells the sounds. Life at the end of the road. Comfortable and quiet accommodations in the wilderness, Tarantula Ranch is over a hill and two miles away from the nearest paved road. Swafford Road literally dead ends at the gate to our compound. The cottage(casita) is a four room facility, It has one bedroom with a full size bed the other room has a queen size futon and a full size futon. It has a full kitchen with a full size gas range and new full size refigrator. It also has a microwave, plates, flatware, coffee maker etc. The cottage has been remodled and has sautillo tile floors,custom cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, his and her sinks in the bath and the highest rated insulation in the walls and ceiling.The cottage has a porch to the west which is nice to have breakfast on during the warm months although you may have to share with two friendly burros and a horse. They are the worlds biggest beggers. Watch where you step! I'll try and have some carrots in the frig so you can give them a snack, only one carrot each as equines have a delicate digestive system. The cottage has real electricity and water from a well. We have a real septic system that works. We have 220 fenced acres and another 120 acres outside the fence line here at the compound. As a result we have several hikes to great vistas right out your front door. One of my favorites is Jack Eden Mesa. I own the highest peak on Jack Eden and it's nice to sit on top with your 360 degree view where you can see Texas, The Big Bend National Park and Mexico while eating lunch. The guest cottage sleeps six but if you have eight people in your party i have another cabin that sleeps two. It has a queen size bed, its own indoor shower & toilet. This cabin is only ten steps from the large 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 tv.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).

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    responsible party must be 25fgvbbbbbbbbbbbbbtt years old....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    no children allowed to hike or be in hot tub without parent. children must be supervised by responsible adult at all times....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    There is no charge for pets but are subject to the owners approval. Six dogs call tarantula ranch home and they have the run of the place. Aggressive dogs will not be allowed. We cannot be responsible for your dogs safety.To avoid problems you should keep your dog near you,and it should come when called....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Detached Unit


  • Queen size Beds (1) queen size futon, Double Beds (2) one is a real bed the other is a double bed futon. The instructions say it sleeps two adverage size people., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) at this point we also have a blowup bed on a stand. it blows up and deflates by a built in motor. it is queen size. who knows how long it will last before someone sits on it with a knife. we also have a queen size futon that is strong and will last....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • 1 bathroom with his and hers sinks,1 toilet and a shower.


  • Music Library:

    we have music by way of the satellite tv....moreless

  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    air conditioning is refrigerated a/c at the guest cottage and overflow cabin is refrigerated a/c as well....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    at ranch headquarters...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    located at the Terlingua ranch headquarters laundrymat,about eight miles down the road....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    at ranch headquarters...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    at ranch headquarters...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    two propane heaters in the guest cottage...moreless

  • Internet:

    at ranch headquarters we have a computer you can use to check your e mail if you didn't bring yours. you will also wi fi at the guest cottage. i'll give you the wi fi password when you check in....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    secure parking in our corral...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    also secure parking in our corral...moreless

  • Telephone:

    at ranch headquarters...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    located at the Terlingua ranch headquarters laundrymat, about eight miles down the road....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    at ranch headquarters and guest cottage...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    new full size gas range and refrigerator. flatware, plates,bowls,cooking utensels,microwave,blender,toaster,mixer,coffee maker,pots and pans etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    new 22cubic foot refrigerator...moreless

  • Stove:

    four burner propane stove with full size oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    we have a large observation deck next to the hot tub that hangs over the west cliff....moreless

  • Golf:

    as a member of the lajatis golf club (blackjacks crossing) i can save you about 20% off on your green fee....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    As a member of terlingua ranch property owners association you can go to the pool for $5.00. This pool is one of the two most beautiful pools in brewster county,texas....moreless

  • Hot Tub:

    located at ranch headquarters just up on top of the hill on the west cliff. ( for a great view of sunset and nightime star gazing not to mention listening for howeling coyotes....moreless



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3 Night Special!
Aug 15 - Feb 10, 2017
1 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Maintenance $60 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Tax Rate 13%


3 Night Special! $119 per night

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Last updated: 09/26/2016
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We have two unique vistas on the property where you can see texas,the big bend national park and mexico.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

About the owner: 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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english



  • southwest view from hot tub

    southwest view from hot tub

  • billy, one of our juvinel deliquents....i mean burros

    billy, one of our juvinel deliquents....i mean burros

  • kitchen


  • moonrise over tarantula ranch

    moonrise over tarantula ranch

  • cotton,THE RANCH DOG!!!

    cotton,THE RANCH DOG!!!

  • pepper and jackie

    pepper and jackie

  • ariel view taken during the drought of 2011,guest cottage is largest bldg. on rt

    ariel view taken during the drought of 2011,guest cottage is largest bldg. on rt

  • quail,native to the big bend

    quail,native to the big bend

  • more wildlife (mule deer) doe

    more wildlife (mule deer) doe

  • wild life

    wild life

  • spring time sun

    spring time sun

  • ocotillo bloom

    ocotillo bloom

  • sunrise at tarantula ranch

    sunrise at tarantula ranch

  • bedroom


  • harvest moon

    harvest moon

  • haagen and daz, twin brothers, chocolate labs,rescued from the midland,tx.pound

    haagen and daz, twin brothers, chocolate labs,rescued from the midland,tx.pound

  • HELEN KELLER(born blind & deaf) rescued  on  highway 118 in 2008

    HELEN KELLER(born blind & deaf) rescued on highway 118 in 2008

  • view from the hot tub

    view from the hot tub

  • Guest cottage on a foggy morning

    Guest cottage on a foggy morning

  • wild burros of the big bend

    wild burros of the big bend

  • sunny days

    sunny days

  • more wildlife... (hey, butterflys are wild)..

    more wildlife... (hey, butterflys are wild)..

  • summer time sun

    summer time sun

  • "there's a storm across the valley, clouds are rolling  in"...john denver

    "there's a storm across the valley, clouds are rolling in"...john denver

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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