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LTM Ranch ~ Historic House on Remote Scenic Hilltop Near Big Bend Nat'l Park.

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Last updated: 11/17/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Total Seclusion, Amazing Views, 2 Bedrooms, Game Room, Stone Patios & Courtyard

LTM Ranch has been lovingly maintained and improved through the years. The hacienda style stone and wood work create a comfortable, spacious, and beautiful home. This scenic home is situated in the rugged North Corazones region of Terlingua Ranch. Inside, you’ll enjoy all the comforts of a custom home. Outside, you’ll be surrounded by some of the best scenery and most diverse plant and wildlife that the Chihuahuan Desert has to offer.

Rock House: The house reflects the starkness and surprising diversity of the landscapes, flora, and fauna of the region. A modern kitchen, comfortable beds, spacious living areas, large game room with a chess game and darts, full pressure well water, flushing toilets, grid electricity, satellite radio and NO TV are among the many features of this unique vacation home. There is 24/7 free wi-fi at the Terlingua Ranch lodge/HQ not far from the house, while most area restaurants, bars, and other retail establishments offer free wi-fi. The LTM Ranch is for those who like the idea of a few days without the demands imposed by continuous connectivity to the internet.

Picture Windows: Large picture windows and doors allow you to enjoy your time in the Big Bend from the comforts of home. A visiting German artist observed that 'the desert appears to come inside'. Birds and other wildlife, not to mention the scenic views, may be observed from the communal rooms. The game room has a hide-type window for watching birds visiting the patio feeder and water troughs.

Patios & Porches: Sitting outside couldn't be easier! Thanks to porches on the south and west, an east-facing courtyard, and overhanging roofs, there is always somewhere in the shade. These locations all have a view, and usually a cooling breeze. The natural sounds and silence of the desert can be appreciated in full.

Wildlife: A stock tank is maintained year-round for native wildlife. Located just a hundred feet from the house, it provides water for a wide range of desert wildlife. Guests are almost certain to see deer and javalina coming in to drink. Rarer visitors, such as badgers, bobcats, and coyotes are seen from time to time. Jack rabbits and other smaller animals are frequently seen. Our strict no hunting policy is enforced to protect the native wildlife.

Scenic Views: The hilltop location provides panoramic views into Big Bend National Park and beyond. Persimmon Gap, Rosillos Mountains, Sierra del Carmen, Grapevine Hills, Chisos Mountains, Christmas Mountains, Corazones Peaks, Jack Eden Mesa, Nine Point Mesa and Santiago Peak form the skyline.

Star-gazing: Stars are usually visible down to the horizon in all directions. Light pollution is virtually non-existent. The Big Bend region is well known for having the darkest skies in the continental US. LTM Ranch provides a near perfect setting for enjoying America’s most amazing celestial views. Step out at night and look up. That’s all it will take to fully understand how the “Milky Way” earned its name. Visitors from more “civilized” areas often mistake the shimmering path of the Milky Way for high clouds or mists glowing in the night sky.

Bird Watching: The spring migration is the busiest time for birding in the Bend. One year forty-five species were observed at LTM Ranch in a two-week period. Another year, twenty-nine species were recorded over two weeks during the fall migration. At all times, the stock tank ensures resident birds are never far away. Birds can also be encouraged onto the patio by filling the water troughs and bird feeder. Turkey vultures often visit several times a day. Watching them ride the thermals or approach and land when there's a strong wind is simply fascinating.

Sunsets: Starting around two hours before sunset, the changes in the light are often dramatic. Often a particular mountain range or other feature is illuminated as if in a spotlight for a few minutes then returns to relative darkness when the 'spotlight' shines elsewhere. If a few clouds are present, a kaleidoscope of colors occur as the sun sets. The owner refers to this daily spectacle as 'The Light Show'. It can last over four hours and is different from minute to minute and day to day.

Big Bend National Park and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area: The 'back' entrance to the national park is just a couple of miles away. From there it's fifteen miles to the paved road between Persimmon Gap and BBNP Headquarters. Black Gap WMA is a largely undiscovered gem of remote and rugged scenery, and the Hallie Stillwell Museum a one-of-a-kind look into the past.

Nearby Hikes: Having driven many miles to reach the ranch, guests can walk out to the desert from the doorstep. LTM Ranch provides boundless diversity without ever leaving the property. The house sits at over 3300 feet above sea level, so a stroll down the driveway to the gate and back (round trip 0.5 miles) is a good workout for those used to lower elevations. Ranch roads around the property create many options for scenic walks or drives. The Christmas Mountains hiking trail just is a short drive away. A hike or drive up the jeep trail to the top provides breathtaking views. Located on protected state land, hiking or vehicle access into the Christmas Mountains is available by signing in at the Terlingua Ranch Lodge. There are rarely more than a few hikers per day in this vast desert wilderness and only one vehicle at a time is allowed on the road to the top. Vehicle access requires a refundable deposit. Be sure to inquire about road conditions. It is generally drivable with a 2WD truck, but conditions vary wildly based on recent rains.

Terlingua Ranch Facilities: It is only 8 miles to ranch headquarters. The Bad Rabbit Cafe is typically open 6:30am to 9:00pm, 6:00pm on Sundays. The crystal clear swimming pool and showers provide a welcome oasis. A laundry room, high speed WiFi, gift shop, and airstrip are also available.
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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/17/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    At least one person in the party must be 21 or older....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children welcomed with appropriate adult supervision....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking outside only. Please pick up butts....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    House trained dogs are welcome. A pet fee will apply....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • Game Room:

    Large game room with a pool table, darts, games, stereo, and more....moreless

  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo


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


  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    At the Terlingua Ranch Lodge just 9 miles...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 19 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 28 - Dec 18, 2016
3 night min stay
Christmas 2016 & NewYears 2017
Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2017
3 night min stay
Jan - Feb
Jan 4 - Feb 27, 2017
3 night min stay
Early Spring
Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2017
3 night min stay
Spring Break
Mar 4 - Mar 19, 2017
3 night min stay
Mar 20 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Regular Season
May 1 - May 25, 2017
3 night min stay
Memorial 2017
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Regular Season
May 30 - Jun 1, 2017
3 night min stay
Summer Season
Jun 2 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
July 4 2017
Jul 1 - Jul 5, 2017
3 night min stay
Summer Season
Jul 6 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Regular Season
Sep 5 - Nov 1, 2017
3 night min stay
Chili Cook-Off 2017
Nov 2 - Nov 5, 2017
3 night min stay
Regular Season
Nov 6 - Nov 17, 2017
3 night min stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 - Nov 26, 2017
3 night min stay
Regular Season
Nov 27 - Dec 19, 2017
3 night min stay
Christmas 2017 & NY 2018
Dec 20 - Jan 4, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $99 + tax
  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13%


Cancellation Policy: If you cancel before 30 days of your stay, we will refund 100% minus a $50 cancellation fee and any Paypal fees. If you cancel withing 30 days of the stay a refund will depend on us being able to re-rent that time.


The owner may be present during your visit. If the owners will be present during your visit we will notify you as soon as we can. There is a separate apartment that has a separate entrance and they will not need access to the main house. They will make themselves scarce while you are there as far as possible and will work with you on this.

Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking

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Last updated: 11/17/2016
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230 Miles
Nearest Airport
Midland International Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
Black Jack's Crossing in Lajitas
75 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 118
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Bad Rabbit Cafe

Car: Necessary

Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, Terlingua Ghost-town, Terlingua Ranch Lodge and pool, Christmas Mountains Reserve.

THE OWNER MAY BE ON SITE during the year. He has a small apartment that is separate from the house. His entrance is through the garage which is attached to the house. When he is there he will make himself scarce - if that is what you want. We will let you know when he plans to be there as soon as we know.


Manager info

Big Bend Vacation Rentals

Year Purchased: 2000

About: We don't own LTM Ranch, but we wish we did. Janet and I run Big Bend Vacation Rentals and manage several vacation rentals -all listed on VRBO. Janet takes care of all the reservations and customer inquiries. Daryl handles maintenance, websites, and facebook pages for all our properties. We both handle the cleaning and often have help from our sons, Josh and Zack. If someone drives up to the house while you are here, it will most likely be us. If you have questions or concerns while you are here or while planning your trip, we'd be glad to help. We truly love our business and enjoy helping our guests.

Why Terlingua, TX, USA:
LTM Ranch is simply amazing, inside and out. The rock house, the property, the views. They are all much more than can be describe. You'll have to check it out for yourself.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The large game room with various games, pool table, darts, and a stereo system is the social hub of the house. The large sun room has huge picture windows overlooking the southern patio and bird feeder. Birdwatchers will stay busy recording several species. The views are simply spectacular in all directions.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/17/2016

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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