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

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Last updated: 04/11/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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. A high clearance vehicle is recommended to get to and from the LTM Ranch.

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 wi-fi at LTM Ranch.

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 a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • 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

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Game Room:

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

  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo

Theme

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

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
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

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

Kitchen

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

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

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

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring
Mar 20 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$229
$1,379
Regular Season
May 1 - May 25, 2017
3 night min stay
$217
$1,309
Memorial 2017
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
$256
Regular Season
May 30 - Jun 1, 2017
3 night min stay
$217
Summer Season
Jun 2 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$194
$1,169
July 4 2017
Jul 1 - Jul 5, 2017
3 night min stay
$217
Summer Season
Jul 6 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$194
$1,169
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
$256
Regular Season
Sep 5 - Nov 1, 2017
3 night min stay
$217
$1,309
Chili Cook-Off 2017
Nov 2 - Nov 5, 2017
3 night min stay
$256
Regular Season
Nov 6 - Nov 16, 2017
3 night min stay
$217
$1,309
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 17 - Nov 26, 2017
3 night min stay
$256
$1,539
Regular Season
Nov 27 - Dec 19, 2017
3 night min stay
$217
$1,309
Christmas 2017 & NY 2018
Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2018
3 night min stay
$256
$1,539
Regular Rates 2018
Jan 4 - Jan 11, 2018
2 night min stay
$227
$1,369
Race 2018
Jan 12 - Jan 14, 2018
3 night min stay
$237
Regular 2018
Jan 15 - Feb 14, 2018
2 night min stay
$227
$1,369
Bike Fest 2018
Feb 15 - Feb 18, 2018
3 night min stay
$237
Regular 2018
Feb 19 - Feb 28, 2018
2 night min stay
$227
$1,369
Spring Break 2018
Mar 1 - Mar 18, 2018
3 night min stay
$266
$1,599
Spring 2018
Mar 19 - Apr 30, 2018
2 night min stay
$256
$1,539
Regular Rates 2018
May 1 - May 24, 2018
2 night min stay
$227
$1,369
Memorial 2018
May 25 - May 28, 2018
3 night min stay
$266
Regular 2018
May 29 - May 31, 2018
2 night min stay
$227
$1,369
Summer 2018
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2018
2 night min stay
$204
$1,299
4th of July 2018
Jul 1 - Jul 5, 2018
3 night min stay
$237
Summer 2018
Jul 6 - Aug 30, 2018
2 night min stay
$204
$1,229
Labor Day 2018
Aug 31 - Sep 3, 2018
3 night min stay
$266
Regular 2018
Sep 4 - Oct 31, 2018
2 night min stay
$227
$1,369
Chili Cook-Off 2018
Nov 1 - Nov 4, 2018
3 night min stay
$266
Regular Rates 2018
Nov 5 - Nov 15, 2018
2 night min stay
$227
$1,369
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 16 - Nov 25, 2018
3 night min stay
$266
$1,599
Regular 2018
Nov 26 - Dec 20, 2018
2 night min stay
$227
$1,369
Christmas 18 NY 19
Dec 21 - Jan 6, 2019
3 night min stay
$266
$1,599
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$217
$1,309

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

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

Notes:

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. Rates are subject to change until payment has been received.

OWNER ON THE PROPERTY:

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:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Last updated: 04/11/2017
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Location

230 Miles
Nearest Airport
Midland International Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Terlingua
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
Black Jack's Crossing in Lajitas
75 Miles
Nearest Train
Alpine
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. A high clearance vehicle is recommended to get to and from the LTM Ranch.

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 a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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