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

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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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 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Janet Eby
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About Janet Eby

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.

Janet Eby purchased this house in 2000

Why Janet Eby chose Big Bend Country

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

~LTM~ Ranch ~ Historic House On Remote Scenic Hilltop Near Big Bend Nat'l Park.
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

LTM Ranch was a perfect destination for our Christmas getaway. The property is wonderfully remote, at the top of a hill, with stunning views of the mountains and valley below. The beauty of the sunsets from the patio was only surpassed by the sunrises. And the millions of stars put any big-city holiday light display to shame! The house was immaculate, and had every amenity we could ask for. We saw quail, deer, rabbits, chipmunks and all kinds of birds from the patio. There are numerous hiking maps and guides of the Big Bend area that proved very useful to us. We won't hesitate to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a view!

  • 4 of 5

This is a wonderful and relaxing house with incredible views. Unfortunately for us it rained but even that was impressive as we watched the storm approach across the valley with dramatic lightening. The house was wonderfully equipped and we enjoyed family darts games, local desert walks, bird spotting and some exciting drives.

the peace and quiet was outstanding sadly for us no stars to admire as it was too cloudy. The only recommendation I would make is that you need a 4 wheel drive to access the house & bring plenty of groceries.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re delighted that you enjoyed your stay, despite the heavy rains. We have lived in the area for thirteen years and have never before seen heavy rain or extreme flash flooding to compare with the series of intense storms that started the day before your arrival and recurred every few days for another week after you departed. The roads to LTM Ranch are normally easily accessible by a typical passenger vehicle without high clearance or 4WD. The Brewster County and Terlingua Ranch road crews have now completed repairs to the flood damaged roads. The roads to LTM Ranch are once again accessible to passenger vehicles.
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Fort Worth, Texas

Great Summer Getaway for 6

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at LTM in late July! The house was very well stocked, so even though it is fairly remote, we had everything we needed for our stay with a little help from the shops in Alpine. In the mornings, things were quiet as we drank coffee on the porch and watched for wildlife. The house being perched up on the hill allowed for a nice breeze most of the time which cooled things off, day or night, even in late summer. Enough space that we never felt on top of one another and enough amenities around (horseshoes, board games, pool, darts, etc.) to keep us entertained! Close enough to Terlingua and Big Bend for reasonable day trips but plenty of space to hike and star gaze right at the house. The owners were not there but there was plenty of information provided in binder upon our arrival. A rare treat, we cannot wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best kept secret just a few miles from Big Bend

  • 5 of 5

What a hidden treasure we found at LTM Ranch! Great house with everything you could possibly need in the house. Comfortable beds, nice kitchen, great bathrooms and the views are to die for! We had a blast playing darts and pool in the evenings. We had not played darts in 30 years, what fun!! You will remember the adventure just getting up to the house. There is even Wi-Fi if you want it. The owner, Adam is a sweet heart and a pleasure. He has a fountain of information at the house for you to read. What a wonderful trip that we will remember forever! Thanks!!!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Smithson Valley, Texas

Late June Stay

  • 5 of 5

LTM is an absolutely perfect place for a family with easy access to Big Bend. The house is rustic with a nice country feel and offers 360 views of the local mountains. Our kids enjoyed it as much, if not more, than us. The property owner was on site, but he did not intrude. We did visit a couple of times and even shared a bottle of wine on the back porch late one evening. He is very genuine and a pleasure to be around. With the house being located on a hill, there was a constant breeze and we slept with the windows open every night! We woke up each morning to temperatures in the upper 60's in late June/early July!! If we visit Big Bend again, this will definitely be our lodging choice.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria, Texas

Spectacular Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at LTM Ranch, Terlingua immensely. Wonderful view from the hilltop across the valley to the mountain across the way and into Big Bend National Park. Wildflower, birds, animals, and star viewing were all incredible. Made for a great base to take trips into the National Park including easy access to the Terlingua Ranch Road. Had fun driving my Toyota Tacoma up to the Ranch House and into the Park. House was very quiet and relaxing with comfortable bed, nice bathroom and kitchen areas. The patio and the living room with 3 patio doors gave great views while relaxing. Was able to set up my telescope and get a great view of the night sky. Incredible Place!. Thanks for letting us stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
230 Miles
Midland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Black Jack's Crossing in Lajitas
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Highway 118
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Terlingua House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan - Feb
Jan 4 2017 - Feb 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Feb 28 2017 - Mar 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 4 2017 - Mar 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mar 20 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Regular Season
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial 2017
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Regular Season
May 30 2017 - Jun 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jul 6 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Regular Season
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Chili Cook-Off 2017
Nov 2 2017 - Nov 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Regular Season
Nov 6 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Regular Season
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017 & NY 2018
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 4 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $99 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

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.

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Terlingua House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bedroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Sunroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:

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