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Ringtail Cabin - Low on cost but high on Comfort

Terlingua, TX, USA
  • Cabin
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

Small solar cabin with a full kitchen, full bath with Full size bed and futon.

Ringtail Cabin is an ideal vacation rental for budget minded visitors, anyone wanting to conserve fossil fuels, or anyone needing access for a low clearance vehicle of motorcycle. But don't be fooled by the low price, solar panels, or easy access. This cozy cabin is very well appointed with a full kitchen and comfortable furnishings, the solar system is backed-up by a propane generator, and the nearest neighbor is over a quarter mile away.

Enjoy the mountain views, amazing sunrises, spectacular sunsets, and stunning starry skies from the Ringtail property, or drive into the nearby parks, Terlingua, or the Ghost-Town for all the adventure and entertainment that the Big Bend has to offer.

Property Manager

Janet Eby

Member Since 2007
Premier Partner
This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Living Room
        1 sleep sofa /futon


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower
        • Full size bathroom with huge shower stall.

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            Great mountain views.
          • Rural


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Historic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                        Evaporative Cooler - or swamp cooler.
                      • Heating
                        Propane Heaters
                      • Internet
                        Now available.
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        There is a car port for one vehicle. Additional parking out front of the cabin.
                      • Telephone
                        Now Available.
                      • Towels Provided


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                          • Oven
                            Propane oven
                          • Refrigerator
                            Propane Fridge
                          • Stove
                            Propane stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 3 people


                                  • Books
                                  • Games


                                      • wheelchair inaccessible

                                        Pool / Spa

                                          • Communal Pool
                                            Just 9 miles to the pool at the Lodge.


                                              • churches
                                              • museums
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • laundromat

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • mountain climbing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • golf
                                                          • mountaineering
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • rock climbing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • whitewater rafting

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            22 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Great views, great privacy, less than optimal comfort.

                                                            Blake P.

                                                            The view from the front window is gorgeous. Overlooking mountains and rugged terrain. However, we had some issues with the cabin itself. The swamp cooler did not work very well for us. We stayed for six nights and I sweated through the first five for sure. To be fair, my fiancé and I like our house cold. Our A/C at home stays set to 65-66, so part of the problem may just be us. However, the swamp cooler is in the living room wall and we had no cool air at all in the bedroom. They had instructions on how to make the cool air get to the bedroom, but it didn’t work well at all for us. We moved to the futon in the living room and found the mattress in awful condition. Lumps galore. We moved the bed mattress on top of the futon mattress and the futon one was so bad that it made the bed mattress impossible to sleep on. We finally pulled it out, and just had the bedroom mattress on the futon frame, directly in front of the swamp cooler. The cooler was definitely emitting cooled air, and we put our box fan in front of it to help draw more cooled air out and into the room. As long as you were directly in front of the cooler, it was nice, but if you stepped out of the direct path, it was uncomfortably warm. We made it through three nights of this, until the morning after our fourth night, we lost power. We called the maintenance man, Daryl, he was very nice, but at first he gently blamed us for the power failure. He said it was probably the box fan pulling too much power. Regardless, we went out hiking for the day, and Daryl promptly showed up and worked hard to resolve the issue and charge the batteries for us. When we got back at about 7:30, he was still there, hard at work. After looking at the electrical usage history, he changed his mind about the issue being our fault and tried to fix any issues. He is a great guy, and I appreciate all he did for us. He ended by showing me how to work the generator, just in case another failure occurred and then he left. At 4am, we lost power again. I used his instructions and got the power back on and the batteries charged. I called him at a little more reasonable hour and then we went out for the day. Idk what he did, but when we came back for our last night, the cooler almost froze us out, and no power issues. All in all, they are great people, and we may have just been unlucky to have issues. However, I had to give a 3 stars based on my personal experience.

                                                            Wonderful Desert Home

                                                            Adaela M.

                                                            Ringtail Cabin was a delightful cottage with a nice kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room. All were well maintained. My husband and I stayed for 10 days and were very happy with Ringtail. As a plus, it is powered by solar panels and is off the grid. It turns out, this was important because the town and park lost power while we were there. We were snug and well fed and cozy in our cottage. I really got a feel for the immense space of the desert and surrounding hills while staying at Ringtail. Many days after hiking in the park, I would come back and sit for hours in the desert "yard," reading and absorbing the magnificent beauty all around me. Neighbors were several hundred yards away, so far enough away to not really interfere with the desert views. A dirt road runs by the cabin and is nice for walking or running. The owners were proactive, and if they thought we might need help, they were there. Thank you so much to the owners for providing a home base for an amazing experience of Big Bend National Park and the desert.

                                                            Beautiful, quiet, and relaxing!!

                                                            Tammy A.

                                                            The Ring Tail Cabin is perfect for escaping the stressful and demanding city life. Beautiful scenery and starry nights lets you completely unwind and relax.


                                                            Paula T.

                                                            We didn't have any issues. We would stay again.

                                                            My son and I used it for a hunting trip in October

                                                            Charles & Dedra V.

                                                            We enjoyed this day… When we come back we truly will stay there again


                                                            Morgan B.

                                                            This cabin was so cute and comfy! It felt just like a home away from home. Very beautiful views and loved how it was energy efficient. Everything was lovely! The only issues we had were with the swamp cooler when we first got there, but that problem was resolved quickly and on our last night there were many flying ant looking bugs getting in the bedroom from somewhere and we could not figure out where, we just moved to the bedroom and didn't see anymore after that. Our stay was awesome though, thank you so much!


                                                            Terlingua, TX, USA

                                                            Enjoy the mountain views, amazing sunrises, spectacular sunsets, and stunning starry skies from the Ringtail property, or drive into the nearby parks, Terlingua, or the Ghost Town for all the adventure and entertainment that the Big Bend has to offer.

                                                            Rates & Availability

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                                                            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. This supersedes the cancellation policy that VRBO has on it's drop down box. Rates are subject to change until payment has been received.

                                                            22 Reviews
                                                            Excellent 4.5/5
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