Hipcamp host Robert E.,
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Our ranch is located around five miles from the main highway and about 25 miles from the gate into Big Bend National Park. We are very secluded & private, with virtually no nighttime "light pollution", so you can view our awesome night sky. This, plus our location, affords a 360 degree panoramic view of the legendary Big Bend night sky. Spectacular views of


Our ranch is located around five miles from the main highway and about 25 miles from the gate into Big Bend National Park. We are very secluded & private, with virtually no nighttime "light pollution", so you can view our awesome night sky. This, plus our location, affords a 360 degree panoramic view of the legendary Big Bend night sky. Spectacular views of many mountains are in every direction, with 4885' Agua Fria dominating from about five miles to the southwest. But your views extend up to 50 miles, so most of the area mountains can be seen and enjoyed from here.

The new rental rooms have been built like most of our compound, using reused/repurposed/recycled materials, to be comfortable areas to be out of the elements! We are very proud of these rooms, as they fill a needed, low cost niche in the area, a well as offer amenities not found in other off-grid spaces. Each room offers  two double bed futons (you will need to provide your own bedding), a desk, a ceiling fan, a 110 volt AC plug, as well as USB & 12 volt plugs so you can charge & use your devices in your WIFI enabled room.  You will also have complete access to the bathrooms and kitchen located a few feet away from your door. 

They are designed to be more like "youth hostel" spaces and less like motel rooms. These two rooms are 8' x 10' in size. This not a huge room, but comfortable for a couple.  We recommend occupancy of these rooms for not more than two adults and two children , however you could put sleeping bags on the floor at night to sleep up to a group of six....but it will be tight!

There is no air conditioning in them, as this is an off-grid ranch. Each room has a ceiling fan however & there will be propane heaters for Winter.... but YOU must provide your own propane, or purchase it from us. The bathhouse/kitchen (read below) are a few feet from your door and all access, including hot showers (1 per day, per room), are free of additional charge.

Sunrise at the Eco-Ranch is a spectacular event, made more quaint by the gentle crowing of our roosters, who sometimes think sunrise is arriving far earlier. You are a distance from them though! Sunset is the same. The campground has uninhibited views of both events and if you are lucky enough to be here during the 3-4 days of the full moon, moonrise is a once-in-a-lifetime event!

We offer a toilet/bath house/kitchen facility. In addition to the flush toilets, which are a rarity in area campgrounds, we installed an on demand hot water supply for the shower, so that you could enjoy a hot shower!  The lighted kitchen features a two burner propane stove, full-sized double sink, small refrigerator, counter space, cookware & place settings, along with USB, 12 volt & 110 volt ac plugs with a counter to place your devices on while charging.

This is a 100% off-grid working poultry/goat/aquaponics ranch! We usually have fresh eggs, seasonal vegetables and even poultry meat available for you to purchase. 

Roosters will crow & geese will honk. These sounds can carry, so be aware of that! Kids will love the fact that all our animals are tame and the barnyard is a wonderful "petting zoo" experience for them! Gardeners will love the greenhouse with its 4000 gallon aquaponics system. and year around, seasonal produce.

We provide limited electrical power (15 amps) from a small solar electric system in new bath house/kitchen structure, 100% off grid! However, you CANNOT run an RV refrigerator, hot plate, electric heat, or air conditioning. Medical devices like a CPAP machine can be used. If needed, we can provide an extension cord to connect to the main house system if the medical device exceeds the system capability.

Hikers can explore many miles of road, but must bear in mind that in Texas, ALL land is privately owned and you must be respectful of that at all times. We are also 3 miles from a spring-fed "swimming hole" that may be enjoyed, so long as you respect the land and pack out what you pack in.

The Big Bend Parks are about 25 miles from here. The McDonald Observatory is about 100 miles from here and the mysterious "Marfa Lights" about 80 miles from us....... but still close enough that some stray into view at times, depending on your alcohol intake.

As stated, this is also a working poultry & goat farm and we have to attend to our farm as our first priority. This requires our attention in the early morning and into the evening. WE STRONGLY URGE CAMPERS TO ARRIVE BEFORE DARK!!!  

However, we realize that many people have time management issues and have made some allowance for the rare late arrival. So if you plan on leaving home late and arriving here late, you will need to contact us for instructions. You will also need to select a site on arrival in the "upper campground", nearest the bath house, so you do not disturb other campers.

EVERY SITE is spacious and a good distance from others, unintentionally, but effectively: "SOCIAL DISTANCED"! Both Robert & Debbie are fully vaccinated against Covid. We will not require proof of vaccination, but do request that all guests who are not vaccinated, respect mainstream science & medicine and wear masks, or keep your distance.

Our entire property is a NO FIREARMS ZONE. We DO NOT allow firearms (or fireworks) on the property and NO ONE may carry one on their person while on our property. (If you insist on having a firearm with you, just lock it IN YOUR VEHICLE when on the property!!!!)

Your great reviews have placed us as "finalists" in the rankings for "The Best Campground In Texas" for the last two years running!  OUTSIDE MAGAZINE recently ranked us the BEST HIPCAMP CAMPGROUND near Big Bend National Park as well!


Lodging provided
2 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Robert a message!
  • Check in: After 9AM
  • Check out: Before 3PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


If you have your own bicycle, there are many miles of roads and trails in the area.


There are miles of hiking around our property. Again, all land in Texas is privately owned, but the owners of the adjoining pro...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

If you have one of these, all 1200 miles the roads in Terlingua Ranch are open to Terlingua Ranch guests (which you would be) t...Read more


There are trails on Agua Fria Mountain. Again, all land in Texas is privately owned, but the owners of the mountain allow climb...Read more


We do NOT have swimming on the grounds. However, there is a spring fed pond about three miles from the site and so long as you ...Read more

Wildlife watching

We are in the Central Flyway and there is a large variety of migrating birds passing through. Javelina, Aoudad, Coyote, Deer an...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Eco-Ranch Guest Rooms in Texas.


This is the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert, 20 miles from both Big Bend National Park & Big Bend Ranch State Park. The elevat...Read more


Twelve acres of our property is an arroyo with many tiny mesas to explore, as well as the drivable "Bus Stop Mesa" In the surro...Read more


We are situated in a basin about seven miles in diameter, surrounded by 4500'+ mountains. The views are outstanding!

River, stream, or creek

We are located less than 1/4 mile from Terlingua Creek. It is dry 90% of the time. However, it IS a Federal Waterway and you ma...Read more

Swimming hole

A privately owned swimming hole is three miles from the property. So long as you are respectful of the property and clean up af...Read more


We are a working poultry & goat farm. These are contained in their own area. Visitors are welcome to see, interact with & feed ...Read more


We are a working poultry & goat farm. These are contained in their own area. Visitors are welcome to see, interact with & feed ...Read more


There is a circular driveway into the ranch and campground, which allows easy access for all vehicles and most RVs. Please do N...Read more

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Hipcamper Ashwini
Ashwini D.
recommends this listing.
(Yellow Door)
October 18th, 2021

We had an amazing experience on Robert's land at the Eco-ranch. The land offers solitude and peace, the sunrise, the sunset, and the night sky are incredibly beautiful, and the eco-sensitive, off-the-grid, low-consumption living efforts of Robert and Debbie are truly inspiring.

The first night of our stay, we used one of the guest rooms and then camped for the next three nights. The rooms are simple and clean. They provide effective shelter from the elements and a place to charge your devices. Do not forget to bring sheets/pillows/sleeping bags. These are NOT provided, as the description states clearly. And the desert can get cold and quite windy at night!

We loved having the use of a communal kitchen, which ensured that we could have hot breakfasts and dinners, without having to light up our camping stove in the wind or worrying about ice in the cooler. The bathrooms are great as well. Robert and Debbie are very hospitable and concerned about the well-being of their guests.

This was far better than the crowded campgrounds we saw in the Big Bend National park since there were few other campers and everything felt very dispersed.

To top it all, meeting Robert and Debbie and seeing their solar energy system, rainwater harvesting efforts, alternative recycling-based architectural techniques was a real treat. Definitely recommend this place if you are traveling to the National Park and/or the State park!

Hipcamper Ambar

Unique stay at self-sustainable ran

Ambar B.
recommends this listing.
(Pink Door)
July 12th, 2021

It was a unique experience at a fully self-sustainable ranch! It is the desert, so be mindful of your pets heat handling capabilities. I recommend booking late fall to mid-spring. Remember to bring your own pillows and sheets, as well as camping chairs. There are two restrooms, one full and one half. The bedroom offers two beds, a cieling fan, and desk. The kitchen has a burner, sink, mini-fridge, and two tables.

The hosts were very kind. They offered a tour of their aquaponic and animal pen. They are available throighout your stay, if needed. The ranch is really close to Big Bend. On your drive to Big Bend you pass by a grocery store and gas station.

Bring plenty of water!

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Hipcamper Robert
Response from Robert, the Host, on July 19th, 2021

Just a reminder that we DO provide all the drinking water you need from our treated & filtered rainwater catchment system. There is no need to bring single-use plastic bottles with filtered "city" water! Just bring your own containers and use our water, direct from Nature, no single-use plastic bottles needed!!!

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