Hipcamp host Robert E.,
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HOT WATER SHOWERS, running water, THREE flush toilets, electrical outlets, device chargers, full kitchen, refrigerator, coffee maker, safe & easy campsite access, all make our remote, off grid campground exceptional in this area!

Our ranch is located around five miles from the main highway and about 25 miles from the gate

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HOT WATER SHOWERS, running water, THREE flush toilets, electrical outlets, device chargers, full kitchen, refrigerator, coffee maker, safe & easy campsite access, all make our remote, off grid campground exceptional in this area!

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.

We cater primarily to tent & "open air" camping , campers on trucks and small, "teardrop" type trailers. However, we do have 10 nice, large sites that most RVs and rigs with larger trailers can use, though “bus length” ones will find the 5 mile long road in difficult but passable. In fact that road usually has enough ruts & natural "speed bumps", that you can travel 20 MPH at best, so allow 15-20 minutes for the scenic but slow drive in....... it is well worth the time!

There are NO HOOK-UPs, dump station, nor power available for trailers & RVs.  However we can provide drinking  & wash water. You MUST be self-contained! For those that do come here, you will find very private sites with excellent views.

For those looking for more "traditional" lodging, we also offer two very nice, but small, guest rooms now. These are a separate listing on HIPCAMP, under "ECO-RANCH GUEST ROOMS".

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. 

There are five ways to camp here in five distinct areas around the property: The "Upper Campground Area", "Bus Stop Mesa", "The Far Side", "Social Distancing Plus" AND the "Guest Rooms". The "Upper Campground" area is closest to the toilets, but has smaller sites. "Bus Stop Mesa" is a long, thin mesa that stretches out into our 12 acre arroyo. There are six sites there.  "The Far Side" is just that, on the far side of the arroyo. There are seven sites there and five for large groups or RVs/trailers.  There is an "outhouse" that is a flush toilet and sink on the "far side". "Social Distancing Plus" are seven spots we created for maximum privacy. They are spaced about the fringes of the property, remote & have no WIFI, but also no neighbors! 

Folks interested in the Guest Rooms and large group camping, including VERY large groups, will need to go the the HIPCAMP listings for the "Eco-Ranch Guest Rooms" & "Eco-Ranch Large Group Camping", as these are priced different than the regular campsites.

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!  Also, on "the far side", we have just completed another flush toilet, shortening the walk to the toilet and giving you a total of three toilets in the campground. All the running water is potable.

The lighted kitchen features a two burner propane stove, full-sized double sink, small refrigerator, counter space, coffee maker (free coffee), 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 1600 square foot 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! Four of the sites are in easy reach of an extension cord. However, you CANNOT run an RV refrigerator, hot plate, electric heat, or air conditioning. Medical devices like a CPAP machine can be used. 

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.

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 three years running!  OUTSIDE MAGAZINE recently ranked us the BEST HIPCAMP CAMPGROUND (May 2021) near Big Bend National Park as well!

COME SEE WHY!!!!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
20 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
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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Biking

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

Hiking

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

Climbing

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

Swimming

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

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Eco-Ranch Sustainable Living Center in Texas.

Desert

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

Canyon

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

Mountainous

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

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Farm

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Ranch

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Driveway

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Hipcamper Corrie
Corrie H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 4th, 2021

If you are looking for traditional, this is not it. You are getting exactly what the listing states, from the adventurous drive in (for towing at least) to the remoteness to the amazing dark skies. If your hosts have the time, don’t pass on a greenhouse tour. Wish we could have stayed longer…I could have asked Robert questions for hours. Lovely hosts. Favorite place we’ve stayed.

Hipcamper Robert
Response from Robert, the Host, on December 5th, 2021

We have been complaining that the area has become super-saturated with sub-par "campgrounds" this year: 46 new ones on HIPCAMP alone! We have not been getting the number of bookings we used to as a result..... HOWEVER..... it leaves us time to spend with each guest and share as much information, even prickly pear jam, as we can! This is a happy turn of events, even though our bookings are way down due to too many "campgrounds" in the area. Just check for road access, "composting toilets", potable water, "pack it out" and more, carefully! These code phrases usually mean a sub-par "campground". Choose wisely and you too an have an experience like Corrie did, or a nightmare!

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Hipcamper Charles

A nice overnight in the desert

Charles A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 3rd, 2021

The eco ranch is a great place to experience peace and solitude while having a few amenities nearby, most notably a toilet. It was nice how each spot was fairly spread out and each one had a fire pit. Debbie greeted us when we arrived at the main house and gave us a quick lowdown on everything. We greatly appreciated her hospitality.

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Hipcamper Brandon

Remote and beautiful

Brandon S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 29th, 2021

I had a great time staying here with my kids. The hosts are friendly and helpful. The bathroom and kitchen are great to have. You can choose to camp near those facilities or further away from the central property. There's a trade-off, of course. If you're close to the bathrooms, you're also close to the very talkative farm animals. If you need a little more quiet at night, then you may want to set up camp a bit further away. But either way, the place is great. Wide open views of the desert and mountains. Only about 20 minutes away from Terlingua. Keep in mind that you really want to get to this place before dark. Navigating those barely visible desert roads in the dark is a challenge.

Hipcamper Eddie
Eddie M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 28th, 2021

Robert was an excellent host. Supplied us with plenty of campfire wood.

Hipcamper Amanda

Lovely slice of desert life

Amanda P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 27th, 2021

I always love staying out here! Beautiful land, views, campsites and the owners are just the most friendly people. It’s a special place, no doubt about that. Thank you as always for such a great experience!

Pretty landscape Dogs love it out here.
Hipcamper Brad

The quietest place on earth....

Brad T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 25th, 2021

What a pleasant experience to stay and enjoy beautiful solitude and beauty of the desert at night. My son and i came through looking for a late night place to drop in and stay while heading to Big Bend NP. We came in late at night and after navigating our way in the VERY DARK desert to their ranch and camp spots we enjoyed what i have described as the quietest place I've ever been above ground. I woke up about 2am for a late night pee break and I stood in awe of the stars and the completely silent night. We loved it.

The next morning we spent a few hours talking to Robert and have him show us around the place. We loved seeing all of his ingenuity and tremendous commitment to living sustainably as possible off the grid. What a neat place!

Thanks again, Robert. Conner and I loved seeing your raft. I hope you were able to finish up your stone and tile work in the weeks since we left. We did 4600 miles on our trip and we had a blast in Big Bend and camping in remote places. Thanks again for all the hospitality!

Also, we enjoyed we could take a shower and make a quick meal in the shared camp kitchen without having to get our gear out.

Thanks so much!

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Hipcamper amber

Camping on the moon.

Amber K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 24th, 2021

What a wonderful and unique camping experience. 10 out of 10 would stay here again. We had planned on staying inside big bend but they we're booked up. So glad they were by far best camping in the area. In the middle of nowhere, no noise or light pollution. And super unique topography. Like camping on the moon. Just bring shade.

Hipcamper Carly
Carly A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 22nd, 2021

Eco ranch was great! Get there as early as you can so you have time to check everything out. And definitely buy some eggs, they are the best eggs I’ve ever had. This place is both a place to stay and a destination all on its own.

Hipcamper Linden

Beautiful and unique location

Linden C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 22nd, 2021

2nd time staying here and it was just as wonderful as we remembered. Incredibly unique and beatiful location hosted by kind and considerate hosts! The tour of the eco-friendly home and ability to buy fresh laid eggs for breakfast complete this incredible experience!

Awards

Best in 2021 Texas
Finalist
Best of 2019 Texas
Finalist
Property
Eco-Ranch Sustainable Center
State
Texas
Country
United States
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