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 45.0 ft
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

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

Farm

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Ranch

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Driveway

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Hipcamper Elizabeth

Fantastic spot!

Elizabeth H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 13th, 2022

Loved staying here! I was only here for one night, but I thought it was a great really awesome location and a great place to camp. Such fantastic star gazing too! The hosts were very kind and helpful. I would definitely come back here again sometime.

Hipcamper Jaclyn

Off-grid with amenities

Jaclyn P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 11th, 2022

I love the Eco Ranch. This was my second stay. This time I brought my puppies and they had a ball. We had some issues with wind, but that is to be expected. The facilities are amazing while still allowing you to be in the middle of nature. The stars were spectacular, as were the hosts. This will always be our stay of choice in the Big Bend area.

Hipcamper Austin
Austin S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 3rd, 2022

This spot is truly amazing. We came in for the week to disconnect and spend some time in the national park. Drive into the park is 20 miles from the main road and an easy drive (another 4 or 5 miles to get to the main road from camp). The nights out here are unlike anything I have ever experienced, the stars, the quiet, just amazing. Robert and Debbie are delightful hosts. Driving to the property is definitely off the beaten trail, but if you are looking for a place to disconnect you have found it. Facilities were clean and in great working order; they even have a little community pantry and coffee. We opted to buy some of their eggs which were delicious and got to meet the animals. All in all a great stay!

Hipcamper Madison

Amazing camping experience!

Madison F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 3rd, 2022

Robert and Debbie were absolutely wonderful! They made us feel so welcome and everything was so thoughtful! The amenities were so great! Hot water, showers, flushing toilets, and a outdoor kitchen! Each campsite had a fire pit and lots of room and distance between other campers which was amazing. This was an amazing get away and would highly recommend. Such a beautiful place!

P.S. Ask Robert about all the work he’s put into the property! Truly is inspiring and awesome to hear about!

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Hipcamper Collin
Collin C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 3rd, 2022

The road in was slightly rougher than expected but had no problems at all in a 2WD full size van. Beautiful property with great views. Sites are fairly well spaced, can still see and hear your neighbors though. Farm animals (specifically geese and chickens) were loud throughout the night, if you're tent camping that's something to consider.

Hipcamper Jill
Jill B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 2nd, 2022

This was such a special and rejuvenating camping experience. The sunrise and taking in the night sky was amazing. Robert was a super responsive and welcoming host.

Hipcamper Olivia
Olivia V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 1st, 2022

Kind, passionate, and hard working couple who run the land.
The property is quiet, private, and stunning.
Coyotes and the farm animals fill the silence in a lovely way. The animals are part of the experience. The campsites are unique and have fire pits (can purchase wood on property)!
Hot showers, flush toilets, a kitchen, and potable water in the desert!
10/10 will camp again if I find myself in the area again in the future!
It is not far from big bend national park, big bend ranch state park, alpine, and terlingua.
Don’t show up after dark out of respect for the owners and other campers… it is also easier to find in daylight the first time.
Make sure you have everything you need before arriving in terms of camping gear and food.

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Hipcamper Eva
Eva M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 31st, 2021

We enjoyed staying at Eco-Ranch. It was very serene and tranquil. Robert was very kind and friendly. The location was perfect as it was in the middle of the dessert and off the beaten path. We truly recommend this place.

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 22nd, 2021

We had a wonderful stay! Robert is a wonderful host. He spent a lot of time showing us his amazing hydroponics garden and all he has built. We stayed in a remote part of the land, and enjoyed the peace, solitude and starry skies. The location is convenient to both the state and national parks. We would definitely recommend to anyone wanting an off-the-grid desert adventure!

Awards

Best of 2022 Tent or RV Site
Finalist
Best of 2022 Texas
Finalist
Best in 2021 Texas
Finalist
Best of 2019 Texas
Finalist
Property
Eco-Ranch Sustainable Center
State
Texas
Country
United States
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