Hipcamp host Shannon K.,
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Open range is a thing of the past, yet the ranches here intertwine, and the view goes on forever. Undulating hills of desert shrubs, cactus and rock – like an ocean with its waves. 

Just over 30 miles from Alpine and within an hour from the Big Bend National Park entrance.   At a higher elevation than Terlingua, temps are at least 10 degrees cooler here.  Easy access t

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Open range is a thing of the past, yet the ranches here intertwine, and the view goes on forever. Undulating hills of desert shrubs, cactus and rock – like an ocean with its waves. 

Just over 30 miles from Alpine and within an hour from the Big Bend National Park entrance.   At a higher elevation than Terlingua, temps are at least 10 degrees cooler here.  Easy access to Alpine, Marathon, Marfa, Fort Davis and Terlingua. Great location for Viva Big Bend or touring the area.

We have three campsites available. 

Site 1 with shaded stalls and water for horses (also available for tent or trailer camping).  Easy access.

Site 2 with primitive tent camping (or car camping).  Some high clearance areas along road.  A smaller site, more private.

Site 3 allowing RV, trailer, car, or tent camping.  No utilities.  Easy access (one semi-high spot on drive in).  A larger site for larger groups.  

Campsites are far enough apart to allow privacy.  

High desert camping, dark skies, views of Calamity Creek, Elephant Mountain, Santiago Mountains, Santiago Peak, Kokernot Mesa. 160 acres. No wifi currently or amenities other than pure peace, quiet and beautiful sunsets.

Immerse yourself in the beauty and peacefulness of our high desert.  360 views!

Campfire ability dependent on weather/wind.  High clearance not always needed but recommended.

Improvements ongoing.    Pack it in, pack it out.  Please dispose of all human waste.  Leave no trace!

No hunting allowed.  Hiking roads is permitted, as well as on host property.

Gates and sites are difficult to find after dark - please notify host if arriving after sunset.  Specific/detailed directions will be sent upon booking.  

Owner lives nearby, out of sight.  Yes - you may hear a donkey!

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
3 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
Wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 25 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Ask about slideout accommodation
No Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
No toilet
Amenities
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Shannon a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Biking available around owner's property only.

Hiking

Hiking available on main ranch road and owner's property only.

Horseback riding

Please contact owner if bringing horses and for riding options.

Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Saddletramp Ranch, High Desert Camp in Texas.

Desert
Mountainous

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Hipcamper Sammy

Spring break camping

Sammy W.
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(Site 1)
March 17th, 2022

Shannon was kind and extremely accommodating for our trip! We enjoyed our stay and the grounds. It was very secluded and could not be seen from the highway. The property was between Terilingua and Alpine, two really cute towns. It was about an 1.5 hour drive to get to Chisos Basin Visitor Center. The original plan was to bring horses, but with the spike in diesel prices, we decided to focus on hiking instead. The stalls were made of four cattle panels and a bit rocky, so that is something to factor in on your packing list. We hope to be able to return with the horses one day soon!

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Hipcamper Shannon
Response from Shannon, the Host, on March 23rd, 2022

Thank you Sammy! So glad you enjoyed your stay in the Big Bend of Texas! Totally agree with you - very rocky here. I recommend horses be fully shod for riding this area. In addition, I will ensure the stalls are rock-free! Hope to see you again!

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Hipcamper Drew

Camping w/ doggies, friends & famil

Drew G.
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(Site 2)
March 17th, 2022

We loved primitive camping on Shannon's Land at SaddleTramp Camp. All the stars you could see in the sky and amazing company and advice on adventures by Shannon. She is an amazing author and truly loves this unique landscape. We cannot wait to come back and visit!

Hipcamper Shannon
Response from Shannon, the Host, on March 23rd, 2022

So glad you enjoyed your stay! And what a sweet thing to say about my writing, thank you Drew! You are welcome back anytime!

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Hipcamper Katie

The most incredible views!!

Katie E.
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(Site 2)
January 5th, 2022

My husband and I camped here in our rooftop tent the last week of December and it was the PERFECT jumping off point to start our week in Big Bend National Park. Site #2 was spacious and the views could not be beat. We timed our stay with a clear night and no moon so the stars put on a show. Absolutely breathtaking, we could not have asked for anything better.

For roof top tent stays, the desert winds picked up which made our tent flap loudly in the middle of the night, but if you’re on the ground or in a camper it wouldn’t be a problem. It woke us up, but it wasn’t an issue. Just something to note.

Shannon had excellent directions that we followed exactly and we found our site no problem. Definitely want to arrive before dark!! She came and visited with us the next morning before we packed up and was so kind!! We will be dreaming about this gorgeous land and starry night sky forever. We will definitely return!! It was a highlight of our whole week.

Amazing December sunrise.Perfect place to sip camp coffee and watch the desert sunrise.My iPhone obviously can’t capture it, but from this spot you’ve got a full view of the Milky Way! You won’t want to leave! Good tastes better with a view like this.
Hipcamper Shannon
Response from Shannon, the Host, on January 6th, 2022

Awww... thanks Katie! So glad you enjoyed it and you are welcome back anytime!

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Hipcamper Emily

Far west texas solitude

Emily F.
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(Site 1)
December 10th, 2021

Absolutely beautiful secluded location close to Alpine and Marathon or on the way to Big Bend! The host was very helpful and communicative and gave very good directions. I ended up arriving on a dark cloudy night and was able to find it.

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Hipcamper Shannon
Response from Shannon, the Host, on December 11th, 2021

Thank you so much, Emily! You are welcome back anytime! Happy trails :)

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Hipcamper Shelby

Loved it

Shelby H.
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(Site 2)
November 11th, 2021

Fantastic, quiet spot on the ranch, and Shannon was SO kind and literally the best host!! 10/10 recommend & will be coming back!! The views were incredible—both sunset & sunrise.

sunrise 11/7 from our campsite--pictured: Elephant Mountainsunrise 11/7 from our campsite
Hipcamper Shannon
Response from Shannon, the Host, on November 12th, 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit! We'll do a pony ride next time!

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Hipcamper Thomas
Thomas M.
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(Site 2)
August 24th, 2021

Beautiful land! Rocky hills surrounding the property looked incredible in the moonlight. Shannon was super friendly.

Hipcamper Shannon
Response from Shannon, the Host, on November 12th, 2021

Thanks Thomas! Very glad you enjoyed it, you are welcome back anytime!

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Hipcamper Charles C.
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(Site 1)
January 18th, 2022
Property
Saddletramp Ranch
State
Texas
Country
United States
$15/night
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