Hipcamp host James B.,
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This land is located on about 6 acres of Chihuahuan desert land, about 1 mile directly south of the old ghost town of Lobo (which is why this place is called South Lobo), which is about 17 miles south of I-10 at Van Horn, Texas.

The Rio Grande valley is about 15 miles to the west of this site, and about 2 miles east is Chispa Mountain (about 1200 feet higher than the

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This land is located on about 6 acres of Chihuahuan desert land, about 1 mile directly south of the old ghost town of Lobo (which is why this place is called South Lobo), which is about 17 miles south of I-10 at Van Horn, Texas.

The Rio Grande valley is about 15 miles to the west of this site, and about 2 miles east is Chispa Mountain (about 1200 feet higher than the surrounding country).

Some day I hope to operate a small interfaith chapel and emergency water station (this land is located about 15 miles as the crow flies from Mexico) but for now it is just a beautiful bit of country for camping. You can learn more about our mission by searching for "South Lobo, Texas."

My pricing is per vehicle (since this is the most environmentally impactful thing that happens on this place), which means that primitive campers who are not parking on the property can camp for free (one extra camping space is reserved for primitive campers).

There is no power or water on site and minimal shade. You are welcome to hike, mountain bike, explore, etc but ATV's are not allowed (except on the dirt road).

This is also a great location for railfans (Amtrak goes through here six times per week while going between San Antonio and Los Angeles, but there is also some freight traffic) but also for stargazers and ham radio operators (very low electrical noise levels).

Safety wise: The Border Patrol is frequently in this area, so please do not be surprised if they come by and say hello while you are camping. If they ask about your presence, tell them you are camping with the permission of the landowner. Other than the border patrol, you are unlikely to encounter any other people. The biggest danger out here is dehydration. Be sure and bring more water than you think you'll need as it is a long drive back to Van Horn. (and if you have any extra left, please consider leaving it behind for emergency use from refugees who may be passing through)

Lots of things to see and do in the area --- Van Horn is a nice town (with some decent food, stores, etc.). The famous Prada Marfa isn't far away and of course there is the ghost town in Lobo (where they occasionally have film festivals and other events). Lots of folks pass through this area heading to Big Bend and other points further out.

Please do your best to clean up your camp site when you leave so that this unique landscape will be preserved for future visitors to see and experience.

RV only area
RV sites
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Up to 1 vehicle
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 45 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
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 James a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Horseback riding
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at South Lobo, Texas in Texas.

Mountainous

Chispa Mountain (1200 feet of elevatino gain) is about 2 miles to the east

Desert
Field

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Hipcamper Carlee
Carlee H.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 21st, 2022

Any marking to help campers find the property, a flag, etc is a vital addition!

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on March 21st, 2022

Thank you for this feedback. I, unfortunately, do not make it out to the land often so I will not be able to mark it, but I will update the maps I provide, to make it easier to find the land. For future guests --- I would also recommend that this campsite is easiest to find during the daylight hours.

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Hipcamper Carl
Carl W.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 28th, 2022

Better instructions for finding the spot might help and I wish all remote hipcamp hosts would put some minimal signage to help people unfamiliar with the area. Thanks

Hipcamper Carl
Carl W.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 28th, 2022

Price was nearly free but we weren’t able to find the place. Roamed around on rough four wheeler roads trying to follow google maps till it got dark and we just parked for the night in a random spot in the desert. Had a good night’s sleep and all is good

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on March 1st, 2022

I appreciate your feedback. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave it! I am working on improving the maps to the location and also adding some signage at some point, but I also would suggest that it is probably best to try to get to the campsite during the daytime hours.

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Hipcamper LaRee

Surrounded by desert mountains!

La Ree B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 15th, 2021

What a gorgeous tract of land surrounded by mountains on all sides! Not too, too far from Marfa, and a good stopping point if you're planning on heading out to the Guadalupe, Davis, or even the Franklin Mountains.

We arrived early afternoon, which was a good call, because it was a little difficult to find the cut-across to the dirt road that led to the site. We did find it, and my little camper Prius made it to the site just fine. If you don't have a high clearance vehicle, just take it low and slow. It is doable! James provided excellent directions to find the spot and it does feel fairly secluded. We weren't visible from the highway at all, though the site is very close to the train tracks.

There's lots of space to spread out and explore! We hiked across the tract of land, admiring Chispa Peak. Everything blazes orange and red during golden hour, and the peak itself turns a vivid crimson. Absolutely gorgeous. After sundown, the stars are beautiful. There is a little light from Van Horn 20 miles away, but you can still see the Milky Way out here. We fell asleep to the sounds of wildlife, which was lovely.

The train didn't visit at all during daytime hours, but did roll through 6 times in the night. It wasn't a dealbreaker for us, but only because we live very close to a freight line "in real life".

This is November in the desert, so we were aware that it was going to be toasty during the day and frigid at night. We watched the weather for Van Horn during our trip, and the temperature here was a solid 10 degrees colder than Van Horn at night, so keep that in mind when packing your cold weather gear!

Lastly, you'll see the caches along the property. I did not take photos of them for the safety of those that need them. We left a couple gallons of water behind. It felt good to end our trip helping others in need. The desert is unforgivable, and James' land proves to be an oasis.

Sunset in South Lobo is gorgeous. My orange car and tent blended right in.Chispa Peak is the highlight of the scenery. You can hike right up to a fence to admire the peak, which blazes red at sunset.More (!!!) mountains in the distance.Time for a morning jog to warm up in the morning!
Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on November 15th, 2021

Thank you for your review! I really appreciate it. :-)

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Hipcamper Michael

Night sky. quiet but for 4 trains.

Michael C.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 5th, 2021

A little sketchy directions getting to the site. All wheel drive needed if it has rained recently. (It does not rain very much here.) Site is 100 yds from train tracks. 4 trains passing in the night when we were there. The night sky was great. Faint lights from Van Horn, TX but otherwise you are out there in the wilderness. The price is right. Go for it.

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on November 15th, 2021

Thanks for the review, especially for the info about access issues. I will update the listing to mention that if the weather is wet (doesn't happen often these days) that AWD would help in getting out to the place.

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Hipcamper Chief
Chief H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 4th, 2021

Great place to stop and chill

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on November 15th, 2021

Thanks for the review!

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Hipcamper La Ree B.
recommends this listing.
November 12th, 2021
Property
South Lobo, Texas
State
Texas
Country
United States
$5/night
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