Hipcamp host Robert E.
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(PLEASE NOTE:)

Out of fear & caution over the Covid 19 virus spread, our local County officials have ordered essentially all tourist related businesses in the Big Bend closed for a while. We need to comply, for now and have blocked out reservations for the month of April. Once this all stabilizes, we will reopen for reservations and of course,

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(PLEASE NOTE:)

Out of fear & caution over the Covid 19 virus spread, our local County officials have ordered essentially all tourist related businesses in the Big Bend closed for a while. We need to comply, for now and have blocked out reservations for the month of April. Once this all stabilizes, we will reopen for reservations and of course, you may make reservations into the future, just not right now.

While we are closed, we will continue to make improvements to our two campgrounds that will include new toilets, bathhouses, kitchens and guest cottages. These will be completed for Summer. Be cautious and be safe and book a stay here as soon as we all are able!

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.

The camping/RV parking area is about 150 yards from the main house, on a point of land overlooking our unique "mini badlands", a 15 acre arroyo. Spectacular views of many mountains are in every direction, with 4885' Agua Fria dominating from about five miles to the southwest.

Sunrise is a spectacular event, made more quaint by the gentle crowing of our roosters, who sometimes think sunrise is arriving far earlier. You are about 150 yards 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!

Many new campgrounds are popping up in the Big Bend area. Many, unfortunately,  are "corporate" ones, owned by a large corporation with an employee manager. We are an owner-operated, "Mom & Pop" campground where your stay with us is appreciated & the income needed & re-invested locally. Most of the area remains "Mom & Pop", but the corporations are finding the area and "Taos-ing" it gradually. NOT HERE and the difference is obvious!

It is rustic camping. We graded and improved the campsites in November, adding firepits, clearing brush, making our campground as nice as possible! Cosmetic improvement work on the entire area will be ongoing. The toilet, kitchen and sitting areas are in a 26' travel trailer for all to use. This was just placed on the campground in April and needs some work, like running water, which is coming Spring of 2020..... until then there are always containers of water available in the trailer, as well as running water at the main house. 

This is a 100% off-grid ranch! We can provide limited electrical power from a small solar electric system in the travel trailer, 100% off grid! However, you CANNOT run an RV refrigerator, electric heat, or air conditioning. Medical devices like a CPAP machine will require 200' of extension cord, as due to their high wattage demands, must be connected to the main ranch electrical system.

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.

By the way, our pricing is allowing for ONE tent, trailer, or RV per 8 of the 9  campsites, with no more than 6 people total. However, we just built one large site with a long driveway. This site can accommodate up to twelve people, three tents and four vehicles. To book this site, we have a separate listing as "Eco-Ranch Large Group Camping". Just go there to reserve this site.

We are retired, which means older hosts. We get tired in the evenings. This is also a working poultry farm, which requires our attention in the early morning and early evening. We request that campers arrive BEFORE 5:00 PM, as we have to attend to our farm as our first priority. You may arrive later, but there are no lights in the camping area, so setting up your stuff can be difficult after dark & we won't be able to help or do a proper "meet & greet" until morning.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE...….. DO NOT try to come here using a map program or GPS unit!!!! These will route you down non-existent or impassable "roads". Just ask us to send you detailed, safe directions down easily traversed roads! 

Our entire property is a NO FIREARMS ZONE. We DO NOT allow firearms 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, lock it IN YOUR VEHICLE when on the property)

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
9 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No showers
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Generators allowed
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 35ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Robert a message!
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Activities

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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

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

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

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

Ranch

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

Driveway

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 Sayde

An oasis in the high desert!

Sayde R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 22nd, 2020

What is it like staying here? Incredible! We had so many positive experiences with Robert and Debbie in their own little oasis that it could have been an entire vacation in itself. We spent a significant amount of time both exploring nearby Big Bend National Park and talking with Robert and Debbie about what they have done with their land and animals as well as what their future plans are. Their online descriptions of their beautiful property were accurate and gave us a clear vision of what to expect but their hospitality and enthusiasm made this experience something special.
Robert’s detailed directions made navigation to the property easy and his knowledge about the nearby areas and the natural environment meant he could provide us with answers to all our questions. There is absolutely no way we could have learned as much in such a short amount of time if we had stayed instead at a large campground . After three days we were loath to leave and I have missed the spectacular sunrises and stars every day since! Thank you Robert and Debbie!

Hipcamper Eve

Inspiration, education, relaxation

Eve D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 24th, 2020

This amazing oasis was by far the best camping experience we’ve ever had! On the day we arrived Robert and Debbie gave us the most educational, inspirational tour of their hydroponics system, poultry, goats, and other highly sustainable aspects of the house that they've built. From glass bottles to old tires, truly nothing goes to waste on the Eco-Ranch–instead, unique and novel purposes are reimagined for each and every scrap.

For dinner that night, they sold us tomatoes, little gem lettuce, and the freshest eggs we’ve ever eaten (for an excellent price). We also joined Robert, Debbie, and the other campers for a delicious dinner another night with all ingredients sourced from the farm. They truly care not only about providing a safe and comfortable campground, but also about making their visitors feel welcomed. We had a great time getting to know them and other campers over delicious and home-grown food!

Aside from the amazing views and lessons in sustainability, Robert Earl also became the hero of our rather unprepared group of college freshmen girls during our trip. The watering hole nearby the camping site is amazing, but we should’ve heeded Robert’s suggestion to be careful about where to park. Robert spent nearly 2 hours helping us get our minivan out of the sand! We also should’ve watched for sharp rocks on the road, but when we didn’t, Robert helped us patch and inflate our flat tire and even drove us into town to get it fixed. Although he had a ton of work to do on his farm, he took time out of his day to help us with our many troubles. We’ll never forget how understanding and helpful Robert was throughout all our misadventures!

Robert and Debbie are the kindest, handiest, most resourceful people we met on our foray into the desert, and as soon as we learn a bit more about driving in a desert, we’ll be heading back to visit them! We seriously cannot recommend the Eco-Ranch enough. If you’re looking for a unique and amazing camping experience, you’ve found the right place!

Hipcamper Elia

This place is awesome!

Elia A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 18th, 2019

First off, if you aren't into animals, birds in particular, then you don't want to stay here. I LOVE that the people here are keeping farm animals, so it was no problem for me. The roosters will wake you up, but it's fine because in our experience, it allows you to get up and see the BRILLIANT sky and landscape in the twilight hours.
The surrounding area is beautiful. Beyond words or Instagram filters. Robert and his wife are lovely, knowledgeable people. Robert let us know about his house and how everything works beforehand and was incredibly helpful and available for every need.
You'll be out past the sticks, which is great. The sky is wonderful and the people are too. I am already trying to plan another trip out, it was that good.

Hipcamper Robert
Response from Robert, the Host, on April 12th, 2019

For future guests..... the birds, poultry, are now confined to their own yard, making it a lot quieter here and no more "poultry mess".

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Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 2nd, 2019

Our stay at the Eco-Ranch was wonderful! We opted to join Robert & Debbie for dinner, and enjoyed a full meal of duck, saffron rice and green beans - which tasted extra good after eating only peanut butter sandwiches while camping the past few days. The property was absolutely beautiful, and you get an unobstructed view of sunrise and sunset over the desert mountains. In addition, Robert made us a (real!) cinnamon coffee cake for our travels the next morning. We loved hearing all about how the Eco-Ranch was built and their plans for the future. We hope to go back some day and see the finished ranch!

Hipcamper Shane
Shane H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 27th, 2019

My wife, Emma, and I stayed at Robert's Eco-Ranch Sustainability Living Center on our road trip across south Texas. We absolutely loved the scenery at Robert's Eco-Ranch and took a couple hundred pictures of the desert, including pictures of tarantulas, cacti, donkeys, and stunning mountain views! I was too tired to take photos of the night sky, which was packed with stars. The host, Robert, was very kind, and did his best to make sure we were comfortable. We very much enjoyed our conversation with him. Our only regret is that we had to leave so soon to finish the road trip.

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Hipcamper jonathan

Great remote camping experience

Jonathan B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 5th, 2019

Robert and his wife were very friendly. If your looking for a very remote, quiet place with beautiful view. Look no further, this is your place. It’s about 5 miles down a gravel road. Great communication from Robert. I would definitely be back to stay again.

Hipcamper Michelle

The whole family loved it

Michelle D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 11th, 2019

Beautiful land and beautiful people. I brought the family to Big Bend and sought out Robert because of my daughters' interest in sustainability. The animals were a huge hit with the kids. Robert made us dinner one night and I highly recommend you take him up on that offer. We will be back.

Hipcamper Jessica

Unique and of the beaten path

Jessica G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 1st, 2019

If you want to camp off the grid and have an amazing view this is the place for you! Recommend confidence in driving off road. Nothing technical but dirt and gravel for about 5 miles to your camp location. Easy to drive at night once you drive it in the day. Bring you own water, light source, wood and food. We went cycling about some with our MTB and it was great. Rob was super friendly and always willing to help. We would stay again and would recommend to our friends.

Hipcamper Ry

Awesome off the beaten path camping

Ry P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 26th, 2019

Robert was very knowledgeable about the area and friendly. He cooked us some great meals too!!

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