Hipcamp host Robert E.
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Located on the south side of our scenic 20 acre, working poultry/goat/aquaculture ranch, this campground was created for those wanting a truly unique location for their camping experience. This site is located in and around our scenic 12 acre canyon-like arroyo. 

Someone long ago placed an old bench on the road that passes it and dubbed it the "bus sto

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Located on the south side of our scenic 20 acre, working poultry/goat/aquaculture ranch, this campground was created for those wanting a truly unique location for their camping experience. This site is located in and around our scenic 12 acre canyon-like arroyo. 

Someone long ago placed an old bench on the road that passes it and dubbed it the "bus stop", hence the name "Bus Stop Mesa". The "mesa" is a finger of land that runs about 900' into the arroyo, but about 8' above it. There are 6 campsites on the mesa that offer extraordinary views of the arroyo and the surrounding several miles of desert landscape. Each has its own fire pit and there is plenty of room to enjoy this unique view of the Chihuahuan Desert!

We urge guests to photograph themselves sitting on the “bus stop” bench, along  with the poor fellow that has been waiting for the bus for years, “Skeletor”. Also, upload that photo to this profile!

"Bus Stop Mesa" itself offers mainly tent and "open air" camping, as it is too narrow for trailers. Campers on vehicles can easily navigate the smooth road though.

There are many campsites on the "mainland" portion of the campground, overlooking the arroyo, where RVs and travel trailers can easily park and we can accommodate larger groups there as well. These sites are a bit more rustic than our main campground but usable & the WIFI works! 

You will be on the other side of our beautiful 12 acre arroyo from the main compound, secluded & private with the same gorgeous views of our part of the Texas Chihuahuan Desert as the main campground. What makes this site unique is that you are right on the arroyo and its views. 

You will be about 25 miles from the gates to Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, about a 45 minute drive. But you will not have noisy "neighbors", generators or traffic!

We were pleased to have been ranked number 11 in HIPCAMP'S ranking of Texas campgrounds in 2019! This surprise inspired us to further improve your camping experience with us! We recently completed a toilet/bath house/kitchen facility, with two rental rooms planned for completion in the Fall of 2020.

The new, lighted kitchen features a two burner propane stove, full-sized double sink, counter space, cookware & place settings, along with USB, 12 volt & 110 volt ac plugs with a counter to place your devices on while charging.

The two new toilet facilities are: one “half bath”, featuring a flush toilet (a rarity in the Big Bend), a sink and counter space. The second is a large, complete bathroom with a large shower with solar hot water, as well as a flush toilet, sink and expansive counter. The down side for camper on "Bus Stop Mesa", is that this is all at the main campground, about a 1/3 mile distant!

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. We also have blocks of ice available for your cooler. 

We are an owner-operated, "Mom & Pop" campground where your stay with us is appreciated & the income needed & re-invested locally. We started the campground to give Big Bend visitors and idea of what the Chihuahuan Desert really is like, away from the manicured, tiny, noisy camping spots available in the parks. The response has been overwhelming and we will be continually improving your camping experience with us, until HIPCAMP ranks us number one in Texas, or even the nation!

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.

We are retired, which means older hosts. We get tired in the evenings. This is also a working poultry & goat 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. Tours of the entire facility are available and free of charge. We WANT you to see a working 21st century sustainable farm!

Many campers book here because they could not get a site IN the National park, then cancel their stay when the desired, noisy, tiny spot opens up in the Park. This is truly their loss as our space and scenery far outweigh the short drive to the Park gate. We really are a destination spot on our own and we urge you to give our campground a try! You WILL return again!! However, if you book with us, then cancel within 24 hours (like if the site you really wanted in the National Park opens up), you will be charged for the booking.

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 & our 18 year old pick-up cannot pull you out if you get stuck! Just write us and we will send you safe, detailed directions down easily traversed roads. You may phone as well, but we don't always receive voice mail promptly.

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)

NOTE: 

Some of the campsites will have a view of the back of the arroyo dam. This dam was created using our "THREE R" philosophy of "REUSE, REPURPOSE & RECYCLE everything, so as to RESPECT the planet. Therefore, the back of the dam is constructed using discarded tires, leftover from an Earthship project. So if you find used tires ugly, you should choose a site away from the dam...… but the dam HAS kept nearly 500 tires out of landfills & offers a unique, seasonal desert wetland for native & migrating wildlife! (IF the rains ever return, as of this writing we are in a severe drought, the tires will be filled and covered with sand & adobe clay)

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
14 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
Showers available
Wifi available
Bins available
No picnic table
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 50ft
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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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

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 Bus Stop Mesa Campground 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 Jordan

Awesome!

Jordan C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
February 23rd, 2020

Loved our stay! Exactly as described! Host was nice and the scenery is great. We were the only campers so we got the pick of lots!

Hipcamper Miriam

Peace, solitude and starry skies

Miriam B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 2nd, 2020

Robert and Debbie are wonderful hosts and we had a great time at the campsite. We opted to camp there because Big Bend campsites were full, and ended up realizing that this was a great alternative to being around crowded NPS campsites, especially given all the RVs and campers at Big Bend. We stayed at a campsite close to the ranch and there is a lot of farm animal noise as explained in other reviews, so just be sure to bring earplugs or be prepared for the racket if you camp close by. Noise aside (which was not a major issue for us), we loved being at the site, enjoyed learning about what Robert and Debbie are doing, and even got to meet a couple of newborn baby goats. I recommend it as a great place for solitude and scenery!

Hipcamper Neil
Neil T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 21st, 2020

Robert was a gregarious host who invited the whole campground over for salad and chicken wings. Our site had a nice fire pit and this was a very fun and accommodating place to stay.

Many of the sites like ours were also close to the main house, and the birds (geese, roosters) make plenty of noise at night and in the early morning. There are newer campsites farther away on a mesa on the other side of an arroyo, which looked quite picturesque. These were less developed at the time we visited, but could be a better option for light sleepers.

Hipcamper Danielle
Danielle E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 21st, 2020

I loved my stay at the eco-ranch! It’s an eclectic place in a beautiful setting. Robert is a great host and his dog, Cascade (the smiling dog), is a sweetie. I would definitely stay here again!

Hipcamper Olivia

The campsite is a must visit

Olivia W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 21st, 2020

This place ROCKS. Robert and Debbie are wonderful hosts who are willing to chat all about how they are building a sustainable house or about anything else. They are so friendly, welcoming, and helpful. The site is stunning and has great views all around, as well as a mountain you can hike up! I can’t wait to come back here to camp again.

Hipcamper Caroline
Caroline S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 25th, 2020

We were originally planning to camp in Big Bend but opted to stay here instead. A great choice, would definitely recommend! Robert is a welcoming host, and very knowledgeable about the area. His place is not far from the park, and is worth exploring itself. We spent one day of our trip hiking around the campsite. Would like to come back sometime!

Hipcamper Teddy

Stars light up the desert

Teddy O.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 27th, 2020

This is truely an amazing remote desert camping experience. There is virtually no light polution and hardly any clouds so you will see more stars than you knew was possible. You hear the coyotes at night and the roosters in the morning. The host was very accommodating as well. He recently got rid of the toilet facilities but is in the progress of building a new comode.

Eco-Ranch Bus Stop Mesa Campground
Hipcamper Eric

Great place, great people.

Eric C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 21st, 2020

This place was awesome. Robert was a very exceptional host. The campsites were very well up kept, with great views in the morning, afternoon, sunset and late into the night with the stars. Would recommend this place to anyone who wants to explore the desert land north of Big Bend, as well as adventure out to the park itself.

P.S. make sure to get good directions before leaving Alpine to find the ranch, as Robert suggests. Very hard to find the right place with no cell service.

Great view in the morning.
Hipcamper Alexis

Best stay! thank you!!

Alexis L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 5th, 2020

Robert and his wife are amazing hosts. My friends and I had a girls trip here. The national park was closed but we had an amazing time at the state park and on their land, the swimming hole is so much fun. I highly recommend staying here, we felt so comfortable. It’s amazing how affordable it is as well. Had a great time talking with them as well! Thank you!!

clay swimming holeview from camptheir horse!camp fire
Property
Eco-Ranch Sustainable Center
State
Texas
Country
United States
$25/night
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