Hipcamp host Robert E.
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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", other than our livestock security lights, which we turn off on request so you can view our awesome night sky. This, plus our location, affords a 360 degree panoramic view of t

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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", other than our livestock security lights, which we turn off on request 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 west.

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!

It is rustic camping. We graded the campsites in April and still need some cosmetic work on the entire area. This is not a KOA, but KOAs don't have this scenery either! The toilet, kitchen and sitting areas are in a 26' travel trailer for all to use. Again, this was just placed in April and needs some work, like running water..... but there containers of water available in the trailer, as well as running water at the main house. Until running water is in the trailer, you may shower at the main house guest bathroom.

This is a 100% off-grid ranch! We can provide limited electrical power to those with at least a 200' extension cord now, with electrical service being installed in the Summer of 2019, again, 100% off grid! However, you CANNOT run an RV refrigerator, electric heat, or air conditioning.

We are not a "licensed" restaurant, but we can provide breakfast & evening meals to campers for a minimum donation of $10 per person, per meal. As a working poultry farm, it will most likely be poultry based..... all natural, free range poultry based with seasonal vegetables from our own gardens!

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 20 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.

Our roads are dirt roads and can become impassable when it rains. If that happens and you need to stay extra days while the roads dry out, we do NOT charge you for the stay or food. In this rare event, it is 1-3 days before the roads are passable. However, we always have a day or two notice before a rain event. This is the ONLY negative to our ranch and the spectacular views every day, are well worth the slim chance of muddy roads!

By the way, our pricing is allowing for ONE tent, trailer, or RV per campsite, with no more than 6 people total. Additional tents or trailers would have to pay an additional campsite fee. A shade or screen structure does not count, of course!

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 must insist that campers arrive BEFORE 4:00 PM, as we have to attend to our farm as our first priority. We cannot deviate from the arrival time restriction.

PLEASE NOTE: During the Chili Cook-Off, our rates will be $35.00 per night from October 29 - November 3, 2019. This cannot be adjusted in HIPCAMP, but this is the rate we will expect and charge!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
7 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Pull-in site
Electricity hookups
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
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

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.

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

Hiking
OHV

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!

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

Ranch

We are a working poultry farm. Our ducks and chickens range and fly all over the property. Visitors are welcome to see, interac...Read more

Driveway

There is a circular driveway into the ranch and campground, which allows easy access for all vehicles and RVs.

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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 Brandy B.
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(Dispersed site)
July 5th, 2019
Hipcamper Jonathan B.
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July 3rd, 2019
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May 26th, 2019
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May 24th, 2019
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April 17th, 2019
Property
Eco-Ranch Sustainable Living EC
State
Texas
$20/night
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