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", 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 a


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.

Our roads are dirt roads and can become impassable when it rains. If that happens and you need to stay an extra day or two 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 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!!!! There will route you down non-existent or impassable "roads". Just ask us to send you detailed, safe directions down easily traversed roads! We are unable to rescue vehicles that do NOT use our safe directions to the property. We will however phone a wrecker if you do get stuck. The going rate for this is around $300.

Finally, 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. Violators will be asked to leave immediately.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
9 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
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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If you have your own bicycle, there are many miles of roads and trails in the area.


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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


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Wildlife watching

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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


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

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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".

Remove vote :(
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!!

Hipcamper Sara

Unobstructed views and amazing star

Sara C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 29th, 2019

This was a true adventure! The directions were spot on. The property has 360 degree unobstructed views which make for great sunrise and sunset. Robert and Debbie are great hosts!! There was a camper available to use the bathroom and we connected our propane tank to the grill to cook up some eggs in the morning. The stars are fabulous out here!! Check it out!

Hipcamper Kali

Magical nature reset at the ranch

Kali C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 29th, 2019

Robert's Eco-ranch was the perfect place to camp while visiting Big Bend with my friends. It is secluded in beautiful desert landscape, with a 360 degree view of mountains / the horizon. This makes for the perfect spot to star gaze if the skies are clear and provides the perfect setting to watch the sunset / sunrise. It was convenient to be able to park right at our campsite and although you need to drive down some hilly gravel roads, Robert provided directions that made it easy to locate. Robert was generous and kind, giving us a tour of his impressive aquaponics garden and happily answering any questions we had. It is impressive how he has created the space he has and was cool to learn more about his lifestyle. You will hear the birds, so I'd recommend bringing ear plugs to avoid the roosters waking you up really early, but they're not too loud from the campsites.

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