Primitive camping and dry RV sites. Plenty of acreage to explore. The Goat Pens of Cigar Springs Ranch are easily accessed and located on South County Road. This central location provides an ideal basecamp close to the Terlingua Ghost Town and both Big Bend State and National Parks. The unique geology and topography of the Goat Pens made this a popular movie set and many wes
Primitive camping and dry RV sites. Plenty of acreage to explore. The Goat Pens of Cigar Springs Ranch are easily accessed and located on South County Road. This central location provides an ideal basecamp close to the Terlingua Ghost Town and both Big Bend State and National Parks. The unique geology and topography of the Goat Pens made this a popular movie set and many westerns were filmed here in the 80's and 90's. Come out and enjoy seclusion, peace and quiet, awesome scenery with sunrises and sunsets to die for. All while still being able to easily take advantage of the area's other attractions.
The Goat Pens includes an outdoor events venue that hosts concerts, stargazing parties, festivals and weddings. The Goat Pens also has the only drive-in movie theater in the Big Bend area. Send a text or check The Goat Pens Facebook page (@goatpens) for information and dates of events. Hipcampers always receive free admission to events.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at The Goat Pens in Texas.
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Quiet and private campground
Our stay at the goat pens was wonderful! It was just as expected, very private, quiet & comfortable. Jeff was great & made sure to go around to all campsites to meet everyone. One thing we did not anticipate was the amount of wind that comes through the campground, not sure if this was a seasonal happening as we were there in the spring but it made it a bit challenging to set up camp. We actually moved sites on the second night to a different area to try to get out of the wind & that helped a lot. It is nice that you have the option to do that in this camp ground. So just make sure you have plenty of good stakes & are prepared for some wind if you are going in the spring time. The 2 outhouse type bathrooms were very clean & well maintained. It was nice to have a bit of running water to wash hands & hand sanitizer as you go out the door. They were also centrally located & there is plenty of room to drive up to them & park if your campsite is far away from them. We did not use the shower but saw its location & are so grateful for Jeff & his team taking the time to haul water to fill the tank on the hill so that guests can have a place to rinse off. We did not do much exploring at the ranch as we spent our days at BBNP. This is a great place to stay for access to BBNP. It took us less than 20 min to get to the park entrance each day. Also very close to Terlingua ghost town with restaurants near by. Overall w loved it & would definitely stay again! Only thing that I can think would make it better was if there was a map of the campsites &/or campgrounds so that you have an idea of where the sites are when you arrive. We drove in & it took us a bit to figure out that the fire rings indicated where the campsites were located. After we realized that we found a site pretty easy but if we had a simple map of the layout that would have been helpful.
Been to the Goat Pens a couple of times. Jeff is a good seed. It is a cool place to stay and great for exploring. Jeff let’s you have free roam of the place and let’s you have privacy. Great views!
Explorers dream campground!
Prime location right outside Terlingua, close to Santa Elena Canyon in BBNP. Very well kept campground with interesting geology, flora, and fauna throughout the property. The property owner and host, Jeff, was incredibly knowledgeable about every square inch of the land. We could have stayed here and explored the property for days without ever leaving. You’re in for a special treat with this one! Highly recommend. Wish we could have stayed longer and have gotten to know the host more. Until next time!
Totally worth the stay. Jeff was super friendly and was really helpful when we got it pretty late. Area is beautiful! We went to BBNP for the day but explored his place at Cigar Ranch as well. Open spaces and beautiful sunrise. Planning to stay here again. About a 35 min drive to the Chisos.
The site was great. Nice location with great views. Jeff's directions were easy to follow and he was there to meet us when we arrived. I highly recommend it for people that want to camp near Terlingua and between the parks.
We had such a great time at the Goat Pens! We got the campsite that you have to walk over a bridge to get to. It was super private and offered a lot of areas for exploring, climbing, and photography. Jeff was an excellent host and made us feel at home. The location was perfect for visiting Big Bend on day hikes as well as surrounding areas. A huge plus for us was the ability to have a camp fire. We would definitely come back!
Jeff was a very attentive host and we had a great stay. The property was perfect for my family’s camping experience. The location was great for venturing to Big Bend and other natural wonders nearby. There’s even a little exploring to be had on-site! We were very happy campers.