READ OUR REVIEWS! And for more photos follow us on Instagram @losalamosmarfa or like us on FB @losalamosranch. Monsoon season is early this year! It's gorgeous but this could be challenging for regular vehicles with standard street tires. We've had folks camp with no problems, just take it slow on dirt roads. Please message us before booking to find out current road conditions to determine if your vehicle can make the trip! May through early September are out hottest months. Los Alamos has large shady cotton woods (available with 4x4 only) and a swimming hole (drive up) available for camping all summer long! Plus unlimited ice and drinking well water for all our campers. 360 degrees of sweeping desert views situated in the backyard of the Big Bend Ranch State Park. Set up your tent and prepare to indulge in your own private sunrise, sunset and starry nights with one of the darkest skies in the northern hemisphere. We offer access to all your creature comforts like WiFi near the outdoor kitchen and hot showers at our guest house and campers are welcome to firewood, drinkable water, ice, chairs and tables and almost anything you might have forgotten for your campsite. The main house is a mile from your campsite so you will feel safe yet have complete privacy on over 840 acres of desert land. Stay a few nights and enjoy nearby trail-heads at the state park or check out the hipster scene in Marfa just 40 miles north of your campsite, both an easy day trip. Take a break from all the digital noise and enjoy some intense star gazing to recharge the soul.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
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Highly recommended. This site has the beauty and solitude of the Big Bend area without the crowds and overbooked campsites. Estela and Vince went out of their way to be hospitable and helpful. We couldn't have lucked out with better hosts for our first Hipcamp experience. As the description states, this is a primitive site, but the guest house shower and restroom is a huge plus. If you plan to visit during the summer months, I'd bring a shade canopy, but you could also camp along the dry creek bed, where dozens of trees provide plenty of shade. Marfa is an hour north of the ranch, and Big Bend State Park is about 30 minutes away. We didn't have any problems driving on the caliche road in our pickup truck, and I'm sure a sedan would do just fine. I'd happily visit again in the future. A true gem!
This family will go above and beyond to meet your expectations. Estela and Vince were both some of the best host in my travel and camping experiences and I spent 10 years working at a Summer camp where we traveled all over the nation camping. The site itself is exquisitely peaceful, beautiful scenery with awesome hiking available. If your looking to experience deep west Texas this is a great spot to be able to see all of the surrounding towns and beauty. We were able to comfortably drive to Big Bend, Terlingua, Marfa and Alpine. We stayed at the beginning of June for our Honeymoon so temps did reach up to 110 degrees, however with proper camping equipment and having their guest house available for relaxing showers and naps it made the entire experience well worth a little heat. We look forward to coming back! My only advice to Estela and Vince is keep up the great work, you guys were awesome!!!
My girlfriend and I were looking for a camping spot near the Big Bend national park and we found this unique and truly amazing camping site which will blow you away, even when you have set up your tent in over a dozen countries like me (including obscurer ones as Mongolia, Albania, Iceland and Turkey)
Estela sent me the first of many messages right after the booking containing initial information about the campsite and what we could expect. The communication with Estela was smooth and hassle-free. To every question I sent to her I got an almost instant replay. Estela provided us with heads-up information regarding the weather forecast and the road conditions (really appreciated!).
Arriving at the campsite, we were greeted by the whole family (including the four lovely dogs - if you like dogs, you will even more fall in love with this place) and introduced to the facilities which we could use beside the campsite: the guesthouse with a fully-fledged bathroom just for us (towels included!), a commercial ice-machine (you will be so thankful!) and fresh tasty water from an underground source located on the premise.
Estela then showed us our campsite, which is located about half a mile away from the main house, but only a short drive with the car. The campsite was cleaned from bushes and stones and there even is a kind of mattress laid out on which you can set up your tent. As a plus, there is a fire pit located at the campsite, so you can sit around a campfire at night, starring at the amazing sky above you (believe me - you have not seen such a night sky before unless you have been to Mongolia).
And I almost forgot to mention: Shortly after arriving, Estela handed us a lovely welcome-package containing chocolate, marshmallows and cookies. We lit up a fire at night, melted the marshmallows and created those well-known "sandwiches" (what was the name again?) Perfection^2! We absolutely and truly recommend a stay at the Los Alamos Ranch - you will not regret it.
Los Alamos Ranch is not to be missed! We came to enjoy the big sky country and take in the stars, and our time here was magical. Stela and Vince are the best hosts! They go above and beyond to make their guests feel comfortable.
Stela gave us the option to stay in the 'Casita Blanca', a historic 1930s adobe structure that is outfitted with lots of perks. We jumped at the upgrade. The rustic casita has a comfy queen bed, AC, a coffee maker, a mini fridge and is nestled right in the heart of the mountain property. We spent our day hiking, biking, and relaxing. We loved being able to disconnect and they even had wifi near the communal outdoor kitchen if we needed it.
Their property is truly picturesque and we couldn't stop taking photos of the sunsets; and birds, bunnies and various critters that call the big bend home. Marfa was a short one hour drive, and we headed there to see the art and try out a great restaurant. But we couldn't wait to get back to our campsite.
If anyone is considering Los Alamos Ranch, I cannot emphasize enough--do it!! This was a wonderful experience in every aspect. Stela and Vince provide so many extras and friendly guidance, they make you feel like you're staying with family. The value you get for your money is incredible.
We loved our time at this campsite. It's secluded enough from the main house to feel like you are truly on your own and the views/landscape were gorgeous. The shared kitchen with ice and seating was a great place to hang out during the day. The hosts were very helpful and kind during our stay!
Although hot during the summer, Los Alamos has a special serenity to it. Wonderful views of the mountains during the day and amazing view of the sky at night. If you are a star gazer, this place is a must.
You can wake up early and catch the beautiful sunrise and of course you can pick a spot to experience the moon rise (full moon view is amazing).
Estela and Vince are wonderful host! They make sure to guide you all the way right before your arrival, prepare welcome baggies and make sure you know the laws of the land to keep you safe. They make you feel like they have been thinking about you and have been waiting for you for months!
Loved Los Alamos
This place is such a hidden gem. A word of caution: if you're coming from the North, take HWY169 from RT67 and don't go around through the city of Presidio. Vince and Estela were such good hosts. We arrived after dark and helped us figure our way there, and when we did they were there waiting for us. Best parts about this site-- the hospitality (by far!), great tasting well water, an incredible night sky, cool wildlife, and it was cheap too. 10/10
Where to even begin?! Everything was perfect thanks to Stela and Vince! They were quick to respond to any questions we had while planning our honeymoon trip and made sure we had all the information we needed to locate the campground. Upon arrival we were greeted with warm smiles and even a welcome bag and then showed around the property (which is gorgeous BTW)
If you're looking for a scenic camping spot this is it. There's nothing more beautiful than waking up to the sun rising over the bluffs, setting in the distance and the stars that make their appearance at night. Have fun exploring the property, take a morning hike up the bluffs. There's also pond where you can cool off in the afternoons, it's really peaceful.
Every stop you'd want to make in West Texas is just a car drive away. Take the scenic route at least once through the state park the views are astounding. Vince was thoughtful enough to make sure we were well prepared for the drive.
Another great thing about choosing to stay here are the amenities offered. It's so much better than your standard campground. There are restrooms, showers, a kitchen, towels if you forget your own, and best of all an ice machine so you're not having to drive into town twice a day when the temps reach triple digits. (And so much more)
My husband and I are beyond thankful for the sweet hospitality shown to us the week we stayed here. Seriously, Stela and Vince made us feel like family from the moment we arrived until we headed home. Can't wait to come back!