Bring your linens and sleeping bags and enjoy the serenity of the Chihuahuan desert. Come enjoy gazing at the Milky Way from our tailgate bench (or your camp chair) in your private fenced yard. You'll be privy to some of the best sunrises and sunsets that this world has to offer. Located on 5 private acres, with a cabin (~100 sq/ft) that boasts a comfortable twin bed tha
Bring your linens and sleeping bags and enjoy the serenity of the Chihuahuan desert. Come enjoy gazing at the Milky Way from our tailgate bench (or your camp chair) in your private fenced yard. You'll be privy to some of the best sunrises and sunsets that this world has to offer. Located on 5 private acres, with a cabin (~100 sq/ft) that boasts a comfortable twin bed that folds out into a king sized bed. Smartly outfitted with space saving designs to make your longer stays more comfortable - bags fit nicely under the nightstands, shelves to unpack your clothes, hooks everywhere to hang your hoodies, hats, and everything else you brought. A cool bartop for eating, making coffee, or just resting your feet. Come and stay a few nights to really get a feel for Big Bend.
Welcome to the Cabin at Milky Way Run. We look forward to hosting you. Here is a house manual/guidebook to make your off-grid desert experience a delightful one. We will send cabin entry information 3-5 days before your stay.
Contact us via HipCamp Inbox with non-emergency questions. CHECK IN: 3:00 PM day of arrival*CHECK OUT: 11:00 AM day of departure**Please ask if you need any flexibility with these times.
PETS: We allow up to 2 well behaved housebroken dogs (for an extra $10 per night to be billed separately - we will reach out via text message). Pets are not to be left unattended on the property or in the cabin for their safety. The cabin is not climate controlled. Please note that the National Park does not allow dogs on trails and that it is often too hot out here to leave a dog in the car. Big Bend Ranch State Park allows leashed dogs on the Closed Canyon and Hoodoos trail. The fence is 4' tall. If your dog jumps or digs, they will be able to escape. Do not leave your dog alone in the fenced area - we have bears, bobcats, lions, hares (for chasing), rattle snakes, etc. This is not a place to lose your dog. Please understand that bringing a pet can change your trip. Bring at your own risk (keep your dog safe and happy!)
LOCATION / DIRECTIONSWe will email detailed directions in a pdf 3-5 days prior to your arrival. Print the directions and review the link to the map to locate the cabin driveway. Finding the location at night can be difficult, and there is no cell service in the immediate area (drive further down Terlingua Ranch Road for possible cell coverage). Do not use a smart phone or GPS to route you. Google will try to route you down some unnecessary dirt roads. You will lose your data connection south of Alpine. Use these written directions.
From Alpine:• Drive 61 miles South on Hwy 118• Turn left onto Terlingua Ranch Road. This will be the only turn lane that you see on Hwy 118 (look for mailboxes and a Terlingua Ranch Lodge sign at that intersection). • Go 3.5 miles east on Terlingua Ranch Road (paved)• Turn right onto a dirt road (there is a small reflective sign that says “Zone”)
• Drive half a mile south on that dirt road and make your second left. • The driveway for the cabin will be on your right in .2 miles and marked with a license plate as shown in the pic here.
From Terlingua/Study Butte/ Big Bend:• Drive 16 miles North of Study Butte on HWY •Turn right onto Terlingua Ranch Road (look for mailboxes and a Terlingua Ranch Lodge sign at that intersection). • Go 3.5 miles east on Terlingua Ranch Road (paved)• Turn right onto a dirt road (there is a small reflective sign that says “Zone”)• Drive half a mile south and make your second left. • The driveway for the cabin will be on your right in .2 miles and marked with a license plate as shown above.
When heading towards Big Bend/Terlingua, or returning from the South, use Terlingua Ranch Road. Google may try to route you down some rougher dirt roads otherwise.
SLEEPING: Before making the bed with your own linens, remove the gray sheet that is provided to keep the mattress clean between visits. Put it on a shelf until you depart.
ENTRY: The red screen door is equipped with a Black Realtor's Lockbox. Enter the code and the box opens up to the side. It is your responsibility to not lose the key. We recommend never leaving the property with the key. Call the property manager (emergency contact) if you’ve lost the key. While you will be charged $20 for lost keys, the folks checking in after you will appreciate your honesty and you will be repaid many times over with good karma. The self check in code is available 3 days prior to your arrival. The code is saved to your phone in the HipCamp app and can be viewed even when your phone is not connected to the internet.
PARKING: Park anywhere in the circle driveway or parking pullout just north of the cabin fence (area was recently cleared for a car). Do not drive off the driveway, the desert scars easily and takes a long time to heal.
WIFI: There is currently no WiFi available at the cabin. Reliable internet is available nearby at the Little Burro Store and the Bad Rabbit Cafe at Terlingua Ranch Lodge (get password during business hours).
WATER: A water station with extra three gallon containers is provided. Bring your own water or refill our three gallon containers at the Cottonwood Store in Study Butte for about 10 cents a gallon. If you go to the Panther Junction Visitor Station in BBNP, the water is free.
ELECTRICITY: There is currently no electricity available. Solar powered lanterns are available (leave charging on a window sill when not in use). An LED light powered with your USB battery charger is also provided.
HEATING: Currently there is no heat available. We are working to get propane connected to the wall heater.
COOLING: There is no cooling/fan available. The desert can cool down nicely at night, but the days are hot May - August. We recommend checking the weather and booking a last minute trip, or opting to camp up in the Chisos basin during the summer. Use the weatherunderground website and search for the Javelina Hideout weather station (that station is located a half mile away from the cabin).
COOKING: Bring everything you need to prepare meals, including your own propane. A single burner propane stove is provided (stored in the black plastic container). While you can heat up water in the house, please cook all meals outside to help eliminate food odors in such a small space. Use the stove to heat up water in a kettle to make coffee in the insulated French press (you provide the coffee grounds). Directions for how to use a French Press are located on the wall above the bar. Do not put the French press directly on the burner! A grill is provided (bring your own charcoal). You are required to clean out the grill upon your departure (coal/ash bucket provided).
COMPOST TOILET: Bring your own toilet paper. This property uses a compost toilet for pooping (pee anywhere outside the fence). Detailed instructions located in the outhouse. You are required to clean up after yourself. Please read the summary below of how to use a compost toilet. If this is not for you, please request to cancel this booking. •Remove the clean toilet lid from the 5 gallon bucket and insert a green compostable bucket liner (provided)•Add 1 to 2 scoops of compost mix (in the small metal bucket) into the bottom of the bucket. •Place the toilet seat lid back on the bucket. •Doodie in the bucket, add TP, then use 1 to 2 scoops of compost mix (peat moss/pine shavings) to cover your deposit and close the lid. One bucket usually lasts 2 people about 3 or 4 days (your miles may vary).•Once the bucket is about 2/3’s full, remove the toilet seat lid. Tie up the green compostable bag (leaving it in the bucket). Walk the bucket and bag over to the compost pile and put the green bag into the pile. Cover your green bag with straw.•Prep the compost toilet for the next arrival by cleaning the seat with a disinfectant wipe.
SHOWER: Bring your own towels AND water. Solar shower bags are provided in the outhouse. There are hooks on the side of the outhouse for the shower bag, but there is no privacy. To use, fill the bags with water and then hang in the sun for a few hours for hot water. Other options are the shower house at the end of Terlingua Ranch Road (10 miles on pavement and 3 miles on dirt), …OR…The Big Bend Motor Inn. They have $2 coin showers and lasts for about 6 minutes (bring quarters). Study Butte is on the way to the entrance to Big Bend National park and Terlingua.
POOL: There is a nice swimming pool at the Terlingua Ranch Lodge that is available to guests for $5 per person in the summer. It’s a scenic 13 mile drive, with the last 3 miles being dirt road in good condition suitable for any vehicle. There is also a free shower house up there as well as well as a restaurant, the Bad Rabbit Café.
GROCERIES: We recommend stocking up groceries in Alpine. For any last minute needs, there is a great grocery store in Study Butte called the Cottonwood and a closer store called the Little Burro (across from the American Legion a few miles north of Terlingua Ranch Road on HWY 118). There is no fridge at the cabin. We provide an outdoor station for storing your cooler.
TRASH: There is a small trashcan in the kitchen and a larger trash bin outside for recyclables. You are responsible for bringing your own trash bags and taking your trash home. Do not leave trash for the next guests.
SMOKING: NO SMOKING allowed inside cabin (subject to $100 fine). Dispose of cigarette butts and smoke outside.
DAMAGE/SECURITY DEPOSIT: We do NOT require a security/damage deposit. You are responsible for all damages caused by anyone you allow on the property. In the event of any damage or loss, the guest will be required to pay the costs of repair or replacement.
RATE CHANGES: Rates subject to change w/o notice
MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY: 2 guests
OFF-ROAD VEHICLES: We DO NOT allow ATVs, UTVs, Dirt Bikes, or other Off-Road Recreation Vehicles. Only street legal motorized vehicles allowed. There are no public or private lands anywhere in Brewster County that allow the operation of such vehicles without the owner’s express permission. NONE of the public, private, or restricted land allows the operation of ANY vehicles off of the existing roads.
HUNTING, COLLECTING ARTIFACTS, ROCKS, PLANTS or ANIMALS: Not allowed. The same restriction also applies in the local parks, public spaces, and private lands. No discharge of firearms is allowed. Any violation of these restrictions is prosecutable by law.
DISCLAIMER: This property is privately owned. The owners or managers are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners or managers are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
CHECK OUT INSTRUCTIONS: This is a self check-in/check-out cabin, we do not charge a cleaning fee. You are responsible for cleaning.
1) Please put the gray sheet/cover back on the bed to keep it clean.
2) Pack it in / Pack it out! Take your trash and recyclables home with you. We don’t have curbside pickup.
3) Clean the Lady Potty seat with a disinfectant wipe (if used) and store the roaming Lady Potty back in the Doodie Station.
4) Please visit the Doodie Station and adhere to the checkout procedures there. The outhouse will need to be cleaned and prepped for the next arrivals.
a. Remove the toilet seat lid. Tie up the green compostable bag (leaving it in the bucket still).
b. Walk the bucket with tied bag over to the compost pile and empty the bag into the pile. Cover your bag with just enough straw to keep it buried.c. Bring the bucket back to the outhouse and prep it for the next customers:
- Insert a fresh green compostable liner
- Place 1 to 2 scoops of compost mix in the bottom
- Clean the toilet seat with a disinfectant wipe and dispose of in the trash.
- Clean anything else that needs to be cleaned.
- Close the toilet lid.
d. Please us the broom to sweep any peat moss or dirt off the floor.
5) Empty the trash can that was provided for your convenience – pack it in, pack it out! Put a fresh clear can liner into the trash can.
6) Refill the metal bucket with compost material located just outside the outhouse – 2 parts peat moss to 1 part pine shavings
7) If you have extra TP to share, please leave it on the holder for the next guests.
8) Shake out the entry doormat outside.
9) Please sweep the floor of the cabin, and mop as necessary (rinse the provided mop head after use).
10) Wash any kitchen items that you may have used and return them where you found them.
11) Wipe counters, window sills, and nightstands.
12) Lock the door and place the key back in the lock box.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
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