Hipcamp host Kimberly M.
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Sleep under the stars at this primitive base camp for area attractions such as Terlingua Ghost Town, Lajitas Resort and golf course, hiking in Big Bend National Park, or driving along River Road, or even Rafting the Rio Grande. We can help you customize your trip according to your interests and activity level. Explore the wilderness while you can!

Campsite area
Bring your own vans, trailers, rv & motorhomes
No. of sites
1 bookable site
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 10 people per site
No potable water
Bring your own water
Fires allowed
Fire ring
No toilet
Pack it out
Pets allowed
Off leash
Showers available
Pack it out
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Kimberly a message!
  • Check in: After 9AM
  • Check out: Before 4PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

    Activities

    Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

    Boating

    Contact Big Bend River Tours or Far Flung Adventures in Terlingua to book your unique River Guided experience for one to 10 day...Read more

    Fishing

    Call Dave Long at the Barton Warnock Center in Lajitas, 12 miles weat of Terlingua Ghost Town, on the border. He has lived ther...Read more

    Hiking

    Hiking is a great activity in this area! You are near Big Bend National Park, full of all levels of difficulty on different tra...Read more

    Horseback riding

    There are Stables in Study Butte and Lajitas available nearby. Google it!😉

    Paddling

    Depending on the level of the water in the Rio Grande, you may have the option of kayaking or canoeing. Call Far Flung or Big B...Read more

    Climbing

    Contact Big Bend National Park for info on climbing and the condition of hiking trails. There are mountain lions and black bear...Read more

    Swimming

    There are several hot springs along the Riio Grande, some marked and some "secret!" Not on the map, but I could tell you....maybe!

    Wildlife watching

    This is a major migratory path for many birds, birdwatching is a great attraction in the whole Trans-Pecos area. More species o...Read more

    Biking
    Whitewater paddling

    Terrain

    Natural features you'll find at Tranquilo Ranch in Texas.

    Beach

    There are small sandy beachea along the Wild and Scenic River Road, but the best in my opinion is the muddy "beach" at Santa El...Read more

    Desert

    The Chihuahua Desert begins south of Alpine, Texas, and spreads deep into Chihuahua, Mexico. There is a legal Border Crossing i...Read more

    Forest

    There are what we call "Sky Islands" in the area south of the Davis Mountains, the tail end of the Rockies. You can go up to al...Read more

    Hot spring

    Rio Grande Village Hot Springs are available in Big Bend National Park, if the River Water Level isn't too high to cover them u...Read more

    River, stream or creek

    The Wild and Scenic Rio Grande! Hire local outfittwrs, Far Flung, or Big Bend River Tours, or just take a drive along the River...Read more

    Swimming hole

    Stop at Balmorhea State Park on I-10 on your way to and/or from Terlingua and the Big Bend Area. Call ahead for reservations. T...Read more

    Waterfall

    Oh, yes! I know where the secret waterfall is-- not on the maps! I can tell or take you if you want to go. It is pristine. Brin...Read more

    Places to see near Tranquilo Stargazing Camp

    Big Bend Ranch State Park
    Big Bend Ranch State Park
    48 miles way Explore
    Fort Davis National Historic Site
    Fort Davis National Historic Site
    51 miles way Explore
    Davis Mountains State Park
    Davis Mountains State Park
    52 miles way Explore
    Big Bend National Park
    Big Bend National Park
    58 miles way Explore
    Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
    Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
    59 miles way Explore
    Balmorhea State Park
    Balmorhea State Park
    71 miles way Explore

    The vibe at Tranquilo Ranch

    1 Written review
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    Hipcamper Lizzie
    Lizzie J.
    recommends this listing.
    November 13th, 2017

    The stargazing at this site is incredible! I definitely recommend doing what you can to make the trip out here when a clear night is in the forecast.

    This campsite is also located really closely to Terlingua Ghost Town, which is a neat old mining town on the edge of Big Bend territory. This site would be a good basecamp for exploring Terlingua, Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. The host is very friendly and helpful and offered to give us trip suggestions – she lived in the area for a while and it seems like she has a wealth of knowledge for recreation opportunities in the area.

    We had a really foggy morning when we were there, which was cool in its own way – with all the desert plants we felt like we had woken up on another planet! When there isn't any fog there are some great mountain views on the horizon.

    Be aware that there is no service at or nearby the campsite. The closest cell signal is further south in Terlingua. I recommend mapping out your directions before you arrive.

    Our setup: sleeping bag and air mattress in the back of the car, plus a cooler as a makeshift table. There is also a picnic table on the other side of the campfire ring that makes a good spot for cooking and hanging out.Hanging out at the site picnic table before heading south to Big Bend Ranch State Park.You don't need a tent to camp! Make sure your vehicle can handle bumpy rides – the road to the campsite is definitely a primitive one.Some of the interesting trinkets nearby the campfire circle.
    Property
    Tranquilo Stargazing Camp
    State
    Texas
    $40/night
    1 Site