I rolled into camp as the sun was showing off its best colors on the surrounding desert. When you come down the road, you'll see the tipis in the distance, the campsites are located just before those tipis (adjacent to the white igloo-like bubble tents).
Conveniently, metal wheel barrows were available so that, despite being on my own, I was able to get everything to my campsite in just two trips.
I fell asleep to the sounds of the desert--crickets and little bugs and a few birds were the white noise that lulled me to sleep.
The next morning, I went into the Ghost Town of Terlingua (it's within biking distance!) for breakfast at La Posada Milagro and a quick walk around the Terlingua Cemetary. I highly recommend checking out both.
Before I left, I popped in to the General Store and got myself a Ski Terlingua! t-shirt before hitting the road.
I visit Big Bend about every 2-3 months, and this stay was one of my favorites. The showers alone are reason enough to stay here!
This campground exceeded all expectations. With a picnic table, pit toilet, thick grass, and lots of privacy, it felt more like glamping than camping on this property.
After spending some time setting up camp and stretching after our long car ride, I decided to go explore down the backside of the campsite, into a wooded area. I had completely forgotten that this campsite sits adjacent to a creek, and was delighted when I found it by happy accident. Since I was there late December, I opted to look and not jump in, but I can only imagine how amazing it would be to camp there in the summer and spend all day sitting in the shallow pools of clear creek water.
The toilet is minimal, but better than a cathole! Double-check the seat nooks-and-crannies for spiders before sitting down--I found 3 little buggers hiding out. If you're planning on staying for a while, I would recommend bringing some extra rolls of toilet paper and hand sanitizer!
If you have a smaller vehicle, I wouldn't recommend driving through the first gate (just walk). It was pretty muddy and bumpy and my Subaru definitely came in handy.
The water spigot was a little bit hard to find, but it's definitely there. To access it, walk over to the barn (can't miss it) and look for the circular trough. The spigot is by the trough (see photos).
Overall, I would highly recommend this campsite and will definitely be coming back.
There are few places that I roll up to and audibly gasp at--this was one of them.
I arrived at sunset, just as the orange glow of the sun was leaving the water. The view was stunning and more than I expected.
These cabins are right on the lake, giving you the BEST view out of any site on the whole property. I stayed in the winter time when no one else was there (expect lots and lots of Canada Geese) and it was perfectly serene (aside from some noise from a plant across the lake). If you're any artist looking for a place to hole up and work on your craft for a while, you should consider staying here in December.
The cabins function as tiny homes, with nothing but two beds (one is a couch style, the other a loft) and a breakfast table. The heater works exceptionally well, and despite freezing temperatures I had to turn it down in the middle of the night.
Aside from the killer views, the real gem of this property is the outdoor area. A deck, picnic table, really nice fire pit, mini grill, outdoor sink and twinkling lights make for the coziest of outdoor spaces. We spent all night by the fire, eating cheese and crackers and drinking our DTX IPAs.
Honestly, this space is perfect for anyone--family reunion? Rent all the cabins for the weekend (they are all in walking distance of one another). Family holiday? Bring the kiddos and let them splash in the lake in the summer time. Weekend getaway? Enjoy lakefront property and the simplicity of tiny home living.
Morale of the story--I definitely recommend this location.