Inspired by his love of nature and his affinity for hot springs, Matt (the host) crafted this camp as a labor of love in order to share a unique experience with every single guest. Every aspect of his property from the pizza oven (currently in repair) to the kayaks to the wood fired hot tub is geared towards taking it down a few notches and enjoying a slower pace of life. Matt has designed an experience for his guests, not just a campsite, where you can slow down, recharge, and truly enjoy just being in nature.
Eco Rich is not as much a farm or ranch as it is a South Texas paradise. Nestled just inside the northern border of Hill Country, Eco Rich boasts not only swimming holes and acres of open range, but hundreds of years of rich history and a third generation landowner with the knowledge to boot. Emory is a self proclaimed “kind-of environmentalist" with a big heart for his land and for creating sustainable, scalable growing models that can help fight global warming. Every inch of the property is geared towards sustainability, right down to the tiniest details. If you get the chance to talk with Emory, bring a notepad and be prepared to listen and ask plenty of questions. Emory's love for the property has fostered an environment that is somehow both wild and totally accessible. It’s a place you can howl with the coyotes from beneath an oak grove without a single care. Even one night at Eco Rich is like a retreat that will totally rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. Slow down, unplug, drink a whiskey or two, and enjoy the stay.
Though South Texas is not known for its camping, Sand Creek Farm may just put it on the map. This wide open space is home to a dairy farm, a few fruit and veggie bearing greenhouses, and two of the nicest Texas farmers you'll shake hands with and has acres upon acres of tent-able real estate. If roughing it isn't really your speed, the Family Cottage is the place for you. This cozy little farm house sleeps four and has all the amenities you need for an off the grid weekend retreat.
Joshua Tree Retreat Center is a beacon of good energy in the Joshua Tree area. While it's well known that the desert is a great place to disconnect from city life and hit reset, camping at JTRC takes it far beyond that. Whether it's the meditation paths, the sweat lodge, or one of the yoga pads with an exceptional view, there's a way for anyone and everyone to clear their mind and recharge. No matter what you come to the desert for, you'll get far more than you ever imagined at JTRC. And did I mention they have a pool?
Good Earth Organic Farm is the perfect place for the weekend warrior or the committed outdoorsman looking for a change of pace. It's just far enough from town to see the stars at night and smell the fresh air but not too far that you can't get a fresh dose of city life on your way to or from the farm. Speaking of farm, this is a live one, meaning there are men at work, animals at graze, and machinery aplenty. Stay sharp - the sheep roam free during the warmer months says landowner Paul, and there's bound to be critters flitting about any time of the year (think rabbits, squirrels, and geese). Build a fire for dinner and fall asleep with a full belly to an unfettered view of the night sky and a symphony of coyote songs (don't worry, the resident sheep dogs are standing guard).
Terlingua Las Ruinas is right in the middle of all the action and perfectly positioned under the dark-sky of West Texas. Camping here combines all the best elements of getting outside with the benefits of staying in town. There's a bathroom within a stone's throw, the local watering hole only a few paces up wind, and the best breakfast spots within 100 miles right down the road. Whether you're taking advantage of the surprisingly active nightlife or spending a quiet night under the stars, you won't spend a minute feeling out of place - Terlingua feels like home.