This site is a beautiful piece of paradise in the South San Juans. We knew the property would be gorgeous, but the hospitality and thoughtfulness Willie put into the details made our experience exceptional. After following straight-forward driving instructions, we arrived at the property and parked our car in a small lot specifically for guests. We loaded our stuff up in a provided wheel-barrow and walked a few minutes down a trail that led to the camping area. The camping area is large and secluded, and there are lots of great spots to pitch your tent while still maintaining privacy from other guests.
There are many great amenities at this site - a communal kitchen with all the utensils/spices/cooking ware you may need (stove/fuel and grill provided too), a huge firepit, a solar shower and outhouse, and river access 400m away from your tent.
Willie is kind and truly cares in your camping experience. He brought us a variety of organic flowers and infused “Hippie Granola” that he made himself, and after chatting for a few minutes, he gave us the space to enjoy the property! In the morning, he brought down a delicious assortment of breakfast items and hot water for coffee and tea.
This is a unique and gorgeous property, and can be enjoyed by all lovers of the outdoors. I cannot wait to come back!
What a unique camping experience in small-town Kerrville, Texas! Our time at Llama Refuge was as fun as it was educational. This property is home to all sorts of creatures - chickens, geese, guinea fowl, a few farm cats and dogs, and of course, llamas! There are 11 llamas living on the property, all rescued or retired. The llamas are free-roaming, so expect to share your space with them during your stay. As soon as we pulled up to the designated camping spot and began to unload, two llamas ran over to check us out. They were curious and completely harmless. After looking over our tent and sniffing our faces, they left us alone and resumed grazing in the nearby field.
The camping space is spacious and shaded by oak and cedar trees. A table, two chairs, a firepit/firewood, a big jug of water, and an outdoor composting toilet are all provided at the campsite. The campsite is a few minutes walk from the main house. The host Baxter was kind and hospitable, driving down on her golf cart to ensure we had all we needed before evening set in. Drive 10 minutes to Kerrville for groceries, swimming/fishing on the Guadalupe, or eating at one of the many restaurants. Inks Lake State Park and Enchanted Rock State Natural area are within driving distance as well.
In the morning, we helped Baxter feed the llamas. This was the highlight of our stay! Baxter took us through each step of the process - herding the llamas in the feeding pen, spacing out the food pellets so no “food fights” occurred, spreading out alfalfa hay… and hand-feeding the llamas carrots for dessert! We appreciated the hands-on learning experiences that this property offered, and look forward to returning.
This sweet cottage is ideal for those who want to enjoy the outdoor recreational opportunities of Kerrville and come back to a place with all the comforts of home. The cottage is small, but it has all you may need: a full bathroom with a shower, a kitchen complete with oven, microwave, and dishes/utensils, a covered outdoor porch with a firepit (firewood provided), and private access to the Guadalupe River right out the back door. Barbara lives at a house across the street, so she is available to help with anything you may need. She introduced herself upon our arrival and then gave us space to enjoy the property. We loved the provided breakfast of yogurt, hot coffee, and cinnamon rolls!
A walking/biking trail begins right next to the property, and offers beautiful views of the flora and fauna of the region. The trail runs adjacent to the Guadalupe River, so it’s worth bringing your suit if you get hot and fancy a quick dip in the water! If you want to explore the town, Kerrville has a neat downtown area that is easily accessed by foot or bike. Pax Coffee and Goods offers a great cup of coffee. During our stay, trail construction was being done on a section close to the cottage. Though a little noisy, we spent most of our time at the river or walking the trail and weren’t bothered by the sounds of construction, which stopped in the evening time.
We spent our evening sitting on the back porch with cups of hot camomile tea in hand, watching fireflies fill the evening air. It was a peaceful end to a lovely stay.
A five-minute drive from Terlingua and in close proximity to Big Bend Ranch State Park, this campsite is in a prime location to access the must-see spots of the Big Bend area. As others have described, the campsites are beautifully maintained and marked. When we arrived at the site, there were already three or four other groups with tents set up. We found a free spot to set up our own tent easily, and had a good amount of space between our campsite and other campsites. There is no bathroom/shower here, but campers do have access to a $5 shower at a local RV park. Be sure to bring your own drinking water, as water is a scarcity in the desert. There are established fire rings at each campsite - bring your own firewood or pay $15 for a delivered bundle. Though we never had the chance to meet Evin, she was easy to contact over phone and quick to answer our questions. This clean, spacious property was perfect for exploring the Big Bend area, and we are looking forward to returning! PS - While you're here, be sure to take a sunset drive down River Road 170 for some of the best views in Texas!