Sky Ranch is the result of a love for the desert and for 1980s post-apocalyptic movies. A place to step out of our busy lives and be still, gain a new perspective, and imagine a Read more...
Sky Ranch is the result of a love for the desert and for 1980s post-apocalyptic movies. A place to step out of our busy lives and be still, gain a new perspective, and imagine a different way to live.
Once the floor of a large inland sea, Sky Ranch Terlingua is covered with fossilized mollusk shells. After the water receded, the area was visited by various animal and human migrations. Today, Sky Ranch is a refuge for two native Texans with deep roots that predate Texas itself.
"Be friendly, but firm. But most of all, be yourselves." - Lester, Cherry 2000
This was a great place to camp! I stayed in site #1 which is the first site on the left as you enter the camp ground. It is down a slope which isolates it from the other sites so there is quiet and privacy. The site overlooks two ravines going roughly NW to SE and the other W to E. There is a stone fire ring and another stone ring protecting a cactus. Near the site you'll see huge outcroppings of quartz that runs for about 100 feet. You can see Hen Egg and other mountains in the near distance. You are basically surrounded by all sorts of geology and almost every kind of land form in a geography text book. Many of the stones on the ground have fossil impressions. You'll see roadrunners and a few different birds that sing nice songs near sundown. The campground is near two famous attractions, the Eco-Ranch and the Field Lab. Both places research and practice sustainable living and self sufficient construction methods. Aqua Fria road is accessible from the camp site and is a really pretty drive. Make sure you have a map of the road system and a compass before trying to explore the surrounding roads or going to Agua Fria. There are a lot of roads out there and it is easy to get turned around. The area in places reminds me of Namibia. Very Sci-Fi desert. I'm sure Gorn from Star Trek would like it. Locating the camp is easy and the road are good. They are a bit bumpy in places but nothing a car can't handle without damage. The video directions help a lot if you are not familiar with the area. Nothing but good things to say. Remember to pack out your stuff. It is easier to just bag up refuse than bury even bio-degradable material. As the evening begins the air will cool and begin to sink. The cooled air will flow down the slopes of the mountains and cliffs and move across the landscape. Be sure to have evening wind in mind when setting up camp. Strong winds can pick up dust. For me the wind was from the east so I parked my vehicle on that side of the site to block the wind. Great Experience and I'll be staying there again!
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