Terlingua Ranch Lodge

Hotel, Cafe, Pool, Airstrip, RV & Camp Sites, Horse Corral

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Big Bend Region: Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Christmas Mountains

Terlingua Ranch Lodge is located between Big Bend National Park on the east and Big Bend Ranch State Park on the west.  We are the gatekeepers for TSUS. We are the only access to the Christmas Mountains by vehicle, offering visitors the opportunity to experience one of the last frontiers in the continental United States.


Christmas Mountains View From The Peak

 

Christmas Mountains
Photo by Mary Jane Cantu


Caution:  Language Rating "R"
Video by:  Global Preditor

Christmas Mountains access requires a signed permit from our office.  Hiking, biking and horseback riding are some of the recreational activities allowed.  There is no fee for access. In order to drive up to the peak, you will need to leave a $75 key deposit.   Vehicles must be high clearance 4WD/AWD and only one full-sized vehicle is allowed up at a time.

All roads are private.  If you leave the road you are trespassing.  Leave no trace � do not remove any rocks, artifacts or plants.  Carry your trash out with you.  Carry plenty of water at all times.  There is limited cell phone service throughout much of the region.

 

Horseback and River Tours

There are local businesses who offer horseback riding tours and river rafting tours.  Ask the Front Desk for details and contact information for bookings.

 

Lodge Hiking Trail

There is a walking trail going up between Whitehouse and Bell Mountains which leads to a bench seat with a fantastic view.  Ask the Front Desk for a map at check in.


Terlingua Ranch Lodge Trail

Bookclub

The Reading Round the Ranch bookclub meets in the cafe on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM (except during summer).  Contact Tom Ramsay for details and information at 432-371-2188. Free.

 

Music

There is usually music scheduled at Bad Rabbit Cafe on weekend nights all year round, and nightly during Spring Break.  Call for information or booking, 432-371-2244. Tips are appreciated!

Potluck

Potluck at Bad Rabbit Cafe on the third Thursday of every month. All Terlingua Ranch property owners and their guests are welcome!

Bring a dish or dishes of your choice with serving utensils. Bring your own plate and silverware if possible. Drinks are available for purchase from the Cafe.

 

Stargazing

Our desert offers some of the most unobstructed views in the Texas sky. You can set up your telescopes outside your room and be assured that the bright lights of Alpine 80 miles away will not interfere with your viewing.  The McDonald Observatory is a day trip away and offers day and night activities.


Terlingua Night Skies

 

Photo by Aperature Of My Soul

Birding

Among others, we have nesting Lucifer Hummingbirds, Gray Vireos and Elf Owls. During peak migration it�s not unusual to see over 60 species daily. This is the place for serious birders and bird photographers.  For information on local birding, call the Front Desk at 432-371-3146.

 

ATV/RV Riding

Moderate speeds with low noise and dust around residences constitutes good behavior.  All roads are private.  If you leave the road you are trespassing.  Leave no trace – do not remove any rocks, artifacts or plants.  Carry your trash out with you.  Carry plenty of water at all times.  There is limited cell phone service throughout much of the region. Guests of Terlingua Ranch Lodge in violation of on-road or off-road restrictions will be asked to leave immediately and will not be allowed to return to the Lodge. Damage to Terlingua Ranch roads by improper use of recreational vehicles will result in the same action. Obey all landowner posted signs and purple fence posts.

In the immediate vicinity of the Lodge, recreational vehicles must maintain a 10 mph speed limit and must be respectful of other vehicular traffic and foot traffic. Recreational vehicles are not allowed on the patio, pool pavilion or airstrip. Wheelies, donuts, racing, littering and other such activities are strictly prohibited.

Riders age sixteen or under must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

 

Hunting

Hunting is limited to your own property or with written permission from a property owner.  All persons living on or visiting Terlingua Ranch are subject to Texas state game laws. Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Brewster County Sheriff's Department enforce these game laws. It is each individual�s responsibility to be informed of these state game laws.  We have a cold storage locker available for game during official Texas Hunting season.

 

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Terlingua Ranch Lodge | 432-371-3146 | PO Box 638, Terlingua, TX  79852