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Best Big Bend Restaurants: Top Terlingua Restaurant

Big Bend Restaurants, Terlingua Restaurants

Whether you seek the best of Big Bend restaurants or the top Terlingua restaurant, topping the list for both is the Bad Rabbit Cafe located at the Terlingua Ranch Lodge resort.

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It started out as a design for a boys’ school crest, but the Terlingua Rabbit was just too wild to stay at home. When artist Bill Neale’s creation joined forces with the likes of Carroll Shelby and friends, and adopted the name Crazy Rabbit, it was the beginning of fast living and fast cars.

Per Neale, he had designed the “heraldic rabbit” for Dallas attorney David Witts when Witts had plans to develop his 200,000 acre Chiricahua Ranch into a combination hunting park and boys’ school. “The boys school didn’t materialize for a lot of reasons,” says Neale, “but we didn’t waste the crest.”

During a hunting/partying expedition in the early 60’s, the idea of the Terlingua Racing Team was born and so was Crazy Rabbit’s new career. In an early Racing Team press release, Neale explained the meaning of the crest’s elements: “The rabbit thrives in the Big Bend and being fast of foot was picked to dominate the design. He’s holding his right front foot up to say ‘Hold the chili peppers in the chili.’ The sun is there bcause it always is in the Big Bend country. The feathers represent the three Indian tribes: Comanches, Apaches and Kiowa, that lived in the area and were responsible for the Terlingua name.

Although the three feathers appear to have been dropped when Crazy Rabbit was incorporated into the Terlingua Ranch logo, the original design still graces the ’67 Shelby Mustangs owned and run by many racing enthusiasts.

It is unclear how or why Rabbit’s first name changed from Crazy to Bad – maybe 30 years of being settled at Terlingua Ranch has slowed him down a bit. Or perhaps he’s adjusting to the changing times.

“This place is so cool… trails to hike all around. It is so peaceful and everyone is so nice. Make sure you try the Bad Rabbit for breakfast! Good stuff.”–Kandi B.

“Everyone at our table of 7 ordered something different and we shared tastes. Every dish, sandwich, salad was terrific. And hats off to the servers… EXCELLENT!”–Brazos P.

“I love this place, the pool, the restaurant and the people there. Down to earth kind of place; be yourself and be kind will get you a long way.”–Matilda LG

“Come to Terlingua Ranch and slow it down. I highly recommend getting a permit at the office and visiting the Christmas Mountains… Grab a great meal at the Bad Rabbit.”–Laura G.

“I love this place, the pool, the restaurant, and the people there. Down to earth kind of place; be yourself and be kind will get you a long way… I want to go again!”–Matilda G.

Big Bend Accommodations: Terlingua Lodging Options

Big Bend Accommodations, Terlingua Lodging

Big Bend Accommodations: Terlingua lodging options at the Terlingua Ranch Lodge resort include cabin guest rooms, RV sites with hookups, trailer campsites and tent campgrounds.

Guest Rooms

Terlingua Ranch lodging includes 32 clean and quiet cabin guest rooms with great views of the surrounding Big Bend area mountains by day and a universe full of stars and galaxies at night.

RV Sites

Our Big Bend accommodations include 8 pull-through RV sites with power/water/sewer connections plus 12 back-in RV sites with power/water hookups and a handy dump station.

Tent Campsites

Our Big Bend lodging for campers includes seven private tent campsites, two open camp grounds with shared water spigots, and a horse camp for dry horse trailer camping.

Horse Corral

Our horse corral is conveniently located near our front office and offers pipe pens, large turnout paddocks and a loading chute. Shade and water are available but bring your own hay and feed.

“Quaint, quiet, cozy and inviting. Perfect for a secluded escape in to the hills or a stopover to Big Bend State/National Park. Gorgeous night-sky!”–John P.

“If you want to be in the middle of nowhere, with nothing around you except beautiful mountains and a gorgeous night sky, this is the place for you.”–Lee J.

“Comfortable rooms with fantastic views! The Bad Rabbit [Cafe] has some great burgers, chicken fried steak, and other meal options!”–Marty L.

“Come to Terlingua Ranch and slow it down. I highly recommend getting a permit at the office and visiting the Christmas Mountains… Grab a great meal at the Bad Rabbit.”–Laura G.

“[We] were treated to the sights of javelinas, roadrunners, donkeys and a coyote on the road as we drove back and forth to the Ranch. The peace and quiet was wonderful!”–Kim T.

“Love the lodge! The staff is friendly… the pool is always refreshing on a hot summer day, and the live music at the Bad Rabbit Cafe is always good!”–Barrett C.

“We loved our stay at Terlingua Ranch Lodge. Quiet, peaceful, serene and surrounded by beautiful mountains and unspoiled nature! Right up the road from Big Bend [NP].”–Angela S.

“I think this place is better than going to a local motel closer to the Big Bend parks because of the camp like experience, pet friendly, and THEY HAVE A POOL!”–Mary D.

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Big Bend Cabin Rentals: Rent Cabins in Terlingua

Big Bend Cabins, Terlingua Cabin Rentals

Big Bend Cabin Rentals: Rent cabins at Terlingua Ranch Lodge resort, which has 32 cozy, quiet cabin guest rooms with shared decks and great mountains views!

If a cabin nestled in scenic mountains of the West Texas Rio Grande Big Bend region is what you’re looking for, look no further than Terlingua Ranch Lodge resort. Remote but conveniently located between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, our rustic but comfortable Terlingua cabin rentals will make your Big Bend vacation getaway a memorable stay.

All of our guest rooms – four to each cabin – have new queen-size beds, a table and dresser, a full bath, heating and air conditioning. Of course we provide clean linens, towels, soap and shampoo, but you’ll need to bring your own hair dryer. There is no phone or TV service, but we have Wi-Fi on the grounds so you can make VOIP calls using services like Skype and watch movies, TV shows and other videos on streaming services like YouTube and Vimeo. What you’ll most likely want to watch, however, is the view out your window!

“There was a small fridge, and a nice-sized closet. The pool was large, clean and refreshing. The laundry cabin was big [and] even had a book-borrow shelf with lots of choices.”–Cindy M.

“We stayed at Terlingua Ranch while visiting Big Bend National Park. This place has all you need… Everyone at the office and Bad Rabbit Café were extremely friendly!”–Carolina I.

“A quiet and beautiful place! Lots of critters you don’t normally see in the big city! Just a short jaunt to Study Butte and Terlingua’s Ghost town!”–J.W.

“The sky at night is unencumbered and unbelievable with occasional meteor showers and the Milky Way spread from horizon to horizon. The wildlife is also unbelievable…”–Toni S.

“Great getaway from the city and great place to stay while exploring Big Bend. The rooms are always clean and the staff are always friendly.”–Eddie M.

“We enjoyed our stay so much. The cabins we wonderful! They were clean, fresh, beautifully decorated and cozy. The office staff was great. Everyone was friendly and helpful.”–Daphne W.

“The cabins were perfect… The view was outstanding, the beds were comfortable, and the water was hot. The cafe had one of the best French Dip sandwiches I’ve ever tasted.”–Jadrian B.

“[The] cabins have spectacular views from all windows. [We] stayed there over … Memorial Day weekend this year. They have redone the cabins, and they are much nicer.”–Laron S.

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