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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.

“Enjoyed burgers we had yesterday, 1/2 pound bacon cheeseburgers with extra fries to be exact… This isn’t my first time visit to the restaurant and certainly won’t be my last!”–Doug Y.

“Hard to imagine that one the best burgers of my life can be found here. Well done, just like I like it, but very juicy with grilled onion and jalapeños. Amazingly good!”–Jay B.

“The Bad Rabbit Cafe is a true gem… I didn’t meet the cook but wanted to tell him his food is truly delicious. We were surprised at how many items were on their menu. “–Texas Gal

“They have a little on-site cafe called the Bad Rabbit which is a fun place to eat with live entertainment most evenings and a good solid breakfast in the morning.”–Corrie L.

“We had chicken fried steaks, mashed potatoes, fried okra… Inexpensive, good portions and good food. We loved the music! Staff friendly… Mostly locals out for a good time!”–Boot L.

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.

“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.

“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.

“Just wanted to [say] we appreciated our stay… You have done a great job making an awesome place even nicer. You have done a great job making an awesome place even nicer.”–Laron S.

“The cabins are clean, the beds are comfortable and the stars at night are beyond description. The food is surprisingly good, the price is reasonable and the beer is cheap.”–Hugh H.

“I was expecting a very rustic cabin but was very surprised to have a room with two double beds, modern plumbing and a remodeled interior. WE WILL BE BACK!”–Brazos P.

“The sunrise that greets you when you wake up will be one of the most spectacular you have ever seen. Stop at the Bad Rabbit Cafe for breakfast, take a swim, take it all in.”–Erika N.

“Just before dawn I saw the most amazing starlit sky of my life. There were more stars than sky and a clear view of the Milky Way. It was worth that alone coming out here…”–Jay B.

“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!

“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.

“The sunrise that greets you when you wake up will be one of the most spectacular you have ever seen. Stop at the Bad Rabbit Cafe for breakfast, take a swim, take it all in.”–Erika N.

“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.

“If you’re searching for an offbeat place situated in one of America’s most beautiful natural surroundings, this might be your home away from home.”–Hugh H.

“Just wanted to [say] we appreciated our stay… You have done a great job making an awesome place even nicer. You have done a great job making an awesome place even nicer.”–Laron S.

“There are very few places left where you can enjoy wide open spaces in peace and quiet – Terlingua Ranch Lodge definitely is one of those.”–Disco D.

“The rooms are rustic and very clean with air conditioning and a hot shower which was a blessing. The quiet evening on the deck with wine and my honey was perfect.”–Sodaw K.

“The cabins are clean, the beds are comfortable and the stars at night are beyond description. The food is surprisingly good, the price is reasonable and the beer is cheap.”–Hugh H.

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