In the best interests of the health and safety of our guests and staff, the Property Owners Association of Terlingua Ranch Inc. (POATRI), the owners and operators of Terlingua Ranch Lodge, will be closing all non-essential Lodge facilities beginning Monday, 23 March 2020. This measure is in compliance with the Amended Declaration of Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency issued by Brewster County Judge Eleazar R. Cano, which mandates all RV Parks and Campgrounds close and vacate their guests through Thursday 9 April 2020.
We will re-open Terlingua Ranch Lodge as soon as we can safely, responsibly and legitimately do so. Please follow this web page for future updates.
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.
“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.
“Food and service were very good… Screened seating to get the nice weather without the direct sunlight… A fairly big menu for being a little off the beaten path.”–Richard P.
“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.
“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.
“Killer food. Best onion rings I’ve ever had. Handcut fries… Delicious vegetable quesadilla. Awesome burger. Great breakfast. Friendly folks. Just awesome.”–Gene J.