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We are presently operating at 50% capacity with both our cabin guest rooms and the Bad Rabbit Café.

We are preparing for a return to 100% capacity. Please have patience as we gear up to serve you in the safest ways possible, as outlined by Gov. Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas and the CDC.

  • Lodge Office Hours: 9am – 3pm
  • Bad Rabbit Café Hours: 7am – 7pm
  • Laundry Hours: 12pm – 10pm

Please download our Health & Safety Policy.

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.

“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

“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.

“[The] front desk took excellent care of us. Great accommodations. It is out by itself which means quiet and great star gazing. Great food at the Bad Rabbit Cafe.”–Raymond M.

“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.

“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.

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.

“If you want to be away from everything and in the middle of nowhere stay here. Completely unique experience for us and very memorable. Good value.”–Ane J.

“Full service with restaurant, pool, laundry facility. Very clean and price is good… Personnel are very friendly… I highly recommend to stay here visiting Big Bend National Park.”–Tina K.

“The folks working here are extremely friendly and helpful. Rates are very reasonable and most if not all of the rooms have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains.”–Stephen D.

“So quiet and comfortable! It’s settled into a valley surrounded by big sky, ridges [and] mountainscapes… The beds were extremely comfortable, and the sheets were so soft!”–Cindy M.

“Best amenities in the area. They have clean showers, hardy food at the Bad Rabbit Cafe, and the friendliest staff you’ll find in a 100mi radius.”–Tracey P.

“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.

“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.

“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.

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