The "Casita" (Spanish for "little house") is a solar-powered 300 sq-ft house at the foot of the West Corazón Peak. The main room has a queen-sized bed, a small kitchen, desk, and lots of windows to take in the views. The Casita is close to the Terlingua Ranch Lodge, which features a pool, bath-house, restaurant, and laundromat. If you love peace, quiet, amazing sunrises and sunsets, watching wildlife, and stargazing, you'll love the Casita!
Update for OCTOBER: I have blocked off around Saturday October 28th because that is the date of the GREEN SCENE Festival in the Terlingua Ghost town and I won't be able to check anyone in that day. If you would like to stay at the Casita during that time, I'm happy to let you book as long as you're NOT CHECKING IN on the 28th. Just send me a message, thanks!
The Casita is a work in progress (aren't all houses?) but a fully functioning off grid hideaway, perfect for folks who shun crowds and noise.
We are located high in the Corazones Mountains, where wildlife abounds and neighbors are sparse. You will have 200 acres to hike and roam, covered parking, a small kitchen stocked with tools and a few essential items, cold running water, a conventional toilet, propane heat, wireless internet, and fresh eggs from the hens that live on the homestead.
There is a small refrigerator and a microwave, an evaporative cooler for the summer and propane heat for the winter.
Four miles down the dirt road is the Terlingua Ranch Lodge, where you can swim in the pool, use the laundromat and bathhouse, and eat at the Bad Rabbit Cafe.
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My husband and I visit the chickens twice a day to take care of them, but otherwise you will have the whole 20 acres to yourselves. The coop is set apart from the house, and we won't come close or bother you. If you prefer to be totally left alone, you are free to do the very simple task yourself and enjoy the fresh eggs they lay.
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We are full-time, year-round residents of this beautiful desert, and our main house is just a mile down the road if you need any help.
If you have any questions about the area, where to eat, what to do, other places to visit, we are happy to help! If you have questions about wildlife, geography, or history, we can usually answer those too.
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To reach the Casita, you will have to drive down six miles of dirt road. The last three miles are only occasionally maintained, and are pretty rocky.
We recommend guests have an SUV or another high clearance vehicle. If you drive carefully, most vehicles have no trouble reaching us. If your vehicle has low ground clearance or marginal tire tread, you should not drive it down our road.
My advice to ANYONE visiting Terlingua or the Big Bend area is to have a spare tire and the ability to change it yourself if you have to.
-Late check-in is not allowed. It is too easy to get lost trying to find the Casita in the dark. Check in before the sun goes down!
- GUESTS MAY NOT BRING FIREARMS ONTO THE PROPERTY. Anyone who violates this rule will be asked to leave immediately.
- No smoking. If you smoke outside, please don’t bring the cigarette ends into the household garbage. Please bag the cold cigarette ends separately, and leave the bag outside for trash collection.
- Conserve electricity. This house runs on solar power, which is plenty to run your laptop and recharge your small electronics, but not much else. Please don't plug in anything that gets hot!
- Conserve water. Tap water is rainwater harvested off the roof. We don't get a lot of rain in the desert, so please be frugal with water use. We’ll provide 5 gallons of drinking water; don't drink the tap water.
- Turn off lights. Please respect our efforts to avoid light pollution. Instead of leaving lights on overnight, please turn them off and get an amazing view of the Milky Way!
- No fireworks. They spook our animals, annoy our neighbors, and can start a wildfire. Sorry for any inconvenience.
- Please check with us before making a campfire. There may be a county-wide burn ban in place, or other unsafe conditions.
I'm a work-at-home mom to a beautiful little boy, and a partner in my husband's solar power business.
We moved to Terlingua, Texas in 2009 and built our first home together, off the grid and with our own hands! A few years later we bought the hunting cabin down the road, and we are currently living there and renovating it ourselves.
I also coordinate the annual Terlingua GREEN SCENE sustainability festival. It's a great showcase of the Terlingua lifestyle, complete with hands-on demonstrations, art, and music!