FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Where are you located?

 889 Sombrero Peak Road, Terlingua, TX 79852 

HOWEVER, DO NOT USE  THIS ADDRESS TO GET HERE!!!


We are right outside Big Bend National Park! 60 miles south of Alpine, 20 miles north of Terlingua, TX and 12 miles off of HWY 118 on Terlingua Ranch

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Can I use GPS to find your location?

PLEASE, DO NOT USE GPS TO GET HERE! YOU WILL END UP 40 MILES IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, LOST IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!

DO NOT USE THE ADDRESS!

You can use the following longitude/latitute coordinates

 29°29'33.9"N 103°20'27.5"W

We are working hard to correct this issue with Google Maps as they have 2 different locations for us on their map. That means there's a 50/50 chance it'll route you to the wrong location if you use anything other than the coordinates. Your best bet is to use the turn by turn directions below.

Directions to Tin Valley

 AGAIN, GPS WILL NOT WORK OUT HERE. PLEASE COPY THESE DIRECTIONS!


IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS WE CAN ALMOST GUARANTEE YOU WILL BE LOST IN THE DESERT WITH NO CELL PHONE RECEPTION. 


We're approximately 60 miles south of Alpine on HWY 118. You will see a large billboard  on your left advertising "Terlingua Ranch Lodge" (similar to a Ferrari logo) it's black and yellow with a big rabbit! Turn into this entrance! When you turn in, you'll will see mailboxes to your left and small metal buildings to your right. Come straight in onto Terlingua Ranch Road. Terlingua Ranch Road is paved almost the entire way to Terlingua Ranch Lodge, we are located where the pavement ends and the dirt road begins!
There is no sign for Sombrero Peak Rd but you will see a big green dumpster on your left, an old wooden sign that says Marathon and a vintage arrow sign that says Tin Valley. Take a left here! Tin Valley is about 1.5 miles down this dirt road. Stay straight for about .5 miles where you will come to a Y in the road, look for the small Tin Valley sign and keep right. Continue the remaining mile to the entrance of Tin Valley which looks like a big metal arch! You made it! 


Follow the Tin Valley map to find your campsite! 







Do you have wifi?

Yes, you might not be able to access it from the primitive campsites but there are areas to sit and use the wifi. That being said, we cannot guarantee that it will work 100% of the time. We are a remote location and often deal with outages throughout the area that are beyond our control. Most guest do not have cell phone reception out here so keep that in mind. Prepare ahead of time. GPS will not work so written directions to your destinations are a must out here.

Are you pet friendly?

Yes, we love our fur babies! Friendly pets are welcome at no additional fee. Dogs are free to roam off leash but please make sure they will not chase our kitties! As always, please pick up after your pets!

What is the weather typically like?

Weather can change quickly out here! There are days where its been high 90s and the next morning is in the 30s. The weather is unpredictable at times. Check the forecast for your stay to get somewhat of an idea for your specific dates. Packing warm clothes is always recommended as it typically gets cold throughout the night.

Do you provide firewood?

Yes, we have firewood for sale for $10 a bundle. Firewood is stacked along the wall next to our Willie bus. We run this off the honor system, there is a box to put your money in.

What about bathrooms?

Select campsites have showers and toilets inside the unit. For primitive sites, there is an outdoor shower (cold water only) and a port-a-potty (we keep it very clean) within short walking distance. There is also a shower house right up the road at Terlingua Ranch Lodge.

Are there restaurants near by?

Yes, the Bad Rabbit Cafe is located at Terlingua Ranch lodge right up the road.

There are also great restaurants if you venture out to Terlingua, La Kiva is definitely recommended. 

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THINGS TO DO

A Few Recommendations from Ronda

If you want a good “country” breakfast head to the Terlingua Ranch Lodge, just 4 miles down the road...or for outdoor coffee shop w/ wifi cafe check out “LaPosada Milagros” in the Ghost Town.  

(Ask for Mimi.  She is the owner and a wonderful woman!).

If you want some of the best BBQ around I suggest stopping by Rustic Iron BBQ, http://www.rusticironbbq.com/ for ribs, brisket, & smoked chicken.  He is open 11am-5pm, Wednesday-Saturday.  His food truck is on the left side of the road heading towards the Ghost Town.  Don, the owner and cook, is a dear friend of mine.  Tell him Tin Valley sent you...he will love it!  

I always suggest heading into the Ghost Town.  Be sure to stop in for a cold one at “La Kiva Bar & Grill” on your way.   It is a very unique place that you don’t want to miss...then stop at the old cemetery. and then on to the “Porch” for an outdoor beverage. (Connected to the Starlight Theater, a great place for dinner). There is a good chance there will be both local musicians and visitors, hanging out and usually playing music.  Great vibe for sure with an amazing view of the Chisos Mountains.
Both LaKiva and Starlight Theater open at 5pm.  Live music every evening.

If you are interested in Horse Back / Trail Riding call “Big Bend Stables” for reservations.  You can find all their info on Google.   Please let them know I recommended you.  The whole crew of employees are great friends of mine and the business has been here for years.

If you are interested in a rafting trip contact “Big Bend River Tours.”  Most come to the Big Bend to visit the National Park, but I have to say the State Park is actually my favorite, and if you do a rafting trip you will raft right thru it.  “Closed Canyon” is also one of my favorite hikes in the State Park.  As a reminder the National Park does NOT allow pups on the trails; however, the State Park does.  

Last but not least you definitely have to go soak in the Hot Springs!  Take some cash with you because along the trail you will see items/art (made by families in Boquillas) with a tip jar.  Put some money in the jar and take an item.  This not only helps support the family’s across the river but you will have a unique remembrance of Big Bend.  And if you have your passports then head on over to Boquillas, a very small (AND SAFE!!!) village in Mexico.  (Check with visitors center to find out when it is open/closed.). You will cross the Rio Grande on a flat bottom boat.  Have $10 to ride the burros up to the village.  Stop at Falcon’s (on the left) to have taco’s and tequilla.  Ask for Lydia, the owner.  Another beautiful friend of mine!
Have fun and enjoy all the area has to offer!

-Ronda