The adobe is perched high on the edge of Jack Eden Mesa in the Chihuahuan Desert. The rustic adobe overlooks the historic Comanche Trail and is built near an ancient Indian campsite as evidenced by metate's, stacked rocks and a petroglyph. This is a very remote location and will provide you with a unique, wild west experience not available many other places. The one room cabin has 4 twin beds. All water is captured rainwater and must be used conservatively. There is limited cell phone service.
The mailing address is Alpine, but we are 85 miles south of there in Terlingua Ranch.
This home is remote and off-grid - about a 20 minute drive from the paved road. The road up the mesa is rough, but my wife makes it just fine in her Honda Civic. It is about a 50 minute drive to Terlingua Ghost Town and an hour drive to the west entrance of Big Bend National Park. This is a unique place for an adventurer to really get away and get a taste of the area. It will be a rustic experience - much better than camping, but still rough-cut. It is very quiet here if you like that, or you can make as much noise as you want. There is no one nearby!
The adobe features 4 twin beds, cushioned window seats, a table and 4 chairs. There is an indoor bathroom and a kitchen area. Linens and towels are provided. The shower is solar heated, so there is not much hot water available---none in the winter. The kitchen has a refrigerator (no freezer) and a gas stove top (no oven). It is stocked with cookware, plates, glasses and flatware. There is a stovetop percolator and a kettle. Coffee, tea and hot cocoa are provided. There is a solar oven outside that can be used quite well with a little practice. We also provide a "Mesa Mini Mart" box stocked with things people often forget and can purchase economically for their convenience.
There is a wood burning stove that keeps the adobe very cozy in the winter. We have plenty of scrap wood available to burn. In the summer, we have a couple of rotating floor fans that help. The adobe walls are 14" thick and provide a passive thermal mass for heating and cooling.
We are members of the Terlingua Ranch Lodge nearby (14 miles) where you can swim and take showers for $5 a carload. They have a restaurant that is open selected times. You can also take a shower at the motel in Study Butte for $2. This is right on the way to or from the National Park.
All water in the adobe is captured rainwater and is in limited supply. There is an indoor shower, but showers must be very short so there will be water available for other guests. We only get about 8" of rain a year.
We have filtered water for drinking, but if you are not comfortable with that, you might want to bring your own drinking water. Bring your own food. The nearest grocery store and gasoline is in Study Butte, about 45 minutes away. Also, you should fill up your car in Alpine and get last minute supplies there. The closer you get to the National Park, the more expensive everything is!
The house has solar power for lights and a CD player. You can charge your phone with our inverter. Your cell phone will not work in the house - but it might work outside in some places. In fact, once you drive south from Alpine, your service will get more and more sporadic. There are no TV, DVD or other electric appliances. We do have cards, poker chips and dominos.
Accès des voyageurs
You will have private access to the entire adobe and we are happy to let you hike over our almost 300 acres. We have a couple of sets of snake leggings if you want to hike off the road on our land. There is a wonderful road hike to the top of Jack Eden Mesa. We also have a land art installation on our property near Cedar Springs Road. You can hike down the road to an overlook to see the henge we call "Bus Jack." It features old Volkswagon vans and campers. You will hear the coyotes at night and on day hikes, are likely to see deer, javalina and rabbits. A mountain lion, fox or bobcat might see you, but you probably will not see them. We also see redtail hawks, golden eagles and ravens.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
The house is 85 miles south of Alpine, Texas on Terlingua Ranch.
We will be glad to meet you when you arrive and show you around. We live about a mile on down the road. At our house, we have internet and a landline available for emergencies.
You have to be very aware of your surroundings here. We have seen several rattlesnakes and tarantulas on the property. There are also black widows and brown recluse spiders occasionally. Don't pick up anything without kicking it first and be sure to check the ground when you step out of your car or the adobe. You will need a flashlight at night.
You must be 21 years old to reserve the house. You must have a spare tire to come out here!
The septic system cannot tolerate any paper or other products. You must put paper in the supplied trash can. We can't stress this enough - there is no way to pump our septic system.
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