Advice From A Local

If you’re staying with us, you probably ain’t from around here. Here are few necessary words of wisdom about the area:

Wildlife Warning

Whether you’re camping in Big Bend, or staying at the cabin, you’ll likely see some wildlife during your visit. The odds of seeing any large predatory animals (mountain lion, black bear, bobcat) are slim, but you might – you’ve been warned. While these animals have no reason to harm you, we highly encourage against approaching, touching, feeding animals, or stepping on any snakes or insects – it may not render the result you wanted.

Border Crossing

Be sure to visit our friendly neighbors to the south through the U.S. crossing checkpoint at Presidio. If you want to come back into the U.S. the old-fashioned, illegal way (anywhere not at the Presidio crossing), you may want to keep a few thousand dollars on you to pay the fine. Bring your passport.

El Sol

Bring sunscreen, jeans, boots and/or closed-toe shoes, a hat, or anything else that will protect you from the sun.

Carry A Good Spare Tire

Always have an inflated spare tire in your car. A flat tire can be quite a hindrance in the desert with no cell signal.

Carry Water

Should vehicle trouble occur (or any other unforeseen obstacle that will put a kink in your plans) you’ll want water. Help may be a ways away, and you’ll be glad you have water while you wait. Even if you’re not in trouble, drink plenty of water while you’re here.

Gas Up In Alpine

If you’re headed to the cabin, or anywhere near Terlingua for that matter, from the north, be sure to fill up your tank in Alpine. You won’t have another chance to get gas during the 80-mile trip down here – and no cell signal.


You are coming to one of the last great-wide-opens! Big Bend is the most remote place in Texas – 4 hours from any town of size. It is invigorating to see such an expanse, but be sure not to trespass on land you weren’t invited to. Most people in the Big Bend area have large-acreage tracts, and didn’t obtain the large acreage to be bothered. Some folks might treat trespassing with kind words, and send you on your way. Others may not be so kind. Obey the “no trespassing” signs.