Queen sized bed is lofted for extra storage space. Foam mattress is super comfortable!Small kitchen has propane oven & range, microwave,  mini-fridge, and cold running water.
West Corazón Casita, Off-Grid Mountain Hideaway
Hosted by Sara
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1 bed
1 bath
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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!

The space

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.

Guest access

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.

Interaction with guests

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.

Other things to note

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.


Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
Essentials
Shampoo

Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 air mattress

House Rules
No smoking
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 2PM - 6PM
Check out by 11AM

-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.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs
Pet(s) live on property - Chickens
Amenity limitations - WiFi internet is slow, with occasional interruptions

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Ken User Profile
October 2017
Beautiful view of West Corazon Peak!!! Great place to spend some quiet and peaceful time off the grid. As the host states, the Casita is a "work in progress"; but everything is functional as described. Sara is a great host communicating before, during, and after your stay; yet always respectful of your privacy. My stay at the "Little House" was exactly what I needed, just wish I could have stayed longer.

Gillies User Profile
October 2017
The Casita is a special place, in a special location where the only sounds are natural ones (birdsong, cicadas) and the only lights are from the Casita itself. With clear skies the stars are amazing! Great for wildlife spotting too. Sara is a mine of local information and incredibly responsive to requests. The Casita is definitely not an hotel room - it's one of a kind and very much the pioneer experience, unlike early pioneers the bed is very comfortable, the sheets are immaculate, the floor is polished solid wood and the cooking and eating takes place surrounded by amazing views with the Christmas Mountains as a backdrop. If you want to be a tourist, but leave a small foot print, this off-grid property is ideal. For anyone who enjoys solitude and self-reliance, the Casita is perfect. There is the Terlingua Ranch motel nearby (20 mins drive, but only 5 miles!) where there is a reliable restaurant, washing machines and hot showers, and very friendly staff, for when a more sociable evening is required! One thing to remember is that solitude involves distance; the Casita is miles from the highway and getting back / going out does take a time. As Sara suggests, a high ground-clearance vehicle is recommended (but we managed fine, with great care, with a 2WD Toyota Corolla), and best not attempted in the dark. We could not have had a warmer or more enjoyable welcome at the Casita, and warmly in turn recommend a stay to anyone who wants to be "away from it all"

Megan User ProfileMegan is a superhost.
September 2017
This home, location, ethical footprint, comfort and experience are top notch. Everything in the home and on property is intentionally created and placed. Sara was speed of light quick and helpful in communication. Stay here.

Jess User Profile
September 2017
Sara's place was so sweet! We enjoyed being in the middle of nowhere and stargazing. The fan kept us cool and the fresh eggs were amazing. The drive to the spot is a little rocky but we took it slowly in our Prius and did just fine.

Sheena User Profile
August 2017
Sara's place is incredible. If you want solitude, this is it. The casita had everything we needed to make meals (we brought meats and veggies to grill and cooked eggs on the stove in the morning). The space was squeaky clean the bed was comfortable, and Sara was quick to respond with any questions we had. We didn't make it to the nearby ranch to swim, but glad we had the option. Only had two nights to spend here, wish we could have stayed a week or more! Sara will warn you that the road going isn't great - take her seriously! We read that another Honda Fit traveled in just fine, so we thought we were golden. It took us about 45 miles to drive the 5 miles of gravel road for fear that going faster would pop a tire. (We didn't!) Definitely wished we had rented a Jeep or a truck (for that and to drive some dirt roads in the park!)

Trey User Profile
July 2017
Beauty, solitude, and the best stargazing in the world

Stephen User Profile
July 2017
The Casita is simple living at its finest. While the Casita itself is small, it never feels that way due to the beautiful landscape of West Corazón Peak around you (it helps to have someone special to share it with too!). It has all the things you need and expect and then some. The chickens were a special highlight! Sara and her family are wonderful. Due to a bad rain storm when we arrived, the road was not to friendly to my car, so she and her husband helped dig out rocks and mud and clear the way. While we stayed there, she was constantly recommending things to do and making sure we felt at home. For future visits to West Texas/Big Bend, I will put the Casita at the top of my list! Thanks, Sara!

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Sara User ProfileSara is a superhost.
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 w…
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