As the 8th largest national park in the lower 48 states, Big Bend is very remote. Encompassing over a million acres (404,685 hectares) of land, Big Bend is not close to an airport and paved roads are limited. But for real adventure lovers, this park is worth traveling to. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain cycling, rafting the splendid canyons in the Rio Grande and more are all ways to explore the Chisos mountain range that borders Mexico.
There is much history to discover in the area, including a neighboring ghost town and plenty of comforts to make your stay enjoyable. The rentals in this region are some of the most character-filled spaces you’re likely to see in one relatively small radius. Non-traditional structures are the norm here because they suit the area and being this close to nature may having you feeling very free.
Read on for the 12 best Airbnb vacation rentals in Big Bend, Texas.
If you love to travel with your pooch, Bee Mountain Cabin has a gated yard, making it perfect for you and your four-legged friends. The cabin is equipped with essentials, like a full-size kitchen, WiFi, a queen bed and a futon. Sip coffee in the morning or end your day relaxing on the covered porch. Guests love the responsive and accommodating host as well as the close proximity to Big Bend Park entrance.
Bee mountain cabin #1
Price: from 139 USD
Number of Guests: 4
This eclectic studio-style property is perfect for two. It feels like a private oasis, yet is still within a walkable distance from local restaurants, coffee shops and bars, as well as being a quick drive to the Big Bend Park entrance. There is a bonus outdoor private shower, ensuite king bedroom and a great view of the Chisos Mountains. This is an old ghost town so there are no street lights but this makes it all the better to see the night stars when you sit outside, around the fire pit. There is no kitchen but you do have a coffee/tea station with mini-fridge.
Price: from 159 USD
Number of Guests: 2
This three bedroom, traditional house is located about 3.2 kilometres (2 miles) outside of Big Bend. There is a BBQ grill outside and a well-supplied kitchen inside if you want to cook up some Texas-style (or your own style) food during your visit. There are no windows in the bedroom, so you’re sure to get some shut-eye no matter what time you chose! There is a firepit outside to enjoy the starry South Texas nights. This rental doesn’t have a television but you won’t miss one with all the daytime activities on the property as well as the starry night sky to gaze at.
Aranda House central location
Price: from 250 USD
Number of Guests: 5
This spacious villa can sleep up to 8 guests. The villa has been decorated with so much personality, you will find something new every time you enter each room, including in the outdoor living space. This home is a 90-year-old ruin, reimagined into the home that it is today. The floorplan keeps the home comfortable year round, no matter the temperature outside. Book lovers can curl up and enjoy one of the many titles kept inside the home. There are two outdoor futons for under the stars sleeping and one bathroom for all guests to share. The owner tells us this villa housed five Mexican miner families during the mercury mining boom here (1903 through 1943), with five rock rooms inside and two large outdoor rooms where they cooked and slept in the summer.
Price: from 339 USD
Number of Guests: 8
Throwback retro trailers are popular rentals in South Texas and this desert diva turns up the quirk with pink flamingos and a cobalt bottle tree out front to keep the style indoors and out. The trailer’s over the top and colourful interior feels floral and welcoming. There is a bathtub in the rental and shower access is available over at the community shower facility.
Tin Valley retro rentals
Price: from 85 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Experience indoor/outdoor living in this stacked stone, Big Bend property. The majestic Chisos mountains are perfectly visible from the home’s front porch and two guests can sleep comfortably in the bedroom on the porch, or indoors in a more traditional bedroom. The starry, breezy nights will have you drifting off in no time. Guests love the central location, quiet property and stellar host.
Terlingua mining ruin
Price: from 140 USD
Number of Guests: 2-4
Adobe desert meets modern comfort in this eclectic 2 bedroom rental. From here, guests are within walking distance of restaurants, a coffee shop and some historic ruins. The home is equipped with an outdoor shower, which is commonplace in the area and must be experienced. You will also have excellent views of Big Bend from Casa Azul.
Price: from 179 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Escape the confines of modern living with this tipi in the desert. Disconnect from WiFi, electricity and mobile phones. Connect instead with earth, fire, air and water in their simplest states. Bring your 4 wheel drive, bedding, propane supply and a flashlight (and your pet), to enjoy a tipi camping experience at Candelilla tipi. Enjoy privacy and quiet, located just 8 kilometres from Big Bend.
Price: from 90 USD
Number of Guests: 2
It’s fitted for off the grid with solar power and electricity so don’t worry about all of your electronics. Your phones and computers can be charged up. Heaters are provided for chilly nights and there are chiminea fireplaces inside and out. A grill’s provided, but the kitchen is fully equipped with a stove, dishes, and toaster. Two comfy full beds and an outdoor futon are provided. The bathroom has a shower, a toilet, and a sink. No smoking or events and parties are allowed. Pet owners should inquire first. There’s no TV but there is Wi-Fi and free parking. There’s a beautiful view of the desert and restaurants are a short walk away. The clear night sky will keep you gazing with wonder.
Blue House, an Off-Grid SanctuaryTerlingua, Texas, United States
Amenities include towels and toilet paper but no hair dryer. Air conditioning, heating, and a TV are supplied. Electricity, indoor and outdoor showers and very nice bedding will make your stay comfortable. Beautiful views mean the porch is the place to be. Plus, you don’t need a 4x4 to get there. There’s no internet, but most cell phones work and the internet’s available at Terlingua Ghost Town. While you’re there catch up with other people and activities in the area. The host knows the area intimately and is just ten minutes away if you have questions.
Cozy Caravan with incredible viewsTerlingua, Texas, United States
A great Texan experience awaitsMake your visit a memorable one as you take in the local culture, park adventures, history and the South Texas wildlife in one of these unique rentals.
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