The welcome guide I received when booking my latest travel adventure read, “The tipis are not a sealed environment. Critters can get into them—including scorpions, crickets, and other things with lots of legs. And yes—we share this beautiful landscape with snakes…although we’ve never had problems with them.”
Talk about a rustic, wild west adventure.
It went on to share an “Ancient Sandy Secret”: If you stay more than one night, make your bed before heading out for the day. One of our property managers lived in a tipi for 2 years (Yeah! I’d consider that an extreme sport!) She made up her bed every single day and was never bitten.
Sounds extreme, right?
It was really glamping at its finest! The perfect mix of a wild adventure in the desert and luxury. And while I chose to stay in a luxury tipi (which you HAVE to see) which wasn’t 100% sealed, there bubble house rentals, beautifully rebuilt casas, and a shiny remodeled Aivon trailer known as “The Desert Pearl.”
I chose the tipi, because I wanted the complete desert experience. I wanted to feel the wind across my face and know that I was fully immersed in the native environment in all of its wild glory.
So, I stayed in a luxury tipi. And, I did soul-inspiring and rejuvenating things like waking up to watch the sunrise over the red desert sands and watching the stars through the small open hole above me in the stillness at night.
So where is this wonderfully wild place I stayed and what was it really like?
Name of the Vacation Rentals: Basecamp Terlingua
Location: Terlingua, Texas in the Chihuahuan Desert
Prime Location: It’s near Big Bend!
Rentals: Luxury tipis, casitas, bubble houses, and a historic, 100-year-old rebuilt ruin in the desert
Selling Point: Rustic glamping at its finest. The BEST of our Amenities + the Natural Experience.
At Basecamp Terlingua, I stayed in the luxury tipi known as “Bighorn tipi.” This tipi is very spacious and laid out and styled for comfort. It comes with a king-sized bed, pull out soft bed, keurig coffe maker(CHA-CHING!), electricity(YES!), a mini fridge, electric heater for the cool nights, and an evaporative cooler for the hot days.
At night, it did get cool but we stayed warm with the heated blankets that are on the bed. The daytime is very hot—because it IS the desert—but there are cooling units in every tipi which is great.
The tipi was also thoughtfully stocked with coffee cups and coffee.
It also had a seating area with two chairs and…dun, dun, dun…WIFI! So, I could unplug and rough it if I wanted to, but also—NOT completely. Because, I didn’t want to ALL the time.
One of the small touches I thought was a remarkable idea is that there are green wagons at the entrance to assist you with your luggage. This is super helpful, because then you don’t have to load up your arms and try to lug your bags along the paths as you’re huffing and puffing trying to find your tipi. The green wagons are just one of many ways that show this luxury glamping site is really looking out for you.
And truthfully, I SO appreciated the candid welcome guide tips and advice, but I had NO problems with critters or animals whatsoever. I mean this is the outdoors, but it really didn’t feel like traditional camping in that sense that I had the BEST of my creature comforts
This trip for me was all about enjoying the outdoors and relaxation.
Terlingua is a very small town, so there isn’t a lot to do but enjoy yourself at the tipi in the town itself. It really gives you a moment to step away from the world, breathe deep, or think. To me, it’s the perfect place to rejuvenate your soul, feed your mind with a good book, or carve out some space for some “deep work” thinking to brainstorm and strategize.
Terlingua is, however, in great proximity to Big Bend National Park and you can take guided hiking, walking, and jeep tours in and around Big Bend. There are a number of stunning canyons and a hot springs.
The Big Bend itself is Dubbed “Splendid Isolation”
The National Parks description of it really paints a picture of what I experienced at The Terlingua Basecamp:
“There is a place in far west Texas where the night skies are as dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone.”
It’s a place to clear the mental clutter, “nature bathe” to get all of those stress hormones down, and just get comfortable with yourself and being still.
One morning I woke up and watched the sun rise above the small hole in my tipi while lying in bed and I watched the stars in the dark night sky through that same small hole until I fell asleep each night. It was an amazing and relaxing experience.
A Little Bit of History of Terlingua
Terlingua is known as Texas’ most visited ghost town. A Mexican village was the first settlement and then in the 1880s, cinnabar, what mercury comes from, was discovered. Slowly, it awoke from its sleepy slumber until it became a sprawling mining district in the early 1900s. The mine expanded the town and made approximately $12 million by 1934, but after production declined it filed for bankruptcy in the early 1940s.
About 350 people lived in Terlingua up until the late 1940s until it declined and became a true ghost town. Due to the tourism that Big Bend has brought, today, about 250 people live in the Terlingua area.
Final Thoughts About This Wild West Texas Glamping Experience
This was a unique experience. It may not be for all travelers, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to those who don’t mind being off the grid, in a small town, and relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.
If that’s you…
If you’re a desert wanderer…
If you like to unplug, but not all the way…
If you like to camp, but also love your comforts…
Head over to Basecamp Terlingua and book your next authentic trip:
***This stay was sponsored by Basecamp Terlingua, but all thoughts and opinions and opinions are 100% my own.**