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12 Awe-Inspiring Airbnbs Near Big Bend National Park

by Arthur McMahon
Updated April 02, 2021

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Big Bend National Park is among the most remote National Parks in the lower 48 states.

Located in southwest Texas along the northern bank of the Rio Grande River, Big Bend National Park lies along the border with Mexico and is home to a vast expanse of exceptional desert scenery.

The Chisos Mountains reside in the heart of the park. They’re an isolated range of peaks that have an ecosystem all their own, and, even though they’re surrounded by many miles of arid desert, these mountains are home to a growing population of black bears.

There is a lot to see in Big Bend, with a surprising number of awesome day hikes in the mountains and along the Rio Grande. There’s also a seemingly endless backcountry prime for exploration on feet or with a high-clearance 4×4 vehicle.

The landscape outside of the park is also quite breathtaking, and nearly as remote. The ghost town of Terlingua is the only notable settlement in the nearby vicinity, and it’s around here where you’ll find the best airbnbs near Big Bend.

1. Terluna Off-Grid Adobe Dome

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Why you should stay: Low-key desert living in a solar-powered lime plaster dome.

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $107 per night

Soak up spectacular desert sunrises and sunsets at this Terluna Off-Grid Adobe Dome. It’s a cozy and well-insulated mud-plaster home that’s powered by the sun and supplied with water from the rainclouds.

You’ll have a direct line of sight to Big Bend’s Chisos Mountains from the outdoor hammock lounge and shower station. The surrounding area is under a dark sky ordinance, too, which means you’re in for a star-studded showcase of the galaxy on clear nights.

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2. Casa Vista Grande

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Why you should stay: To access Big Bend National Park all you need to do is step off the patio and start walking.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 night
  • Rates from: $285 per night

Casa Vista Grande has all the comforts of home, and it also comes with unimpeded views of the national park that stretch out to the horizon. The accommodations are well-suited for a family of four with large beds, a full kitchen, on-site laundry, and everything else you could ask for.

It’s also conveniently close to town, yet far enough into the desert for total peace and tranquility. It’ll be difficult to pull yourself away from the patio, though, as it is the perfect place to watch the stars, scan the surrounding desert landscape, and to spend time with friends and family around the fire pit.

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3. Crystal Mountain One

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Why you should stay: Total seclusion on 65 acres of Chihuahuan Desert.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 night
  • Rates from: $250 per night

Escape from it all at Crystal Mountain One. This remote modern cabin has its own desert hills and a mountain for you to explore. The accommodations are rustic, yet refined, and will leave you feeling like royalty on your very own southern Texas desert estate.

You’ll never have to share the property with anyone else, but if you do have a large party you can contact the host to also reserve Crystal Mountain Two, the other home on the property, to comfortably fit your entire crew.

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4. Tiny Terlingua

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Why you should stay: The home is tiny, but the views are expansive.

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $130 per night

Tiny Terlingua is adorable in its simplicity. It’s the perfect spot for a couple who doesn’t mind rubbing elbows with one another, and there is enough room for three should you have a child or friend tagging along.

Plants and outdoor seating festoon the exterior of the home, inviting guests to enjoy the outdoors as often as they can during their stay. While the tiny home is well-equipped for its size, there is also an exterior bathhouse with a full restroom inside that is hooked up to flowing water.

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5. Pancho Villa

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Why you should stay: Kick it in a unique airstream with funky fresh Spanish styling on 90 private acres.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 night
  • Rates from: $99 per night

Life is what you make of it at Pancho Villa. It’s like a remote desert retreat — there’s on-site hiking trails, a bath house, multiple RV rentals, seating areas, fire pits, and artwork aplenty. Speaking of resorts, the Terlingua Ranch Lodge is but four miles down the road where you can enjoy the likes of a swimming pool and restaurant.

You’ll also be situated only a handful of miles from Big Bend National Park, so long as you have a high clearance vehicle, otherwise the paved route is a bit longer. Guests are also provided with painting supplies and are encouraged to add their own personal designs to the growing collection of painted rock gardens on the property. How fun!

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6. Casa Luna

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Why you should stay: A thoughtfully designed lodge-like stay near town and the national park.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 night
  • Rates from: $245 per night

Originally constructed a yoga studio desert retreat, Casa Luna is like a mini resort that you’ll be able to call your own. The interior is absolutely stunning, and the rear patio area is an excellent place to relax in the shade, soak up the sun, and take in the marvelous views.

There is a separate bathhouse on the property that is as well-designed as the main home. Everywhere you turn you will be amazed by the intricate stonework that forms the structure of this home.

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7. Mel’s Place Cabin

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Why you should stay: A private off-grid cabin on 20 acres just outside of town.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 night
  • Rates from: $168 per night

Secluded, yet conveniently located, Mel’s Place Cabin is the ideal backcountry desert escape for those who don’t want to be too far from the grocery store. This place is miles from the nearest powerline, though the appliances are solar-powered, and there is a rainwater basin that provides water to the cabin.

That said, town is only a few minutes down the road, as is the entrance to the national park. You’ll have your own private view of the Chisos Mountains, which are beautifully framed by a pair of smaller mountains that are closer to the property, from the cabin’s screened sun porch and backyard chair swing. It’s romantic, rustic, and oh so serene.

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8. Terlingua Mine Lofthouse

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Why you should stay: Get the full southwest Texas experience by staying in this renovated piece of history.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 night
  • Rates from: $159 per night

The Terlingua Mine Lofthouse was originally built several hundred years ago, but has recently been updated to meet modern expectations of comfort. It’s located in the heart of a ghost town full of historic ruins, and it’s within walking distance to a coffee shop, a bar, and several restaurants.

The building has a fully equipped kitchen and an exterior bathhouse. Interestingly, it also has an exterior covered bedroom for those who want to sleep under the stars. This is the type of place where memories are made.

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9. The Local Chapter Luxury Yurt

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Why you should stay: Plush accommodations steps away from Big Bend’s main entrance.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 night
  • Rates from: $424 per night

This Local Chapter Luxury Yurt is the ultimate getaway for adventurers interested in the remoteness of the national park who also prefer the finer things in life. The minimalist decor is lifted by the quality of its opulence with such fine touches as SFERRA Italian bed linens and a high-powered Orion telescope.

It’s also an adults-only retreat set on 400 private acres that are open for you to explore. You’ll have a fire pit beside a large arroyo, electricity, running water, and panoramic views of the surrounding terrain. You’ll soon be blowing up your Instagram with shots from this spot.

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10. The Widow’s Peak Cabin

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Why you should stay: A quintessential wooden cabin on 30 acres near the Christmas Mountains.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 night
  • Rates from: $235 per night

The Widows Peak Cabin is one of three identical cabins on the same property. If this one is booked, of you’re looking for somewhere else to stow your road trip buddies, you can can also take a look at the Widow Peak Cabin #2 and #3.

These are all new and immaculate cabins set on private acreage north of the ghost town of Terlingua, beyond which lies Big Bend National Park. Each cabin is fitted with a covered deck from which you can watch the sunset over the distant mountains and roadrunners in your front yard as they flee from the wily coyotes.

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11. Deep Rock

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Why you should stay: Seclusion and hilltop vistas conveniently located between Terlingua and Study Butte.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $182 per night

Deep Rock Suite is a duplex of which you can reserve either suite, or both at once. Suite A and suite B are identical to one another, but with a reversed floor plan. The duplex design allows for each side to have its own privacy as only the separated shower house shares a wall between the two units.

Inside, the decor is minimal, bright, and comfortable. The multitude of windows allow for an abundance of natural light to spill into the home. Each unit has an outdoor firepit, and the views are exquisite. The home sits on a foothill below Cigar Mountain, providing it with sweeping hilltop views.

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12. Javelina Hideout

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Why you should stay: It’s a stylish and contemporary desert abode with amenities galore.

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 night
  • Rates from: $261 per night

Javelina Hideout is among the most amenity-rich and fashionable places to stay anywhere near Big Bend National Park. While already featuring more basic accommodations than many of the other more rustic places have on this list, you’ll also be able to enjoy high speed WiFi, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor bar and picnic area, an on-site trail, and a propane firebowl.

If that’s not enough to convince you, then the seclusion and natural beauty of the location surely will. This home sits on the edge of a rural neighborhood and has uninterrupted views in several directions, and the area is frequented by the likes of jackrabbits, toads, and many other desert-dwelling creatures.

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