It's not often that we stay at a place that far exceeds expectations. But 10 Bits Ranch was just that. Nestled between mountains and rock formations that strongly resemble the "Garden of the Gods" and located only a short drive from Big Bend National Park, 10 Bits Ranch provided us a truly remote mountain/desert experience with a very clean, comfortable, and attractive room. This bed and continental breakfast place looks like an old west ghost town from the road with 5 or 6 creatively designed buildings clustered together. The decor in our room was "rustic/plush southwest", and the hosts were truly great and went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. Steve is an ex-park ranger and part-time archeologist and had super suggestions about where to go and what to see in Big Bend.
The views from 10 Bits were fabulous. All you could see was desert and mountains in all directions with absolutely no other signs of human presence. There weren't even any contrails.. Yet it was only a 15 minute drive to the nearest towns (Study Butte and Terlingua) and about a 20 to 25 minute drive to the entrance to Big Bend National Park.
The choices of places with beds to sleep in (as opposed to camping) anywhere near Big Bend National Park are pretty slim -- some not so spiffy looking places in Study Butte and Terlingua, an overpriced resort in Lajitas, and the lodge in the park itself, which is booked years in advance. If you are looking for a place that's nice, reasonably priced, and has a chance of being available at short notice, 10 Bits Ranch is the place! We'll go back for sure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ten Bits Ranch is situated within the spectacular landscape of Texas' Big Bend country, only 20 minutes north of Big Bend National Park and Terlingua. Our secluded, desert setting feature gorgeous views and an enchanting atmosphere for travelers who value individual attention and a unique vacation experience. Guest rooms are themed around our Old West town of "Chimney Rock". All rooms feature a fireplace, private deck, private bath and authentic decor. Fascinating archeological and geological tours are available at the Ranch and in Big Bend National Park. All rooms are non-smoking. Nightly entertainment around a campfire. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ten Bits Ranch Hotel Terlingua
- 10 Bits Ranch