Big Bend Chat
Big Bend Community => Places of Interest Surrounding the Park => Topic started by: SHANEA on February 12, 2007, 01:23:07 PM
Anyone been here?
We're located 25 miles north of Terlingua on highway 118 or 53 miles
of Alpine on the East side.
If you get the Big Bend Gazette you might take a look at the article in
the January issue about the Cowhead Ranch. We knew of a need for visitors to board their horses while visiting and riding in the Big Bend. We're new to this business and aiming to please. Camping and cabins in an old west town and plenty of area to ride right off the ranch will delight visitors we're hoping. Come enjoy. We have horses available to ride. Great for families with kids. Don't have to be riders - you can just sit back and enjoy the view.
Anyone been here?
I live just south of Cow Head Ranch. The owners, Chris and Rita Calvin, are GREAT folk and full of great stories. They have a few SMALL cabins clustered around a campfire area, shade and various old time amenities. They have a couple of horse corrals and an assortment of horses, chickens, goats, dogs and cats. It's located in the Big Bend Valley (just west of Ninepoint Mesa) so the sunsets are spectacular but hiking is boring.
It ain't a Holiday Inn (but what self respecting Bender wants a cookie cutter motel). The biggest drawback is plumbing (or lack thereof). The guests share an outhouse. I'm not sure if there is a place to shower (other than a hose by the water tank).
I've never stayed there, but I'm sure it would be a memorable (probably in a good way :lol: ) experience.
My family and I were just at the Cowhead Ranch a few weeks ago. It was such a memorable experience that we can still name all the doggies and the horses we rode by name. They've got hook-ups and stables for folks travelling with horses and RVs but for the regular folks who watched City Slickers a few too many times, they've got gentle horses like Pete and Barbarosa.Cowboy Chris and Rita along with Sonny and Bill showed us a mighty fine time. Cowboy Chris can sing AND make homemade biscuits over an open fire. Now THAT'S what I call luxury!!! And the view of the 9 points Mesa is absolutely amazing. Now that I'm back home it's the place I go to in my heart on those days when nothing seems to work right. Now, if you're looking for a ranch -like hotel or B&B, this may not be for you. But if you want a real wild west experience, you'll feel right at home in the bunk house or having a drink in the saloon. The outhouse is modern and well- kept with none of those "outhousey" smells and the shower has the hottest water and the best water pressure for miles around. In the middle of the desert, you can really appreciate that! All in all, I can't wait to get back. Too bad we live thousands of miles away in Switzerland. But I've got a 4 year old that won't stop talking about the place so we'll have to start planning our return trip. Chris, y'all keep a light on fer us!!