I jumped at a chance to go on a backpacking adventure in Big Bend National Park with Stillhouse recently. Accommodations in Terlingua and near Big Bend go quickly since supply is limited in the West Texas desert. Before and after the backpacking excursion we stayed at Terlingua Nights Cabins in Study (pronounced stew-de as in studious) Butte. Right off of Highway 118, these cabins are about ten minutes from Terlingua Ghost Town and the entrance to Big Bend National Park. They’re more affordable that some of the other glamming accommodations you’ll find in the area.
We arrived shortly before sunset. There are five cabins and three hotel-style rooms. We had three of the small cabins and one room. The rooms are signifcantly larger than the cabins. Each has art work, a coffee maker, and a mini fridge stocked with a variety of coffee flavors and water, which you need to drink a lot of in the desert. You’ll likely quickly notice there is no en-suite bathroom in the cabins or rooms. There is a bathhouse with two sides. Each side has an open sink area, two toilet rooms, and one room with a shower, toilet, and sink.
We quickly got settled and sat out in the Adirondack chairs to watch a glorious West Texas sunset. Just as we walked across the street for dinner the full moon was rise above the cabins. We had dinner at Chili Pepper Cafe. Since they only have a beer and wine license, I ordered wine margarita to sip while I chowed down on veggie enchiladas to fuel up for the backpacking adventure.
After a good night’s rest, I was up early and caught the moon setting. I sipped coffee while enjoying the view as the sun came up before venturing into Big Bend National Park on a guided backpacking trip with Big Bend Boating and Hiking Company.
Author Jennifer Broome has been to Big Bend National Park and the Terlingua and Study Butte area multiple times. It’s one of her favorite places on earth. For more on things to do, check out post My Favorite Spots in Terlingua and Girls Weekend in Big Bend.
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