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Leapin' Lizard Guest House and Campsite

SuperhostTerlingua, Texas, United States
Entire cabin hosted by Bryn
3 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bath
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A charming solar/rain-catchment adobe and stone cabin in a prime location, very private, with an unbeatable view of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend NP. This small off-grid/solar/rain-catchment cabin offers a queen sized bed, and a comfortable cot that can sleep an extra person. Also available is a campsite with a raised tent pad and picnic table.

The space
AUGUST 8, 2020. A BRIEF NOTE ON COVID 19:
The Leapin' Lizard has been closed now for more than 5 months due to the pandemic. I am changing a few procedures concerning accepting reservations, meeting my guests, orienting folks as to how the house's systems work, and cleaning and safety protocols, before reopening on September 1st.
1) Before accepting your reservation, I'll be asking a few questions about how you have dealt with pandemic safety protocols in your daily lives. You can rest assured that I have adhered to safe practices in my own life.
2) I'll be sending guests instructions on finding the guest house, rather than meeting them in person and guiding them here.
3) I'll be providing paper copy inside the guest house as to how things work, where to find the drinking water, etc., rather than orienting people in a personal walk-through.
4) At the end of your stay, please strip your own linens and put them and used towels in the plastic trash bag provided, inside the hamper in the bedroom. Also wash thoroughly in hot water all dirty dishes, leaving them to dry in the rack provided.
5) If for any reason we need to interact directly, masks will be worn by everyone and a social distance of 6' is required.
Please understand; I miss my guests, but in order to open safely, these requirements must be met by all. I allow an day with no guests before and after your stay in order to clean safely, and will do my part, as always, by providing an impeccably clean and sanitized place to enjoy.
That being said, thanks for your interest in the Leapin' Lizard! The Leapin' Lizard Guest House is a small rain-catchment and solar-powered adobe and stone house on 20 acres, located 2 miles from Terlingua Ghostown, the cultural center of Terlingua's universe. It's convenient to both Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. Hiking, mountain biking, rafting and canoeing, atv, jeep, air tours and golf are all activities close by. The porch of the Terlingua Trading Company in the Ghostown is the local 'family room', where live music is often played. The Starlight Theatre, also in the Ghostown, offers fine dining and music as well. La Kiva is another popular restaurant nearby.
The Leapin' Lizard sits at the end of a dirt road - very private and peaceful, with a great view of the Chisos Mts. in Big Bend Nat. Park. It's located 1.5 miles off of the pavement, but it's a good road, maintained by a p.o.a., and fine in any weather for any vehicle with normal clearance.
Water at the guest house is provided by a rain-water collection system, fairly common here in our desert. Mindfulness about the amount of water you use is important here. The Leapin' Lizard is also a solar-powered place, and while there are lights, plus you can charge any usual devices you may have, I recommend that you leave high-electricity-use items such as hair dryers at home. Please don't bring ANY appliances of your own such as fans, coffee-makers, MEDICAL DEVICES or electronic toys... An oscillating floor fan is provided during the warm months.
The adobe has a very comfortable queen-size bed, with linens and towels provided. The guest house really serves two people best, but if you have up to four people total in your group, a campsite with a raised tent pad, fire pit, and picnic table is available for overflow for $20 per person per night and can accommodate two. There is also a cot available, which works well for a third adult or a child. Please ask for more information on including a third person. No toddlers, though, as there are safety concerns; the house sits in a native environment and there are steps, rocks, and cacti all around. If you have young children that you hope to have stay, let's talk about it first.
Wi-fi is available on the property, but not accessible inside the guest house. You'll find a good signal and a comfortable place to sit at the campsite.
The outdoor kitchen has what you need to fix meals from breakfast burritos to steaks, including a small propane refrigerator, a 4-burner cook top, and a charcoal Weber grill. There is no oven and no microwave. Drinking water and spices are provided, as well as coffee. The coffee systems are a choice of a porcelain Melita cone/ filter and insulated carafe, or a French press, which are ready for coffee lovers upon arrival. There are plenty of dishes and utensils of all kinds. The kitchen facility is simple but very serviceable. The sink is an old enamel/cast iron one from the 50's, with built-in drain boards and cupboard space below. There's a large stainless steel container with a faucet that provides water to the sink. You can also bring hot water for dish washing from the spigot located in the outdoor shower a few steps away, in the enameled kettle provided for that purpose. Simple, but it works.
The, ahem, bathroom facilities are about 30' from the house, in a little adobe structure that houses a county approved propane incinerating toilet, and the most necessary requirement - a seat with a view. An incinerating toilet is meant mostly for solid waste, but can also handle some liquid. Peeing in the great outdoors is not a requirement and at your discretion, but is greatly appreciated. The stone outdoor shower is plenty private, yet you can still enjoy the view of the mountains over the top of its cedar gate. There's plenty of hot water, of course. There is also a separate campsite convenient to the guest house, equipped with a 15'x15' raised tent pad and a picnic table. If you are interested in setting up a tent for, say, your teenagers, or another couple, consider the campsite an option.
There's a patio that's separate from the house, shaded by a raised deck. You're welcome to throw down a sleeping bag and sleep under the stars up on the deck, or just enjoy the sunset view from a different perspective.
There's another building, which began life as a two-stall horse barn, about 200 feet west of the rental (the porch/ main windows/ views from the rental face east, towards the National Park). It's being converted into a home now, and is where I live. I understand, however, that peace and privacy are two of the best things about being at my guest house, and I make certain you have plenty of both. Hope to see you in Terlingua!

Guest access
You have access to the whole 20 acres, the adobe bedroom, the porch, which contains the kitchen area, has a small dining table, and comfortable seating for relaxing with a book or enjoying the view. The stone addition to the adobe can be used to set up a cot for a third person, and also has a sink and countertop. There is also a separate 8'-high deck, nice for stargazing or throwing down a sleeping bag, with a shaded area on the stone patio below. Up on the deck is a great place to be, weather permitting, during any of the meteor showers that occur throughout the year. Also a nice place to just enjoy the mountain view! Please, no extra people are allowed on the premises for parties or gatherings other than your own group, without asking first.

Other things to note
I feed the birds here regularly, and you're likely to see a variety of feathered locals at the feeder, especially in the spring. Scaled quail come in, as do Scott's orioles and Mexican cardinals. It's common to hear the coyotes singing in the evening or early morning. There are also several great horned owls that hoot regularly in the early hours of the morning, mostly during the warmer months...
A charming solar/rain-catchment adobe and stone cabin in a prime location, very private, with an unbeatable view of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend NP. This small off-grid/solar/rain-catchment cabin offers a queen sized bed, and a comfortable cot that can sleep an extra person. Also available is a campsite with a raised tent pad and picnic table.

The space
AUGUST 8, 2020. A BRIEF NOTE ON COVID…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed

Amenities

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Room-darkening shades
First aid kit
Private entrance
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Free parking on premises
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Terlingua, Texas, United States

Some things I love about my 'neighborhood' are the view! And the quiet! And the proximity to area attractions... I also consider the folks across the Rio Grande to be my neighbors and friends, and if you are so inclined and have a passport, it can be a wonderful experience to cross over (by rowboat) into the village of Boquillas, Coahuilla, Mexico. Located across the river from Rio Grande Village in Big Bend National Park, the crossing reopened there (finally!) awhile back. I mention it here so that if this interests you, you'll know to bring your passport.
Some things I love about my 'neighborhood' are the view! And the quiet! And the proximity to area attractions... I also consider the folks across the Rio Grande to be my neighbors and friends, and if you are so…
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Almost all errands require a car.
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Minimal bike infrastructure.

Hosted by Bryn

Joined in June 2013
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I've been a resident of Terlingua 34 years. I came here initially to paint - I'm a watercolor landscape painter mostly - but fell in love with this country and decided to stay. I'm a horse person and have guided horse trips up to 3 days in length here in Big Bend country. In the past I have worked for the trails division in the national park as a mule packer, worked for the Wind River District of the U.S. Forest Service in Wyoming as a wilderness ranger, and worked for a river company here for 9 years. I once rode solo 900 miles from the Rio Grande River to Santa Fe, N.M. (Solo as in with 2 horses and my dog...) I've been know to play a Martin acoustic guitar and write songs... I built the Leapin' Lizard a bit at a time, as we mostly do here in Terlingua. That's the best way to create a labor of love.
I've been a resident of Terlingua 34 years. I came here initially to paint - I'm a watercolor landscape painter mostly - but fell in love with this country and decided to stay. I'm…
During your stay
I'm available to address any needs and questions my guests may have, but unless they initiate fellowship, I give folks plenty of space and privacy. I've met some wonderful people who have stayed with me, but understand that everyone is different and some are more interested in friendly interaction than others. I've lived in Big Bend 35 years and am happy to share my knowledge of the place, the outfitters and activities here, some of the best hikes to do, etc. Feel free to ask! There are also a few chores I do around the place, such as watering plants and checking on your drinking water supply, that I take care of as unobtrusively as possible - generally when you are out and about enjoying your day.
I'm available to address any needs and questions my guests may have, but unless they initiate fellowship, I give folks plenty of space and privacy. I've met some wonderful people…
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House rules
Check-in: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for children (2-12 years)
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Health & safety
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Climbing or play structure
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm