Big Bend lodging, running the gamut from rural campgrounds to luxury hotels, offers access to one of the prettiest stretches of scenery in the entire Lone Star State. Few places are as scenic as Big Bend National Park, and this outdoor wonderland draws all types of people. Some come to enjoy the views and relax, while others come for adventure. Both of these types—and everyone in between—will need a place to stay once the sun starts sinking below this scenic horizon.
As the only one of the Big Bend National Park hotels within in the confines of the park, Chisos Mountains Lodge has more going for it than an convenient location. The lodge, located at Basin Rural Station, features 72 affordable guestrooms with air conditioning and heat as well in-room coffee. The motel-style rooms share a breezeway and overlook the mountains, and the upgraded Casa Grande-level rooms have even more space to relax and enjoy the views. Other lodging options include some Big Bend cabins and rooms in the Emory Peak Lodge. These rooms have ceiling fans rather than air conditioning. You won't find TVs in these rooms, and cell phone connectivity is limited, so this choice for Big Bend lodging will help you really get away from it all. The Internet is available in the lobby, for those who need to stay connected. Chisos also has an onsite restaurant, which is happy to pack to-go lunches. You'll also find a gift shop stocked with souvenirs, gifts, and items made by local artists.
Even though the rest of the Big Bend National Park hotels are located outside of the park bounds, that doesn't mean they're far away. Sister property Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa is an easy drive to the national park and the state park also named Big Bend. The resort looks like something straight out of the Old West, complete with all the modern comforts. The guestrooms and suites, 92 in all, offer an array of configurations and decors. Whether you're staying in one of the rooms loaded with cowboy chic or Victorian charm of the Calvary Post rooms, you'll enjoy comfortable surroundings. In-room perks include coffee service, air conditioning, and wireless Internet access. The suites, decorated in Southwestern style, come with a separate bedroom, kitchen, and living room. Each of the suites has a balcony or patio perfect for soaking in the views. Beyond the guestrooms, this option for Big Bend lodging offers a lot of amenities for its guests. The cafe and lounge serve tasty meals and drinks, while the spa serves up relaxation. Outdoor recreation is a popular activity around here. The list of things to do is long and includes Jeep tours, horseback riding, and white-water rafting. The pool and championship golf course also draw a lot of attention.
Another one of the Big Bend National Park hotels perfect for Texas getaways, the Mining Company is a smaller property. Its 30 rooms and cabins can sell out quickly, but those who make reservations are treated to warm welcomes and some amazing views. The rooms, which vary in size from deluxe motel-style rooms to spacious condos, all offer quiet and comfort. The cabins and condos come equipped with kitchen facilities and plenty of extra space to enjoy. The Mining Company is located in Terlingua, an old mining town just a few miles from the national park.
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