A truly special place offering the quintessential Texan experience, Cibolo Creek Ranch encompasses three historic forts on 30,000 acres in the spectacular Big Bend region of West Texas.

The Atmosphere at Cibolo Creek Ranch

Legend has it that in the mid-19th century two men fought a deadly duel in the American West. The victor left town and fled to far West Texas where he settled in the majestic Big Bend region. That man, Milton Flaver, started life anew and amassed a vast ranching empire now known as Cibolo Creek Ranch.

The western half of the Lone Star State is characterized by endless horizons, dramatic mountains and star-filled skies. Five miles down a gravel road, between the fascinating modern art outpost of Marfa and the splendor of Big Bend National Park, sits Cibolo Creek Ranch. Nestled at the foot of rolling mountains, the ranch is a beautiful low adobe structure, part of which incorporates the meticulously restored original fort.

Initially bought and renovated as a private home, a stay here can feel a little like a house party in a Scottish lodge. The owner’s impressive art collection and tasteful antiques add to the feeling of stepping into another world. There’s a convivial atmosphere and guests gather for cocktails in the evening before enjoying dinner together in the dining room.

With 30,000 acres to explore, abundant wildlife and fascinating historical sites, including Native American rock art and the 19th century forts, built by Faver as defense against raiding Apaches, your days will be kept busy. The ranch provides a range of activities including riding, hiking, a humvee mountain tour or as night falls, stargazing parties. For those more inclined to relax and soak up the surroundings, there is a pool area as well as a spa.

Your Room

Rooms are arranged around the central courtyard, shaded by mesquite and oak trees. Each is unique and meticulously decorated with all signs of modernity carefully concealed. Mexican and Spanish antiques are complemented by hand-stitched quilts, vintage lamps and original artwork. Most have a working adobe fireplace and large bathrooms.

Need to Know

The main ranch, Cibolo Creek, is the hub of the estate but guests can also choose to stay in the remote and picturesque La Cienega property. For the truly adventurous, the utterly secluded La Morita fort has space for one couple. With no electricity, you’ll be relying on oil lamps and a wood stove.

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