Cactus Corazón: Comfortable, Spacious & Secluded

Alpine, Texas

Cactus Corazón: Relax in comfort in a secluded and spacious three-bedroom home on Terlingua Ranch.
• Three Bedrooms and Two Full Baths
• Large Kitchen, Dining, Living Room
• Secluded Location for Privacy on 40 Acres
• Expansive Mountain Views
• Central Heat & Air, Washer & Dryer

The Space:
EXTRA FEES MAY APPLY. These might not appear in quote and will be added if applicable.
Extra Guest Fee: $10 nightly for the 5th through 8th guests.

Located in the scenic Cedar Springs region of Terlingua Ranch, Cactus Corazón is a 40-acre private homestead with a spacious three-bedroom, two bathroom manufactured home. The home is well appointed with three new queen-sized beds and two sofa beds. It sleeps eight comfortably. The large living room, dining room, and kitchen area is open and ideal for spending time together.

Cactus Corazón, formerly known as Timeless Ranch, is remote enough for absolute privacy, but still with access to Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, the Rio Grande River, Terlingua, and the Terlingua Ghost Town. It is also close to the Terlingua Ranch Lodge, with access to the pool for a $5 daily use fee per vehicle. Activities on the property include hiking, birding, watching wildlife, stargazing, photography, and bike-riding on the local Terlingua Ranch Roads.

Come on out to Cactus Corazón. Lose track of time, shed the stresses and worries of daily life, and reconnect with nature, family, and friends. The property and the region offer endless opportunities for activities or the tranquility to enjoy doing nothing at all.

The Neighborhood:
TERLINGUA RANCH: Located between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park and including much of the town of Terlingua, Terlingua Ranch is a private subdivision of over 190,000 acres, divided into 9,500 tracts owned by about 5,000 individuals and crisscrossed by 1,100 miles of dirt and rock roads. Tracts range from five acres to several hundred acres. It is some of the most rugged and scenic land in Texas.

Back in the 1960’s, the Ghost Town and much of what later became “Terlingua Ranch” was owned by racing legend and car designer extraordinaire, Carol Shelby and some of his friends. The decided to promote the area by holding a chili cook-off in the then abandoned Ghost Town. That little stunt of a cook-off grew into CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) which now hosts nearly 500 chili cook-offs around the nation and internationally, all leading up the championship cook-off every year in Terlingua. Shelby and friends later subdivided the Ranch and started selling it off to hunters and rugged naturalists. Over the decades, the area was reborn and an eclectic community of nature lovers, artists, musicians, adventurers, and folks just wanting to escape from “civilization” has grown and started to resettle this rough country.

People have come and gone. New buildings have risen while others have fallen, Dreams have been realized and others crushed. Through it all, the land remains. The harsh desert and vast openness encourages positive development and slowly swallows up and recovers from past abuses. The old cinnabar mine sites and ranching outposts persist as relics and ghost towns, some redeveloped, some carefully preserved, and others dissolving back into the desert. Abandoned dreams eventually become points of interests for those of us that stumble upon them decades later. Terlingua Ranch is a bizarre mix of old and new, good and bad, growth and decline, all completely unregulated. Modern homes with high values and stunning designs stand beside dilapidated do-it-yourself mistakes and abandoned ruins of the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

The landscape is even more varied than the people and the structures. Rugged mountains, deep canyons, wild arroyos, dry and wet creeks, peaceful valleys, breathtaking badlands, moonscape like mud flats, the remains of ancient volcanoes, and fossilized ancient seabeds. All of it nurturing a vast array of plant life and wildlife. Around every corner and over every hill lies new and unexpected surprises.

The Ranch is now home to a few hundred hardy souls. It is also dotted with a diverse array of vacation rental lodging options and campsites. Like the diverse land, they range in quality, style, value, and price. A few are amazing dream destinations. Some are good places to sleep. Others are the stuff of nightmares. (We don’t manage any in the nightmare category.)

Big Bend Vacation Rentals started out in 2007 and initially managed three of the first four vacation rentals in the Terlingua and Terlingua Ranch area. We now manage dozens out of a couple of hundred options. We represent dozens of property owners and have hosted tens of thousands of guests. You can trust us as managers, and you can rely on the properties that we manage. We have become very selective about the properties and the property owners that we add to our portfolio. Visit our website at

Other Things to Note:
SOME CHARGES MAY BE BILLED SEPARATELY: Some listing services are not able to include certain taxes or fees in their online quotes and invoices. If an applicable tax or fee is not included on an automatic quote or invoice, a supplemental charge will be added to cover the relevant taxes or fees.

Hotel Tax: 6% State and 7% County.
Cleaning Fee: $125 per stay.
Extra Guest Fee: $10 nightly for the 5th through 8th guests.

Interaction with Guests:
We manage several properties and live few miles away. We are available by phone, text, email, or messages through Airbnb. We are typically only on site for cleaning or maintenance issues.



  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Oven
  • Stove


  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • First Aid Kit


  • Smoke Detector


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Heating


  • Lawn/Garden

Houses Rules

  • 04:00 PM
  • 11:00 AM
  • No parties/events
  • Smoking allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Children allowed
  • Max occupancy: 8


Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

31 Reviews

    Nice getaway

    5/5 Stayed Jun 18, 2021
    Submitted Jun 20, 2021

    The property was very clean. Super cute house!!!


    5/5 Stayed Apr 9, 2021
    Submitted Apr 12, 2021

    We came down with 4 telescopes it was amazing. We took several pictures of galaxies, the spiral galaxies were the best. With a bortle of a 1 it did not disappoint.

    Had a great trip loved the stars at night

    5/5 Stayed Mar 3, 2021
    Submitted Mar 7, 2021

    We had a great trip and I will come back again. Thank You All.

    Perfect GET AWAY

    5/5 Stayed Jan 2, 2021
    Submitted Jan 7, 2021

    This property was perfect for us. The house was very roomy and spacious and well furnished. But the location was the fifth star. We like to be away, far away, from everything. This place was it. Wasn't too far from Big Bend or Terlingua, but far away from civilization. Beautiful and quiet place. Will be staying here again!

    The Place to Get Away

    5/5 Stayed Jan 2, 2021
    Submitted Jan 17, 2021

    We completely enjoyed our stay here. It's very quiet and secluded and surrounded by beautiful views all the way around. The house has a lot of room and would have been ideal for the family that was supposed to be with us. It just wound up being my wife and I and we got to just enjoy each other while there. It's also not too far to Big Bend at all. We'll be going back to this place.

    A beautiful, well maintained home in the Texas desert.

    4/5 Stayed Nov 11, 2020
    Submitted Nov 19, 2020

    We were happy to find accommodations that allowed 5 adults to have plenty of space. The drive out of the ranch was a bit arduous but overall we were very happy with our stay.

    Very comfortable

    5/5 Stayed Jun 27, 2020
    Submitted Jul 2, 2020

    Was looking for a place to feel remote and this was it. Had everything we needed. Beautiful views without even going into Big Bend. If you want to feel off the grid, then this place would be perfect.

    So peaceful

    5/5 Stayed Feb 25, 2020
    Submitted Mar 2, 2020

    The house exceeded our expectations. It was really well equipped but there was still lots of storage space for our things. Everything was comfortable. We enjoyed being able to relax in an incredibly peaceful environment. On clear nights the night sky was spectacular. It was a great place to stay.

    Timeless Ranch Feb 18 - 20, 2020

    4/5 Stayed Feb 18, 2020
    Submitted Feb 21, 2020

    Our overall stay was great! The reason I gave the Timeless Ranch less than a perfect score is that the there were several things that did not work in the home. The main item that did not work was the internet. I was scheduled to do a quarterley report on my pacemaker function the morning of February 20 which I could not do because there is no mobile phone service nor was there an internet connection. The main lights in the kitchen would not come on. (Probably need a couple of new bulbs) The lamp on the right side of the bed in the master bedroom does not work and the hair dryer in the master bathroom does not work. (Trips the GFI when you plug it in) The back door could use a railing for us less stable people who do not want to fall off the steps. We were pleasantly surprised by the great selection of books in your library as well as the comfortable beds in all of the bedrooms. Overall Timeless Ranch would get a perfect score from us if there were some minor maintenance items taken care of. Thank you for a great stay. We enjoyed the remote location of your home and the proximity to Big Bend National Park which we totally enjoyed.

    Enjoyable stay

    5/5 Stayed Jan 1, 2020
    Submitted Jan 6, 2020

    Lots of room, inside and out, and this place offered a great way to get away for a few days during our Big Bend trip. The kitchen and rest of the house was well-stocked, and everything was clean and in good repair. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to friends who are looking for some solitude, beautiful views, dark nights and starry skies.

    Great Stay!

    5/5 Stayed Dec 27, 2019
    Submitted Jan 12, 2020

    We had an absolutely wonderful stay. The peace and quiet is like nothing I've ever experienced. Will be back!

    Excellent Location

    5/5 Stayed Oct 23, 2019
    Submitted Oct 29, 2019

    The property was perfect for what we were looking for: Isolation, clean, well equipt, functional. Will definitely stay at this property, and recommend this property, for each visit to area. The dirt road was a little rough, I would highly recommend 4x4, trucks, cars with good road clearance.

    Awesome to get away from it all!!

    5/5 Stayed Jun 16, 2019
    Submitted Jul 1, 2019

    Great stay, with the exception of the hail storm!! Loved coming back to this well appointed, super comfortable house after spending the days in Big bend. Would stay again!!

    Initial concerns addressed by property manager.

    3/5 Stayed Jun 7, 2019
    Submitted Jun 22, 2019

    I'd love to give Timeless Ranch a 5-star review. The property was remote which allowed us to enjoy the starry night sky. The home was well equipped for my family of 5. Unfortunately, upon check-in, it was obvious that the home had been unoccupied for a few weeks and mice had found their way into the home. At first we weren't too concerned - it was was just mice and not rats. The next morning, it was obvious that there was a LOT more rodent activity overnight despite our presence and we decided that it might not be the best environment for kids. We contacted Daryl, the property manager, who promptly swung into action. He found us an alternate property for the remainder of our stay, had cleaners sweep the house for a deep clean, placed traps around the house himself, and scheduled an exterminator to come out to ensure the problem was resolved permanently. Our visit to Big Bend was awesome thanks to Daryl and his support. While Timeless Ranch was not ideal for us (at that time in that condition), it was still a great property and will suit future visitors well once the mice have been evicted.

    Timeless getaway

    5/5 Stayed May 24, 2019
    Submitted May 28, 2019

    Timeless Ranch was a cozy getaway from the rest of the world. The house was very well stocked with towels, blankets, games, kitchen items, even shampoo and butter! We enjoyed it very much. Everything was in good working condition and clean. Time runs slower at Big Bend. Distances are very far, but the drive is beautiful. House is on a dirt road and 40 min drive to anywhere. Use water sparingly. We ran out of water on the last day (4th day) with 7 people showering daily.

    Star Man

    5/5 Stayed May 2, 2019
    Submitted May 6, 2019

    Wonderful! Way beyond our expectations. Clean, comfortable with a personal touch. We felt very at home and the astronomy skies were magical.


    4/5 Stayed Apr 19, 2019
    Submitted May 2, 2019

    We satisfied with property.

    Great place to stay

    5/5 Stayed Apr 12, 2019
    Submitted Apr 17, 2019

    The Timeless Ranch had everything we needed, with plenty of room for the whole family. Very clean, comfortable, private, and spacious. Will book again for our next trip to Texas. Ed and Carla Luzadder

    Good place to stay

    5/5 Stayed Mar 29, 2019
    Submitted Apr 14, 2019

    We used the house as our base to go to big bend national park. The house was clean, the beds were great. It worked out well for us. Thanks!

    The cleanest vacation house!

    5/5 Stayed Mar 12, 2019
    Submitted Mar 22, 2019

    This home was the cleanest vacation house we had ever stayed. The house was well stocked with everything you need and more. The location was very good, the dirt road to get to the house was not as rough as some of the other ones in the area.


    5/5 Stayed Mar 9, 2019
    Submitted Nov 2, 2019

    We loved staying here. It was exactly the remote location we were hoping for. Very relaxing with beautiful views and about 45 mins from Big Bend main entrance. The home itself was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed and more! Thank you for sharing your property with me and my kids for our spring break trip!

    Great place to stay!

    5/5 Stayed Feb 23, 2019
    Submitted Feb 27, 2019

    We really enjoyed our stay here. The owners provided everything we could possibly need. The kitchen was truly well stocked (many places we have stayed claim this, but are so far from it.)! The bed was very comfortable. The night sky is amazing. We would definitely come back.


    5/5 Stayed Feb 17, 2019
    Submitted Feb 22, 2019

    We can to this area to spend time landscape painting at Big Bend . This house was spacious, clean , comfortable beds .... huge living room. It had everything we neede. It was a bit off the beaten path but out here in this area what isn’t? And we enjoyed being away from it all. Thank you we hope to be returning.

    Excellent Location for Exploring the Big Bend Area

    5/5 Stayed Feb 5, 2019
    Submitted Feb 15, 2019

    The description of Timeless Ranch was completely accurate. The house was clean, comfortable and well equipped. The location is great for exploring the surrounding area, including Big Bend. Peaceful, quiet and comfortable. A great place to relax. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to be.

    Nice place.

    3/5 Stayed Jan 17, 2019
    Submitted Jan 20, 2019

    Good impression needs an exterminator to over see mice issues.

    Nice Property

    5/5 Stayed Dec 23, 2018
    Submitted Dec 30, 2018

    We enjoyed our stay at Timeless Ranch. The property was clean and had what we needed for our stay. The dirt road was a little intimidating the first time, but we got used to it and it was not a problem. You don't need a 4 wheel drive vehicle. The stars are amazing and the sun rises and sets are beautiful.

    Wonderful quiet place

    5/5 Stayed Oct 14, 2018
    Submitted Oct 30, 2018

    We loved our stay at Timeless Ranch, so close to Big Bend National Park. Saw lots of wildlife can’t wait to come back. Great house, very well stocked, fast internet and nice and clean.

    Amazing midnight views. Extremely clean. Everything working properly.

    5/5 Stayed May 25, 2018
    Submitted May 28, 2018

    It was a really comfy stay. It has a really at home feel. Everything was clean. Beds were nice and very comfy. Highly recommend. I will definitely come back to this house when I come visit again. Good price for what the house offers.

    It was a bit rough driving to get back to the house but well worth it!

    5/5 Stayed Mar 30, 2018
    Submitted Apr 1, 2018

    If you're looking for solitude and peace, this is the place. The house itself is beautiful and spacious and wonderfully decorated. I highly recommend it! We loved it!

    Lovely views and peaceful.

    4/5 Stayed Mar 14, 2018
    Submitted Mar 18, 2018

    We had a great time. The property was very clean and spacious. Well equipped kitchen.

    Great base for Big Bend activities!

    5/5 Stayed Mar 10, 2018
    Submitted Mar 25, 2018

    Our family of 5 had a nice 4 nights stay at Timeless Ranch over Spring Break. It had everything we needed to enjoy the Big Bend area. Thank you!


      Alpine, Texas

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