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Reviews of Terlingua Las Ruinas / Big Bend Campsite 

The Chili Cook-off weekend was packed with happy campers. It was our first test of the campground. What would people think of our site?

We had a great group of campers through-out the week. People come here to have fun and the scenery is so majestic that the vibe is universally positive.

And, apparently, everybody liked the tents and campsites. Here’s some of our reviews from AirBnb.

Katlyn – 11/15 – Pat’s campground, Las Ruinas, was a dream. My boyfriend and I have been wanting to go to Terlingua for months, so I booked Pat’s big octagon tent for us for a weekend get-a-way. It was WAY better than we had anticipated. Pat was such a chill host, and quickly responded to all of our questions and requests upon our arrival.

The tent was huge, and the bed was so comfortable it rarely felt like we were staying in a tent. We had a blast drinking and dancing at the Boat House which is a stones throw away from the campground. Our trip couldn’t have been any better. We will absolutely be back to visit Pat and camp at Las Ruinas very soon.

Michelle – 11/15 – This was fancy camping. The beds were comfy, the toilets flushed. Our host was very polite. The listing was accurate. We enjoyed our stay and would absolutely stay there again!

Ashley – 11/15 – Pat was a wonderful and courteous host! He thoughtfully arrived every morning to check on his guests. He also was helpful with local insider knowledge, things to do, and places to eat/experience. The site is in a great location that’s highly accessible, and you can hear live music from the Boathouse every night. The views from the site are amazing to the point you can see sunrise and sunset!

The tent was the perfect size and the mattress was super comfy! This site had restrooms and a shower house with hot running water and outdoor sink. Pat set the bar high as this will be the only way I’ll camp in the future!

Ryan – 11/15 – No setting up a tent in the middle of the night. Convenient way to camp in the ghost town Terlingua. Close to the Boathouse to grab a drink and listen to some live music.

Josh – 11/15 – Pat really hooked it up in Terlingua. We were the first people he hosted via airbnb and it worked out great. He brought down some super comfy foam mattresses to the tent and turned camping into glamping for sure. It’s right next to the boat house which plays live music every night, but closes at 12 so sound isn’t really an issue. Pat’s a super chill guy with a very much “the dude” vibe, man. Look forward to going back to the Big Bend zone someday. Had a blast in Terlingua.

Ricky – 11/15 – Loved it. Perfect location to camp in Terlingua

Andrew – 11/15 – Pat’s campground was a great time. He made himself available and was always up for a good conversation. The area is awesome. I would recommend Pats for anyone looking to explore the big bend.

Mike – 11/15 – We had a good experience at the campsite. It has two real flushing toilets and a hot shower which is hard to find in this area. While Pat was not at the site when we arrived he had someone there to help us out immediately and Pat arrived just a few minutes later while we were setting up camp.

There is variety in the camp sites so choose wisely. Some campsites are literally 10 feet from each other so if you are in a group then these are ideal but if you want a more solitary site then get one with more separation. Pat himself was very friendly and helpful when we met him. The sites are clean and the ruins are especially cool and there is a neat old cemetery right across the street.

We saw javelinas, prairie dogs, and heard lots of coyotes. The sky is absolutely amazing though. If you are looking for quiet though keep in mind that it is directly behind a bar that has live music on the weekends and if you like music then this is the place for you. Music stops well before midnight but if you go to bed early please keep this in mind. Overall a very nice place to camp.

Katy (from Trip Advisor) – 11/15 – We stayed in the medium sized tent. It was tall enough for my 6’6″ husband in the middle area. The queen sized bed was just right after a day of BBNP hiking and an evening of Terlinqua live music (including good performances by our host Pat O.) The two toilets were pretty close with a pathway (lit at night) and very clean. The showers and outdoor sink were just a bit farther. I found I enjoyed brushing my teeth watching the sun rise over the mountains. The shower looks really rustic as you approach. But don’t be fooled, inside it is delightful with a bench and rainforest shower head.


There is no table at the site, so we brought our own folding 6′ table which was perfect. The views of the mountains and desert at morning coffee were wonderful, but at night (late at night), the stars will take your breath away.


Terlingua is a funky little town with lots of music and art and history. It used to be a quicksilver mining town and incorporates the “ruins” from that. Don’t expect a movie set version of a ghost town. Terlingua is real and as such, a bit imperfect. We enjoyed music both in the bar/restaurants and from our tent (music stops at midnight). Do the Sunday Brunch at the Starlight Theater, a short walk from your tent. Otherwise, go where the music calls to you.