Staying in a luxury tipi

We urge you to be reasonable about your personal comfort expectations regarding a “glamping” type of stay. If, after reading the below information, you are unsure if a Tipi is the right choice for your stay, you might consider staying in a casita or a Bubble.

The Tipis are not sealed or insulated so you should still consider your stay as a “glamping” experience that does not include traditional air conditioning or heat. In the summer, the Tipis include an evaporative cooler; however, the cooler will not completely cool the entire Tipi and it will still be warm in peak summer days. In the winter, we provide a small space heater and an electrical blanket. If it is cold outside, it will be cold inside your Tipi. If staying in a Tipi please prepare appropriately for the weather forecast. We do not issue refunds due to weather or personal discomfort because of temperature.

Again, the tipis are not a sealed environment and critters can get into them—including scorpions, crickets, flies and other things with wings or lots of legs. And yes, we share this beautiful landscape with snakes, though we’ve never had an issue — if you see one, leave it alone and call us if you need assistance. (Pro tip: leave the lights off in your tipi when you leave; this will reduce the occurrence of moths and other flying critters who love the light!)

Believe it or not, it actually rains in the desert. A lot. While we do have long dry spells, we also have a monsoon season as well as occasional unseasonal, unexpected rain showers. And when that happens? Well, if you’ve never been to a tipi before, you may not realize it, but there is a big ol’ hole in the ceiling. No, there’s no way to seal it and rain does come in—the same goes for the front door. Because of that, we keep the very comfy beds covered in tarps before your arrival if rain is in the forecast. If it happens to rain, please be kind and cover that bed back up with the tarp. If you’re concerned with any of your belongings getting wet, just put them under the tarp as well. It’s a small price to pay to get to stay in these gorgeous tipis!

There is running water in the Tipi.  Also included is a Berkey water filtration system and you can simply pour tap water into the top chamber of the Berkey and it will filter down to the bottom chamber. 

While we do have awesome fire pits available at all of our rentals, we do not provide firewood! Please do not gather twigs, dead ocotillos, etc. to burn. Dead plants are part of the local ecosystem and need to be left where they are!  If you would like to purchase more water, food, firewood, or supplies, you can find the largest selection at Cottonwood Grocery Store, about 6 to 7 miles away.

We provide Wifi but cannot guarantee the connection. We pay for the fastest Internet service available, but we’re still in a very rural area and the speed seems to come and go for no discernible reason.  If you’re having issues, we will try to fix them during normal business hours, but county-wide outages are a regular thing out here! (Also: Internet outages aren’t an after-hours emergency. Feel free to send us a message late, but we will get to you in the morning!)

The tipis have a bathhouse with three separate units. These are shared by all of the tipis and are not reserved or designated for any specific tipi. We provide toilet paper, soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and a hairdryer inside of each of the units. Your tipi will come with towels: please return those to your tipi after showering and hang them to dry, as we do not provide daily towel and cleaning services. Please be mindful of other guests waiting to use the units, and also, please do not flush baby wipes, feminine products, or facial wipes.

Please respect the neighbors. Property lines out here are not well defined. If you hike the grounds, you may wander onto someone’s private property. Sound also travels nicely here! Please keep your electronics, music, and human activities at a low volume.

In the unlikely event of an area-wide power outage, unfortunately there is nothing we can do except wait for the electric company to resolve the issue. Crews are dispatched out of Alpine and can take 2 hours or more to restore. We do not issue refunds for power outages as they are out of our control.  

Plugging in appliances like hairdryers, crock-pots, etc., will trip the breaker at the Tipi, so please keep your power usage to the chargers for your electronics. (We do have hairdryers in the bathhouses for your use.) Please do not tamper with any of the lights on or around the property. Our lights are all dark sky compliant because we love the stars too!


2 guests | 1 bed | Adventure Terlingua