Cibolo Creek Ranch
What We Love
- Free activities include foot hikes on the ranch’s horse paths, bird watching, fishing, paddle boating, mountain biking and more
- Distinctive lodging in three 300-year-old forts — Cibolo, Cienega and Morita — with adobe walls, cottonwood beams and saltillo tile floors
- Remote location in far western Texas’ Big Bend region, this is a destination for outdoors lovers, with on-tap hiking, bird watching, catch-and-release fishing, biking and more
- The main restaurant at Cibolo serves a mix of Texas and Mexican favorites
What To Know
- The three historic forts are spread out across the ranch’s 30,000 acres: Cibolo is the largest and heart of the resort, Cienega has just 10 rooms and is good for multi-generational trips, Morita is very remote and has no electricity
- Guided tours, horseback riding, spa services, airport shuttles and hunting outings cost extra
- A meal plan is available for $75 per adult (18 and over) and includes all meals and non-alcoholic drinks
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In far western Texas’ Big Bend region, just 15 miles from the Mexican border, Cibolo Creek Ranch is a historic working ranch in the Chianti Mountains. Spread over 30,000 wild acres, guests at Cibolo are here for the adventure, the quiet and all the luxe amenities of a full-service resort. Accommodations are housed in three 300-year-old forts: the large central hub, Cibolo, family-friendly Cienega (around a 30-minute drive away) and Morita, which has no electricity. All guestrooms take inspiration from traditional 1800s architecture, with adobe walls, cottonwood beams, traditional Spanish and Mexican design accents, period antiques and, in most, furnished verandas. Guests at Cibolo and Cienega have access to a swimming pool and hot tub. Meals are served on the patio at Cibolo and feature a rotating mix of classic Mexican and Texan dishes like cumin steak, chicken with almond mole and quail in Oaxaca black mole, as well as a hearty breakfast buffet. For outdoors lovers, Big Bend is a playground of catch-and-release fishing, horseback riding, biking, hiking and more, and many activities are included in the rate. Unique outings, including guided tours of Native American rock art and sessions at the rifle range, can be added for an extra fee.
In the Area
A stay at Cibolo Creek Ranch is all about the great outdoors. Free activities include hikes on the ranch’s horse paths, bird watching, fishing, paddle boating, mountain biking and more, while premium outings include some bucket-list adventures such as a guided horseback riding tour in the canyons, ATV and Humvee excursions and star gazing through the resort’s special Meade telescopes.
How to Get There
We visited Cibolo Creek Ranch in July because that was the only time we were available. We were expecting to stay indoors all day and enjoy only the early mornings. We were quickly proven wrong.
Every day, most of the daytime hours were comfortably in the 80s. The heat peaked at low 90s in the early afternoon, but the rest of the day the weather was comfortable to lounge in the shade, take a tour of the mountains, or walk around the beautiful fort. Locals explained that July weather in the area is pleasant each year. The bonus is most people don’t think to travel to West Texas in July so the ranch was particularly quiet then.
The place is extremely well-maintained. Not a single leaf seems out of place, water flows calmly throughout the channels in the property, and every meal and plan goes like clockwork. It’s clear this is all possible due to the professional staff. One books these types of places expecting the cost premium will mean an attention to detail. And attentive to detail they are.
We did only a couple of activities and spent time mostly relaxing, admiring the scenery and nature. But there was plenty to do should we have chosen to be more active.
We spent a restful few days at the ranch and would go back anytime we need a break. Probably in July.
My wife and I recently stayed 5 nights at the resort and can honestly say it was the most unique and enjoyable experience we have had in a long time. We are both retired airline crew and have seen and experienced many great adventures and accommodations along the way. The allure of the solitude and raw beauty are not describable in just words. The staff (Tina and Kim especially) were most gracious and exhibited a sincere interest in providing an exceptional stay. Cibolo Creek is not to be missed!
We visited Cibolo Creek with friends and had a great time. This is a classic Western Ranch resort that should greatly appeal to travelers around the world. You have to be a lover of open space and isolation, willing to travel a fair distance to get there, and be appreciative of the beauty of “starkness”
The ranch has excellent accommodations and great food.
Go online and see if the terrain and topography appeals to you and you are willing to take the time to get there. There is a museum on site. For us, three days would be sufficient. But hikers and horseback riders could easily stay an extra day or two.
This is high desert (4000 feet) so the weather is cooler the rest of Texas. Do your research accordingly. We stayed in late March and the weather was in the 60s.
Again, I highly recommend but make sure this kind of travel in something you would enjoy. I believe it was a bargain, relative to equivalent California lodging, but others might view it as expensive. Just realize you are paying for the cost of having a unique experience in an isolated locale. For those looking for this kind of travel, this is a great place.