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
- 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
I have been lucky enough to stay at Cibolo Creek Ranch 4 times. It is like staying at a boutique resort and museum at the same time. If you really want to understand the far west before barbed wire and pure pioneer survivor this is a great way to do it. Great meals, clean, nice activities, and they have a standard of first class. go get your cowboy on her in class!
We have been to Cibolo several times. We are fortunate to have our own plane, so landing at the resort is a big plus. Of course you don't, then, have the opportunity to explore other areas but car rental is a possibility.
The service can be a bit spotty, but that's not why you go there. The staff has always been friendly and the try to be accommodating. True, you may have to carry your luggage but if you need help, it is available.
The food, while not always gourmet, has always been good. You go to Cibolo for the overall experience of the beautiful ranch which has been so wonderfully restored. The jeep trip is not to be missed nor should you fail to take an overall tour of the ranch facilities. There is far more than the main location.
We have always stayed in the Presidential Suite. It's a little bigger, but we like it because we bring our dog and it leads out to a more open area where we can walk her.
All in all, this is one of our favorite locations
We were traveling to West Texas with dogs and wanted a place where we could stay. What originally attracted us to Cibolo was the large number of hiking trails in a quiet setting. We planned to stay at Cibolo and then do day trips to Big Bend and the Marfa Area.
However, our plans changed once we arrived at Cibolo! This is a piece of paradise that you don't want to leave! Built behind old fort walls, Cibolo is an oasis in the dessert. The rooms were large and nicely decorated with a lot of natural light. There are many great authentic West Texas activities to keep you busy (if you want) and many beautiful places to just sit and enjoy (if you want). Activities such as tours of the local land areas - beautiful vistas, wildlife, old ruins and pictographs and just being out in nature - hiking, shooting (target and skeet), horseback riding, paddle boating and more. All right there on the Cibolo property. And of course they will help arrange day trips outside of Cibolo.
The food was excellent! Everyone receives the same meal, but food preferences are taken into consideration and the alternates are equally delicious! Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all excellent. The service was friendly, and everyone was very accommodating and helpful. The bar drinks were excellent and very reasonably priced.
A couple of logistics notes on things we had initial questions / issues with:
1) It is hard to find - the signs at the entrance say 'not an entrance-locked gates' but ignore that and just keep going along the dirt road. When you get to the gate, look for the doorbell on the wood post that opens the gate. This info is nowhere on their website.
2) The office is not well marked but looking at the building from the parking lot, it is on the right of the entrance.
3) You will take your stuff to your room - there is no porter.
4) There is a bar - it just doesn't look like one. It is in the small area where the cocktail hour is. They do not have a bar menu but make a great margarita!
5) The service isn't "full service" like a large hotel. More, there when you need them and not when you don't. Which we actually like because you have more solitude and it doesn't feel too commercial. Just relaxing.
6) I wish is that there were more places to sit and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area! We had issues finding a place to sit outside and play cards.
None of that took away from the beauty of the place!
If you are looking for some time away from the norm to relax or explore in a beautiful nature setting, just come to Cibolo!
What an amazing experience! Terrific accommodations. Very friendly and professional staff. Guided hunting charters available. Mountain tour is a must. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, exploring, historic sights. Fantastic food. Secluded excellence. This is a destination you will always remember.
This is a resort 33 miles south of Marfa. It is not for everyone. It is expensive. You will be treated very special during your stay. Spa, Exercise Room, Horseback Rides, ATV Rides, Jeep Rides, Hunting, Fishing, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Fire Pit, Sun Porch. Dining is by plan. All guests are served at table. A bar is available for daily social hour. Capacity is 90 guests. The lakeside rooms are preferable. Relax and be waited upon.