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 do not write reviews but after my last experience at this place I felt it was necessary. In the past my visits to Cibolo Creek Ranch were pure paradise. It was once an enjoyable place to relax and unwind and the facilities were prestine. This was under previous the management of the former GM Brian.
These days everything is disgusting starting from the group of unsavory characters they call management by the names of Tom and Tina to the piles upon piles of horse manure and horses allowed to run wild WITHIN the resort. There are very few redeeming qualities this “resort” if you can even still call it that still holds.
Upon my arrival I was accosted by the smell of horse manure. It’s all over the facilities so watch your step if you choose to book a stay! To my displeasure I learned that actual horses, not the miniature ponies but horses were now placed in the resort to roam free. Not only is this unsanitary but extremely dangerous! Remember the waiver you sign, they know this and take no responsibility for the danger they are placing you in.
The staff is now lackluster. There used to be a nice fellow by the name of Zack that worked at the bar. He had great charisma and spoke perfect English. He has now left. Speaking of the bar. This is where I had the displeasure of meeting the ranch manager Tom. He was knocking back drinks left and right. I find this very unprofessional and his demeanor made me uncomfortable. Upon learning his title I asked about the horses and the manure. He didn’t seem to care. The real question is how does a RANCH MANAGER not know that having horses roam in a resort creates a dangerous environment? Not everyone comes here has experience around these animals.
The GM Tina was constantly unavailable and didn’t seem to know too much about this property. I don’t understand how a GM has so little knowledge about a property she runs! It was very evident to me that her and Tom do not care too much about the guests that pay to fund this place. The previous GM Brian took guests on tours and educated you on the property. He would have dinner with guests and engage in conversation. Not just disappear or drink like a fish at the bar.
The only good thing I experienced from my visit was my tour with Aaron. I’d done this before and it was the only thing that was reminiscent of previous visits to Cibolo Creek Ranch.
What has happened to this place? It’s a far cry from the
place my family and I fell in love with and after what it has become I must remove it from my travels.
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.