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Ultimate modern shipping container vacation homes in the middle of the rugged Big Bend area of Texas.

Fossil Knob Ridge

COVID-19 UPDATES as of 5/14

Big Bend open to tourists! (Well, mostly...)

What's open?  Per Brewster County guidelines, we have reopened subject to strict cleaning and occupancy guidelines, see below.  Big Bend National Park is currently closed as of 5/21, however scheduled to open for day use in June.  Big Bend Ranch State Park is partially open - most of River Road hikes and day use is open.  Most restaurants in the area are open for take out, and some are open for dine-in with limited seating.  Check with local outfitters individually to see services available.

Fossil Knob Ridge is complying with all state and local guidelines for reopening to the public, with some extra layers of protection for our guests and cleaning crews.  Please read the following updated policies, and book your trip to Big Bend through the "BOOK NOW" button at the top of the page.  Our entire area, whose people and economy rely heavily on tourism, have been hit especially hard by the shutdown.  While we support every measure necessary to maintain public health and safety, we're also very grateful for your support during these unprecedented times.

COVID-19 Related Cancellations and Refunds:

Regardless of any restrictions or timelines on our normal cancellation policies, we have been, and will continue to, issue 100% refunds or credits for any reservation that is either cancelled or rescheduled due to concerns, closures, or travel restrictions related to COVID-19 or any future pandemic of similar proportion. We request that guests provide us as much advance notice as possible. We also request that guests consider rescheduling instead of cancelling or consider accepting a credit for a future stay. We are all in this together. We want our guests to make the safety of themselves, their family and community, and our family and community their highest priority when making or revising travel plans.

COVID-19 Related Cleaning and Disinfecting:

We have always prided ourselves in providing clean accomdations. That commitment is now more important than ever. For the safety of our guests and staff, we are temporarily imposing a minimum of a two-day vacancy between all stays. That extra time between stays is being used for extensive cleaning and disinfecting, including disinfecting all commonly touched surfaces and laundering all linens. Additionally, the time between stays allows ample time for the vast majority of viral particles to break-down even before our staff enters the property to begin cleaning. Due to shortages, we request that guests provide their own disinfectants and masks for their own use during their stays. Regardless of any actions taken by us, it is impossible to guarantee a risk-free environment. All guests assume personal responsibility for their own travel decisions and their own health.

COVID-19 Related Social Distancing in the Big Bend:

While the Big Bend region is commonly regarded as a good place to get away from others, it is also true that visitors travel here from all over the globe. Please take care to avoid unnecessary exposure to others during your visit. Doing so can prevent you from unknowingly transferring an infection or becoming infected. An infected individual visiting here from a hotspot elsewhere could easily transfer it here or transfer it to someone here that then takes it to some other region.



Completely unique... like no other rentals - anywhere.


Close by, yet secluded...

Fossil Knob Ridge is located on a hillside 1.75 miles from the Terlingua Ghost Town.  No neighbors share the last 3/4 mile of unpaved road into the property, so you enjoy seclusion yet are still close to town.  Fossil Knob Ridge overlooks Terlingua in the foreground, and enjoys a breathtaking view of the Chisos and Big Bend National Park.

Spectacular views, inside and out.

Your hardest decision of the day should be whether to have your coffee on the porch or from your bed, shouldn't it?  Out here, the view is bigger than any window you can put in front of it!  We designed our windows and our porches to give you enough room to enjoy that view.  Did you know, at Fossil Knob Ridge, the sun sets in the east?  Come see it to believe it...

Dark Sky Compliant

Our outdoor lighting provides a safe, romantic atmosphere that's just perfect for enjoying the famous Class I Dark Skies that Big Bend has to offer.  Enjoy s'mores by the fire pits and wonder at the universe.

On-The-Grid Convenience

We are "on the grid," yet still practice ecologically-friendly conservation.  That way, you don't have to worry about whether there's enough power or water for the perfect vacation.  Check out the pages for the individual units to see their specific amenities.

WiFi for those who just can't quite unplug

We know the appeal of leaving those devices behind.  But, we realize that you might need to check your email or enjoy a movie night with your loved ones.  We provide blazing-fast WiFi, but it's up to you whether to let the rest of the world in!

Book one or both: but what about neighbors?

The two rentals are about 150 feet from each other, are separated by the hillside, and face opposite directions.  Separate parties can enjoy total privacy and seclusion from each other, while larger groups could rent both and enjoy being close to each other.  We carefully planned to accommodate everything from an intimate couple's retreat to a family reunion.


The Concept

Book your vacation at the ultimate modern vacation rentals in the rugged outback of the Big Bend region, located just outside the Terlingua Ghost Town.  In a land of endless mountain and desert vistas that is famed for ghost town ruins, rustic adobes, and Old West ranch homes, the Fossil Knob Ridge vacation rentals offer a unique contrast. The ultra-modern vacation rentals at Fossil Knob Ridge are contemporary homes built from recycled shipping containers. Yes, you read that right. These vacation rental homes are constructed from big metal boxes that were originally used for transporting cargo across the globe on trains and ocean freighters. The owner purchased them from a shipping company and converted them into contemporary and stylish living spaces. Don’t worry though, they are far more than just metal boxes with some furniture. Indeed, these homes offer the most neoteric lodging in the Terlingua area.

Relax inside or on the shaded patio. The units are close enough together to accommodate larger groups, however they are on opposite sides of a bluff and face opposite directions, so everyone can enjoy total privacy.  Explore the fossil-strewn 20 acre property. Drive or walk into the Ghost Town to explore the historic ruins, dine, drink, enjoy live music, or hang out with local and travelers from around the globe. If you play an instrument or sing, join in on an impromptu jam, session on the porch of the old trading post. Drive into Big Bend Nation Park or Big Bend Ranch State park for endless outdoor adventures. Book a river trip, jeep tour, horseback ride, mountain bike rental, guided hike, or guided hunt. Enjoy a controlled campfire. Marvel at the night skies. Watch the stunning sunrises and sunsets. Do as much or as little as you like. Then, come back again and do even more or less. 

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From our guests:

"Getting to Big Bend is quite a trip, but if I’m going there this is the only place I’d stay. Except for a car or two in the far distance once or twice it is dead ass silent out here. It was a little cool while there and I’m not 21 anymore so I wore clothes, but it is so private you could run around naked the whole week. The sunrise and sunsets were heavenly and only matched by the stars! It was also nice to have all of the comforts of home. It was like camping, but I had this super mod plush house....with a fire pit. All this equals peace and recharge for me. Highly recommended." -Bart E. 

"Not going to lie - was a little unsure of what to expect but when seeing in person and experiencing it all, it was absolutely amazing! I love how both Fossil Knob locations are near each other, but far enough to still have your own privacy and views. It was the perfect day to start with a coffee while watching the sunrise, hike at Big Bend, pick up some meat at Cottonwood General Store, then come back to relax with a grill, drink, and beautiful night sky ☺️❤️ This will be recommended to anyone I know going to Big Bend!!!" -Kristen G.

"Amazing views of the sunset on the Chicos Mountains in Big Bend-every shade of red imaginable, with a glass of wine in hand, on a beautiful, cozy patio. The unit was located outside of town a bit, so close enough for easy access to restaurants and the store, but far enough away to give a sense of solitude-much better than many of the rentals which seemed to be clustered together right in town.

The children loved exploring the desert area surrounding the unit and seeing all sorts of interesting wildlife. The unit itself was really interesting and well done, made from cargo containers, but very cozy and colorful on the inside with lots of room for cooking, a beautiful stone walled shower after a warm desert day and a big cozy bed for vacation sleeping in! A really cool touch is a small niche window in the bedroom that allows the early glow of sunrise to peek in and casts the room in beautiful golden tones.

In the evening, we enjoyed sitting under the stars while cooking on the grill and making smores around the fire pit. The moon rises right over the mountains, so we had a perfect view of all the stars, moon and sky one could ask for!"  -George H.

"This space was fantastic! We reserved both spaces on this lot for our large group. This larger unit was extremely comfortable and well-appointed. It was tastefully appointed. Everyone slept perfectly. These spaces are largely out of view of Terlingua, unlike many of the properties in the town which were on surprisingly small lots. For a trip to Big Bend or the Rio Grande, these spaces can't be beat! We would absolutely rent either of the spaces again."  -Brendan G.

"Fossil Knob Ridge was absolutely incredible! It felt like home in the desert. The king size bed was very comfortable, I got some of the best sleep out there. If you're looking to get away from people and disconnect for a few days, this is your place. With a full kitchen, bathroom and living room, I didn't have to sacrifice any comfort on this trip. The mountain views from the floor to ceiling windows that span one whole side of the larger unit are epic. You've never seen the sun rise if you've never seen it happen over the Chisos Mountains from Fossil Knob Ridge! The night sky is magical. Be sure to take a good camera and tripod to capture some truly breathtaking photos and long exposures of the Milky Way unobstructed by city lights.

Fossil Knob Ridge is a little slice of heaven, so whether you're going with your significant other or with a group of your closest friends, I know you're going to have an unforgettable adventure!

Dont forget to sign the guest book!"  -Chris C.

Construction Video

A chronicle of the construction from March 2017 to March 2018.

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Fossil Knob Ridge is managed by Big Bend Vacation Rentals.  Questions and reservations are directed through BBVR.

Fossil Knob Ridge

Fossil Knob Rd, Terlingua, Texas 79852, United States

(855) 224-4236