Tin Valley Retro Rentals RV Park

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$25.00 USD per night, starting at.

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889 Sombrero Peak, Terlingua, TX, 79852

All "pull-thru" sites that can easily handle up to 42-foot rigs. Each site has approx.1/4 acre of privacy.

Perfect for stargazing, birding, hiking, ATV/ & jeep touring. with the Rio Grande, Big Bend National & State Park, for canoeing/kayaking/rafting. Families, solo travelers, couples, photographers, weddings welcomed. Pet Friendly! 

Tin Valley is located 35 miles north of Terlingua, at Terlingua Ranch, one of the largest neighborhoods in the state of Texas. With over 200,000 acres of open land, we are surrounded by beautiful mountains and vistas, and have the darkest skies of all the United States.

Keep in mind that with lots of acres means lots of driving. Eliminate wasted and unnecessary time in your car by preplanning. To help mileage is provided below. Also, make sure you have a spare tire! Nearest tire shop is 100 miles away. Nearest tow truck is 250 miles away. Preplan! Preplan! Preplan!

*35 miles to Terlingua, Terlingua Ghost Town, Study Butte, and to the front entrance of Big Bend National Park.

*5 miles to the back entrance of Big Bend National Park, but high clearance and/or 4-wheel drive is needed for this route.

*4.5 miles to Terlingua Ranch Lodge, (available to you) which has a swimming pool, full-service restaurant, shower house, and laundry facility. Ice is also available!

*20 miles to the closest grocery store.

*35 miles to the closest gas station.


I (Ronda/Owner) live on the property if you need any assistance during your stay. If I am away, there will be a camp host to help you out. Safety and security are our #1 priority during your stay.

And the best thing? We are PET FRIENDLY! However, absolutely no aggressive dogs allowed. We have animals that live on property, & other guests too, so please be respectful. NO barking dogs either. Guests are here to escape the noise pollution of the city...and to get lost in the silence that we provide. With the mountains nearby, the barking echoes thru the valleys.

Tin Valley was featured on Nat Geo’s documentary show “Badlands, Texas, and has caught the attention of travelers all over the world.






Last Updated: 10/30/2022

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Quiet Times

9pm - 9am. Enjoy the natural peacefulness of the area. Please no radios or generators.

1.5 miles of dirt road.

Tin Valley Retro Rentals is down 1.5 miles of maintained dirt road. It is a single lane road. There is a small dry creek crossing that when it rains will hold some water; however, the bottom is creek rock so you should not have a problem crossing.

Water Station & Dump Station

We do not have running water or septic at the campsites. We have a fill station & a water trailer that can deliver water as needed. We have a honey wagon for use, and also a dump station.


20% off weekly. 50% off monthly.

Off-road Jeeps/ATV’s/Dirt Bikes

There are 100’s of miles of off-roads to explore so feel free to bring your Jeep/ATV/Dirt Bike.

Pet Friendly

Absolutely no aggressive or barking dogs please.


Check-in as early at 1pm. Check-out as late as 12 noon.

Deposit Policy

First night deposit is required at time of reservation. Cancelation refunds up to 24 hours prior to reservation.

RV Sanitation


20 Amps


Picnic Area

Gravel Roads

Fire Ring / Grill

Community Restrooms

30 Amps

50 Amps

Back-in RV Sites

Big Rig Friendly

Community Showers

Dirt Roads

Dump Station

Fire Pit

Hike / Bike Campsites

Laundry Facilities

Pet Friendly

Pets Allowed

Picnic Table

Pull-Thru RV Sites

RV Hookup

Slide Outs

Trash Service





Historic Sightseeing

Horseback Riding


Kayaking & Canoeing


Scenic Drives


Swimming Outdoors

Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking

Wildlife Viewing

Remote Work Friendly

Extended Stay

Big Rig Friendly

Tent Camping

Family Friendly

Pet Friendly


State Park

National Park

Public Service (Fire, Police, Resuce)



Coast to Coast



Good Sam

Happy Camper



Military Discount

Passport America

Senior Discount

Thousand Trails

889 Sombrero Peak, Terlingua, TX, 79852
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Please follow yellow arrows to get to your campsite facing correctly.  As you circle around you will pass the fill station if you need water upon arrival.  If not, we have a water trailer that can deliver anytime needed, free of charge.  

We realize this is quite a bit of info, but we want to make sure you don't have any problems finding the property.


USE LONGITUDE/LATITUDE COORDINATES ONLY and/or maps directions that have been provided. 29°29'33.9"N 103°20'27.5"W.

Please take a screenshot of the directions provided below or print a copy before you arrive. You will have no cell phone service/Wi-Fi about 5 miles out of Alpine. (88 miles of no service.) If you arrive at night, there are no streetlights in the desert, so it is VERY important to follow these exact instructions. The road will seem never ending but we promise you will reach your destination if you follow the directions and watch your odometer.


Approx. 60 miles South of Alpine (20 miles north of Terlingua) on Hwy 118. When you see a large billboard (white, yellow, & black, with a crazy looking rabbit painted on it.) to the east advertising "Terlingua Ranch Lodge."  There are metal storage units behind, and this is where you turn. Another point of reference is a cell tower on the East. The road name is Terlingua Ranch Road. Take Terlingua Ranch Road East for 13 miles. At 13 miles the paved road ends and the dirt road begins. Turn Left right there! Point of reference: You will see a green dumpster and signs that have "Marathon" written on them to your left. Tin Valley is 1.5 miles down this maintained dirt road. Any vehicle can make it down this road.! At .5 miles you will come to a Y in the road...STAY TO THE RIGHT!!! Point of reference: Smaller Tin Valley sign with the arrow pointing right next to a larger vintage arrow sign also pointing right. Continue another 1.0 miles to the entrance of Tin Valley. (There will be a large wooden awning to your left.)



Overall Rating: 4.9

Alexandria Newland

Tin Valley was a wonderful home base for exploring Big Bend and the surrounding area. It's about 45 minutes away from the entrance of the park (and the small town directly outside it, complete with gas station, a small but surprisingly well equipped grocery store, and a few restaurants). GPS will probably cut out on you about half an hour away from the site, but finding it is fairly straightforward. Every direction Google Maps gives you is accurate except the last step, which is to turn left instead of continuing straight at the end of Marathon. Tin Valley helpfully posted not just one, but two, signs to show you the right way at this junction. So, follow signs for Terlingua Ranch Lodge to get onto the paved side street from the main road, drive about 13 miles to the sign for Marathon (it's right before the pavement ends, and there's a generous loop at the end of the dirt path, so if you have a big rig and miss it, you'll just be redirected to the same road anyway, no biggie). This loop, which is about 3 miles from Marathon Road, is where the lodge is. I would recommend getting a key for the pool between office hours of 9-5 at the lodge so if you get back from hiking sweaty and in need of some cool water at 7 or 8 pm, you can get in. I would also recommend downloading a map of the area (or going the old-fashioned route) so you don't miss the turn off the main road like I did and then not have cell signal for a long stretch to get you back to the RV park. There is a bathroom and shower at Tin Valley (no extra charge), which is fairly spread out and quiet, in the shadow of a large hill, and which has wonderful desert views. I only had the barest trace of a signal near the bathroom/main house, so be prepared to disconnect a bit. The RV sites have 20/30/50 amp connections and are all pull-through. There is potable water at the site. I did some searching before I went to Big Bend, and this was the best site I could find that had access to a pool, showers, bathrooms, and electricity with amazing views and a great price. This is the place I plan to stay the next time I go to Big Bend. Thanks Tin Valley!

james simmons

Rremote and peaceful. saw several deer close by. a little farther away from Big Bend Park than I thought but not too bad. A very comfortable place to stay. Breakfast at Terlingua Ranch Lodge and service was good. Laundry at lodge only had two working washers and you can't use until 2PM. I would stay again 26ft Black Series HQ19

Ivette Gray

Great place to stay! The rv sites have electricity, picnic tables, fire ring, BBQ grill, and two metal chairs. The property is about 30- 45 mins from the big bend park entrance. It was not a problem at all. Campsites are situated in a small canyon so you feel like you are truly out there. Unlike other rv parks in the area, your camper is not on top of the others, you have space. Property provides a dump station, and water refill. They do have a honey wagon to help with both if you need it. We took our Rhino waste water tote with us and that worked out great! There are plenty of stars at night and plenty of friendly animals around, that includes a cute family of pot belly pigs, chickens, and a Burro named "Samson". Ronda was such a sweet host, we will definitely be back!

Robert Goff

If you're looking for an out of the way, off the grid unique and quirky campsite then this is it! We loved every minute of the 4 nights we were there and we will be back! Rhonda and Danny were great.

Mike Staeger

Great place to visit! Host Dan & Ronda were as accommodating & friendly as can be. Had spaces to accommodate any size or type of rig or tent as well as some really cool& funky Retro rentals of all sizes. Very secluded and scenic. Sites are separated with lots of privacy for all. Nice little petting farm for the kids to enjoy. Also just up the road a few miles check out the “Bad Rabbit Cafe” for a great affordable meal located on the Terlingua Ranch Resort property. If your planning on a trip to Big Bend area make sure not to miss this gem. Big Bend National Park is a easy 45 min. drive to entrance.

Barbara Key

Traveler beware that your GPS does not take you to the RV Park. Ours sent us about 30 miles south of where we needed to be. We have a jeep and overland camper so the road we were on was an opportunity to see what they could do besides we did pass RV camps on that road. When the GPS declared that we had reached our destination we called for assistance and Rhonda gave us excellent instructions to Tin Valley RV Park. It was after dark when we reached the it and Rhonda was waiting to guide us to our site. The next morning we saw that the park was clean and private. The sites had a picnic table, grill, a big fire pit with chairs and there were campers and RVs of all sizes. The place was great, Rhonda was a great hostess and I would gladly camp here again and recommend this park to anyone looking for a place to stay in this area.

Dorsey Gude

Gorgeous! Fantastically quiet and peaceful with beautiful dark-sky stars and gorgeous views. Only reason not five stars is they need more signs helping you find this out-of-the-way spot - we spent quite a few miles thinking we were lost! Dirt road was fine for the last mile and a half with our Durango and travel trailer. It’s a little over an hour to Big Bend. Loved this quirky spot.

William Gray

We really enjoyed our stay at Tin Valley! Everything was as advertised or even better. The property host Ronda was friendly and helpful! The directions were spot on for finding Tin Valley. The RV camp site was perfect with a view of the mountains, picnic table, charcoal grille, and nice fire ring. The best part was that we were not crowded into a site but we had a lot of open space. We really enjoyed the donkey Sampson and the baby piglet Sassy. We also ventured down the road to Bad Rabbit at Terlingua Ranch for very friendly service and impromptu star gazing party. We would highly recommend Tin Valley for people looking to get off the beaten path and truly enjoy the beauty of Big Bend area. We are looking forward to another visit in the future.

Jason Hudson

Great place! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

Esteban Ruiz

The people that work there are friendly, caring and helpful as hell!!! Love the area and loved the animals!! For sure coming back again!!

Lori Donlin

Thanks for being a Shanghai-la in the Texas desert for us. Great experience on our full time RV journey! Starry nights were amazing! Beautiful place to be when visiting Big Bend NP! Rhonda is a gracious host & Sampson is such an Ass ✌️

Loran Rule

This was our second time staying at Tin Valley... as with the last time, our stay was great and Rhonda was very kind and helpful. I was sad we didn't get any paint to paint the rocks this go around and I miss seeing the buses and bug up on the hill, but otherwise, I can't complain.

Jack Easterday

Tin Valley Retro rents is an amazing place to base a short or long visit to the Big Bend area. It’s off the beaten path, but located within reach of both the national & state park, Terlingua, & Marfa. The campsites are more spacious than any experienced, and the views are unbeatable. Ronda & staff are friendly and unobtrusive. It was a perfect stay!

Ken Balluff

Just got home after week in my camper truly in joyed the peace and quiet the visit of the javelina during my morning coffee the variety of dessert plants every one friendly .well did I enjoy it so much so that my 2 daughters and friend and me plan on trying out the trailer with porch painting on side ILL BE BACK 😎

Kendall Blizzard

One of my favorite campsites I’ve stayed at so far! Stunning location, very friendly staff, amazing number of animals to hang out with. Woke up one morning and drank coffee with the pigs that had “escaped” from their pen. They may wander a bit, but they know where their home is. Samson the Donkey was another wonderful pal for the stay. We were able to head down the road to take showers for $2 and grab a quick bite at the lodge cafe. Both very helpful for our week long stay in our RV. Definitely recommend this place!

Mario Chiarani

What a great find. Lay back and just clean as anyone could want. Our site fit or 43ft fifth wheel and had a fence so our dog could stay outside. We will be going back every spring with all the friends that are ready for different way to relax. HAVING no internet or cell T-Mobil was a plus. Very relaxing. Made us play cards and talk. Who would of thought. Mario and Alaine April 2021

Mark Schaefer

Great Hosts and a lot of things to discover.

drew kuenneke

The only thing wrong is the road for the last mile to get there. This is far above the run of the mill park. Tranquility plus. People were very accommodating and provided extras and entertainment.

Denise Robertson

This place is so perfect that we extended our stay to 2 weeks after just the first night. Friendly, affordable, beautiful, quiet and peaceful.

Janice Owen

Love camping here. Very peaceful and the most amazing night skies!