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Maravillas Ranch

In Brewster county near Marathon, TX

High Desert Mountain Escape


35,000 Acres6 bedrooms
Sleeps 184 bathrooms

Unique Features

Captivating desert views
Trans-Pecos ranch house
Private chef & guide included
Private hiking and biking

A Hosted Experience

Guests are greeted by landowner or landowner representative, cooked for, guided and are attended to throughout stay.
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Your Host

Andrea Bryan

Hospitality Manager

Andrea oversees hospitality at both the Chalk Draw and Maravillas Ranches.

About the Ranch

The Experience

Taken from the Spanish word for "wonder", Maravillas Ranch is nestled in the Del Norte mountain range just outside Marathon. Roam the arid Chihuahuan desert grasslands in your four-wheel drive vehicle, by foot or mountain bike in search of elk, mule deer, whitetail, aoudad, wild turkey and quail or climb among 5,500-foot mountain peaks scattered with juniper, pine, oak and agave for a dramatic view of the surrounding Big Bend region.

The Accommodations

Relax in the historic ranch house with design features reminiscent of Mexican, Native American and cowboy cultures or spend an evening in the rustic cabin in the shadow of the mountains at the fire pit overlooking Maravillas Creek. Both houses are air-conditioned, have Wi-Fi, include fully-equipped kitchens, and allow for outdoor cooking in the crisp desert air and screened porches for resting in the mid-day shade. Three night stays include a private chef and a guide.

Rich History

The centerpiece of Maravillas Ranch are the Del Norte mountains and Maravillas Creek, one rising dramatically from the high desert while the other collects seasonal rains from the jagged mountain slopes to the Rio Grande River. The distinct limestone and igneous formations are the result of the region transforming twice from sea to mountains. In more recent times, Maravillas Ranch adjoined the Comanche Trail, blazed by Comanche Indians en route from the western plains to Mexico and later traveled by emigrants and soldiers. After over a century of livestock grazing, the ranch is now an oasis for wildlife.

The Land

This remote area between Marathon and Big Bend National Park is punctuated by clear night skies, mountainous terrain, desert grasslands, miles and miles of ranch roads, scenic views and the seasonal waters of Maravillas Creek that provide habitat for diverse plant and wildlife species.

From The

From The
Ranch Owner

"Experience the best of the Big Bend region - hike up into the mountains or relax by the creek and take in the breathtaking views of the Chihuahuan Desert."
-JP Bryan

The Lodging

An historic ranch house with West Texas character plus a large cabin fully-equipped for a lakeside retreat
Bear Canyon Retreat
2,600 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 8
Maravillas Creek Cabin
2,500 sq. ft.
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 10
An historic ranch house with West Texas character plus a large cabin fully-equipped for a lakeside retreat
Bear Canyon Retreat
2,600 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 8
Maravillas Creek Cabin
2,500 sq. ft.
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 10


Billiards Room
Washer & Dryer
Coffee maker
Fully equipped kitchen
Air conditioning
Outdoor Grill
No pets allowed
Bird watching
Trail running
Wildlife Viewing

Explore More

Our booking specialists are knowledgeable about the area and can make suggestions about excursions, rentals and supplies. At your request and for an additional fee, they will provide an array of concierge services, such as organizing airport pick-up and drop-off, outfitter guided trips (fly-fishing, rafting, horseback riding), arranging musical entertainment, catering/personal chef services, yoga, massage therapy, and grocery shopping.

Things like:
Mountain Biking

Request to stay at Maravillas Ranch

In Brewster County near Marathon

In order for us to ensure you have the best experience, we take your requested date and party size and confirm with the ranch owner before you finish and pay for your booking. You will not be charged to request to book.



Per Night
2 night minimum
Max number of people: 18
MEALS AND GUIDE INCLUDED FOR $1,500/night. Additional charge for groups over 6 people. Pricing is for one house only.




Cancellation Policy

50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

Ranch Rules

No smoking
No pets
No glass bottles outside of lodging areas
Don't litter and please pick up all trash
Be respectful of all wildlife and your surroundings
Don't disturb plants or Native American artifacts


3.5 hour drive from Midland
5 hour drive from El Paso
1 hour drive south of Marathon
1 hour from Big Bend National Park
Directions provided upon confirmed booking