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YE Mesa Camp at Chalk Draw Ranch



In Brewster county near Marathon, TX


A hidden desert oasis in the shadow of the mountains



Overview

20,000 Acres3 bedrooms
Sleeps 64 bathrooms

Unique Features

Remote camp for Big Bend adventure
High desert hiking and biking
Perfect for small groups
Elk, black bear and dark skies

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

Atticus Freeland

Hospitality Manager

Atticus is a native of West Texas and grew up in the Big Bend region. He oversees hospitality at both the Chalk Draw and Maravillas Ranches and assists with the ranching and hunting operations.

About the Ranch

The Experience

This newly-constructed camp wedged between the Santiago Mountains and YE Mesa is about as beautiful and remote a place as you can find in the Big Bend and still have modern amenities. From your front porch, hit the trail to the top of the Mesa or venture out on more than 20,000 acres of open space.

The History

Chalk Draw contains some of the most significant existing petroglyphs and pictographs from prehistoric native peoples in the region. There are 46 known sites that can be found on the ranch. A hike into Bee Cave Canyon, the largest know rock shelter in the Big Bend area, provides an unforgettable experience, a hidden tinaja, and a rich record of the activities of those who occupied the land more than 4,000 years ago.

The Region

From the YE Mesa Camp, you can visit Big Bend National Park, raft the Rio Grande River or venture to one of the region's rural towns. Some things to consider for activities off the ranch are driving through Big Bend National Park to Rio Grande Village, the Chisos Basin and Santa Elena Canyon. Consider an overnight on the Rio Grande with one of our preferred outfitters, ride horseback through Big Bend State Park or spend a night of dancing at Terlingua's Starlight Theatre.


The Land

Abutting Big Bend National Park, Chalk Draw is home to diverse plant and animal species such as elk, whitetail, aoudad, wild turkey, quail, and various predators such as bobcat and mountain lion.

From The
Ranch
Owner

From The
Ranch Owner

"Solitude itself is the rarest commodity."
-JP Bryan

The Lodging

Private lodging in the middle of the desert
Main lodge
780 sq. ft.
0 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
sleeps 0
Cabin 1
200 sq. ft.
1 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
sleeps 2
Cabin 2
200 sq. ft.
1 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
sleeps 2
Cabin 3
200 sq. ft.
1 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
sleeps 2
Private lodging in the middle of the desert
Main lodge
780 sq. ft.
0 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
sleeps 0
Cabin 1
200 sq. ft.
1 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
sleeps 2
Cabin 2
200 sq. ft.
1 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
sleeps 2
Cabin 3
200 sq. ft.
1 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
sleeps 2

amenities

Wifi
Cable/Satellite TV
Fireplace
Coffee maker
Hair dryer
Linens
Towels
Fully equipped kitchen
Air conditioning
Outdoor Grill
Kid-Friendly
Non-Smoking
No pets allowed
4WD Recommended
Activities
When you aren't relaxing by the fire pit under an unobstructed view of the sky or hiking among ancient high desert mountain ranges, bike on the many miles of ranch roads or take a trip to Bee Cave.
Biking
Bird watching
Hiking
Stargazing
Trail running
Wildlife Viewing

Equipment Available

Mountain Bikes - 4

Explore More

As part of your journey, we would love to help you find additional activities and services to book while on the ranch. We will reach out to you when you request to book to find your specific needs.

Things like:
Kayaking
Mountain Biking
Catering
More

Request to stay at YE Mesa Camp at Chalk Draw 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.

512-230-3345
info@exploreranches.com

$950

Per Night
2 night minimum
Max number of people: 6
Private chef and guide included
Arrival
 
Departure

Adults

Kids

512-230-3345
info@exploreranches.com

Cancellation Policy

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

Access

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

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