Leapin' Lizard Guest House
(Click on each photo above for a closer look.)
The Leapin' Lizard Guest House was built by owner and artist Bryn Moore. Two and two-tenths miles from old Terlingua Ghostown and one mile off Hwy. 170, it sits at the end of its own road on twenty acres of desert, with a fine view of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. There you will find plenty of peace and privacy, along with the convenience of being close to area attractions.
The Lizard is a solar house, so there are no power lines to clutter your view. It's a rain-catchment house as well, harvesting rain water off the rooftop. You can run your laptop or charge your i-pod, but leave the blow-dryer at home. High energy-use appliances are too much for this solar system, so go natural. Let the desert dry your hair for you.
The porch functions as a kitchen and laze-about area. There's plenty of comfortable seating, and a chiminea to enjoy a fire in cool weather. There's a full-sized gas refrigerator, a four-burner stove, a Weber grill, and all the cookware you need to fix gourmet breakfast tacos or grill some tasty rib-eyes. Coffee fixins are provided, as is plenty of fresh drinking water in a crockery dispenser.
The, ahem, facilities are in a separate adobe building, 30 feet from the house (lower left-hand photo). It has a Stor-Burn propane incinerating toilet, a sink, and the most important prerequisite for such a place, a great view.
One more thing- there's another separate porch and shaded area just north of the house, It has an upstairs deck complete with a full-sized bed.
If sleeping out under the stars is something you rarely get to do, go for it! The stars are magnificent in Big Bend.