This West Texas Glampground is the Ultimate Desert Retreat

by TLM Team on September 5, 2023 in sponsored,

 In the free-spirited town of Terlingua outside of Big Bend National Park, Camp Elena provides sustainable luxury and outdoor connection to travelers seeking a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

In the vast expanse of the Chihuahuan Desert, lies a wilderness experience that promises unparalleled enchantment. As you step into the largest desert in North America and the world’s largest Dark Sky Reserve, prepare to be mesmerized by towering volcanic formations, unique desert fauna, and awe-inspiring stargazing opportunities.

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The crown jewel of this natural wonderland is Big Bend National Park, where travelers can immerse themselves in the raw beauty of the land. Here, you can embrace the wilderness with activities ranging from hiking and horseback riding to kayaking and birdwatching. As you venture deeper into the park, be prepared to be swept away by the allure of the untouched wilderness, with countless mountain peaks, hot springs, and century old agave. 

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In close proximity to Big Bend National Park’s western entrance, lies the spirited community of Terlingua, a vibrant base camp for travelers and locals alike. Bursting with eclectic art galleries and historic mining ruins, Terlingua is a captivating blend of cultures. The town offers a diverse range of restaurants, bars, and local outfitters, ensuring that every wanderer’s needs are met.

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Last winter, the desert landscape welcomed a new beacon of luxury and sustainability – Camp Elena. Perched on a hilltop, this glampground is only two and a half miles from the heart of Terlingua Ghost Town and less than ten miles from Big Bend National Park, making it an ideal sanctuary for adventurers seeking a blend of modern comfort and the untouched wilderness. 

Photo Grant Pittman


The retreat comprises four luxurious glamping tents, each offering unbeatable mountain views, ensuite bathrooms, and kitchenettes. With a strong commitment to sustainability, Camp Elena operates entirely off-grid, ensuring nearly every aspect of your stay is thoughtfully sourced. Yet, this retreat spares no expense when it comes to caring for its guests, providing upscale amenities to elevate your glamping experience to new heights of luxury.

Photo Bradford Martens

As you approach Camp Elena, you are embraced by the desert’s natural beauty, with plant beds adorned by palo verde trees, ocotillo, and other unique desert flora. The tents feature large private patios, where you can savor a cup of coffee or grill outdoors while immersing yourself in breathtaking sunrise and sunset mountain views. At night, a fire pit and telescope invite you to unwind under a canopy of stars, creating an unforgettable experience.

Photo Grant Pittman

Inside each tent, curated art and decorative objects sourced primarily from local shops and Texas artists create an ambiance of uniqueness and charm, adding to the delight of your desert getaway. The kitchenettes are thoughtfully equipped with all the essentials for private dining, featuring amenities like a gas cooktop, stainless-steel wine glasses, and complementary coffee and tea to indulge your senses with a touch of luxury. The full-size ensuite bathrooms, stocked with modern amenities, ensure the utmost comfort and convenience in the desert surroundings. Most notably, each tent boasts a king bed, where sliding glass doors and zip-down side windows allow you to wake up to the colorful sunrises and sunsets and fall asleep under a blanket of stars.

Photo Bradford Martens

Enhance your stay with optional add-ons, like firewood and s’mores for a cozy night under the stars, or a “park essentials” rental to equip yourself for a day of adventure. Additionally, the retreat partners with local businesses to offer in-room massages and on-site pickup and drop-off services for personalized jeep tours or rentals, ensuring that every moment of your experience is tailored to your desires.

Photo Grant Pittman

Embark on a tranquil wilderness retreat at Camp Elena, where nature’s beauty and adventure converge to create unforgettable memories that will forever be etched in the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert. 


This post is a sponsored collaboration with Camp Elena