by Phil Corless
Simple and rustic accommodations in the heart of Terlingua Ghost Town, the El Dorado Hotel has a great location within walking distance of the old mining town’s ruins, and only a 30-minute drive from Big Bend National Park. The hotel’s rooms are spacious and comfortable enough for a small family of four. A standard room includes two double beds, along with basic amenities like a bathroom, air conditioning, TV, and free Wi-Fi. For something quite unique, check out the fully remodeled tour bus that includes a full bed in the back, two twin beds upfront, a small kitchenette, and flat-screen TV. Lunch and dinner are available at the High Sierra Bar and Grill, the hotel’s onsite restaurant, but there are several other restaurants and convenience stores in the area where you can find a good breakfast.
The El Dorado Hotel is located at the entrance to the old part of Terlingua known as “Ghost Town Texas.” The ruins of the once-thriving mining town can be seen within a few minutes’ walk from your hotel. Pick up a map at the hotel for a cool self-guided walking tour of the ghost town. Plan for a dinner at the Starlight Theater Restaurant and Saloon, which features gourmet meals and live entertainment. Two of the three visitor’s centers of Big Bend National Park are less than 30 miles away. There, kids can sign up for a junior ranger program. You can join a ranger-led hike or find a trail on your own. Back in Terlingua, you’ll find a number of outdoor adventure companies that arrange rafting, hiking, and horseback trips through the park. With its simple, clean, and comfortable amenities in a fun and unique location, the El Dorado Hotel makes for a memorable part of your family vacation to Big Bend National Park.
Our Editor Loves
- Stay in a remodeled tour bus
- Walk to the ghost town
- Onsite restaurant
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
by Cliff C
I didn't know what I was doing and made a reservation for "The Bus". Don't do the "Bus". It's filthy! It's interesting but it stinks and it looks like no one has ever cleaned it. They did let me change my reservation and we got a very nice clean room at the main part.
I did like the burgers and beer at the restaurant which may or may not be part of the same establishment. All in all, it was a unique experience and worth the trip. Also, the drive in and out is top notch.
Had this great motorcycle adventure trip planned through west Texas. My partner crashed his bike on the way down in Iowa and we had to cancel the whole thing, including our one night, two rooms at the El Dorado. Prepaid for them. Expensive. Asked for a refund. They refused. Emailed them a long explaination. They didn't even give us the courtesy or bother to respond. Can't talk to the owners direct, as they don't anser their phone....ever. Every hotel along our 8 day route refunded us, including the one we had booked the day of the crash in Arlington, even though I couldn't call them until 5 PM. But not the El Dorado!! What a horrible business. Don't care one bit about their customers. Its all about the money. Funny, its less about the money to us and more about compassion and understanding. You won't find it here. And the sad part is, us two army veterens will ride this route again someday when he's better, but the El Dorado will not be getting our business.