Glamping —a portmanteau of the words “glamorous” and “camping” — is a surprisingly hard concept to nail. Some glampsites are so bougie or have so many amenities that they detract from the feeling of being out in nature. Others are hardly in nature at all. That’s what’s so special about discovering glampsites that’re genuinely both rustic and luxurious, which is exactly the balance that The Summit at Big Bend pulls off with its cave and dome accommodations.
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The Summit at Big Bend is located in Terlingua, Texas, on the fringe of Big Bend Ranch State Park — not to be confused with Big Bend National Park, which is about 30 minutes east by car. The property has four styles of accommodations: luxury caves, summit and stargazing domes, and two house-style rentals. The caves are the newest addition to The Summit at Big Bend. Once mining sites, the luxury caves have been renovated to include king beds, double rain showers, a kitchenette, and private bathrooms for $549 per night.
If you’d argue that only tent- or yurt-style accommodations can qualify as glampsites, then you might prefer the domes at The Summit at Big Bend, which are also more affordable at $199 per night. The Summit Domes measure 20 feet — enough room for a king bed and a sleeper sofa that’s perfect for a family of four. They come with large bay windows to admire the desert view, but if you want to double down on the indoor-outdoor aesthetic, opt for the Stargazing Dome, which only sleeps two but includes a clear top.
For a different kind of comfort, The Summit at Big Bend also has two casitas for rent. Casa Del Sol sleeps four with a king bed and queen sleeper sofa. It also has a kitchenette and private outdoor area complete with a fire pit for $239 per night. Casa Grande sleeps six, comprising three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, an open-plan living and dining room, and an outdoor patio opening to Tres Cuevas Mountain. It costs $399-$699 per night.