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Chisos Mountains Lodge
AnnapolisHiker_MD from: Annapolis, Maryland
Published Date: Oct, 16, 2021 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Middle of the park location makes this the place to stay!
We stayed in the Chisos Mountains Lodge, Emory Peak section, for 5 nights the first week in October. The accommodations are basic and somewhat dated but the bed was comfortable and after a hard day of hiking what do you really need but quiet time to sleep. Because of covid restrictions we decided to pick up our dinners daily from the onsite restaurant and bring them back to the room to eat. While no formal dining table was available we made do with a nightstand in between the two easy chairs supplied. The food is nothing to write home about but that could be because of lack of help in the kitchen. The Emory Peak buildings are the furthest from the visitor center but there are sufficient parking spaces for everyone staying in a room there. The weather was cool at night while we were there and the room has a small electric heater that kept the room comfortable. When we go to parks we like to be near major trail heads and staying here was good for that for several trails leaving from the visitor center area. We would stay here again if returning but would hope to be in one of the main lodge buildings closer to the action. Might mention that there was no housekeeping service during the covid times but one of the housekeeping staff was generally available early in the morning to provide some necessities for the rooms where we were.
- Rooms: 3
- Value: 4
- Service: 4
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 11, 2021 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
Cool and hot
Beautiful location in the Chisos Mountain basin. Easy access to trails and day trips around Big Bend National Park. Restaurant on site is takeout only, for registered guests only. General stores were all open throughout the park. Cool mornings (57F) and hot days (90F). We saw 105F out driving down to the Rio Grand River. Overall excellent stay, we really enjoyed it here.
Discover783266 from: Hamilton Square, New Jersey
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 4, 2021 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2021 Rating: 3
Only place on "town"
They sort of have you captive. Very expensive for a room just above camping. Dirty, "queen" beds very small. Restaurant is very expensive for what you get. But then.....you can't beat the location. You'll be fine if you don't expect too much and expect to spend money!
NCDoc from: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 1, 2021 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
Great people and a super location make the Chisos Mountain Lodge an excellent choice
The Chisos Mountain Lodge gets its stars for location, location, location. My word, is it spectacular. They also get 5 stars for their friendly staff, who went out of their way to be helpful. They have the challenge of being seriously isolated. I would guess the lodge was built in the ‘50s. The only “special” features to the rooms are a mini-fridge/freezer and a microwave. The rooms are fairly small, the beds of the “Minnesota Valley Bed” (“Bringing couples together”) genre, and the shower is underpowered (which given access to water here is no surprise). While we were at the CML, due to staffing issues and COVID the restaurant served meals you could pickup and eat on their gorgeous porch (it overlooks “The Window”), or you could have them delivered to your room (I recommend the porch!). The food was excellent - not complicated but uniformly delicious. They offer a “hiker’s breakfast” you can order and pick up the night before. In summary, the CML is the only lodging in the park, and the park is incredibly spectacular. We’d be delighted to go again, despite its “of another era” construction. Great people, great location, super food, good enough living. Highly recommended. Book far in advance for peak seasons.
abstill from: New Jersey
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Aug, 26, 2021 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Just as expected
Very serviceable, ideally located stay in Big Bend. Actually, the ONLY place you can stay in Big Bend.
We booked months in advance — about 6 months ahead — and got a room in the Casa Grande section overlooking the Window. The view is unbeatable and the locale is simply breathtaking. The whole area is alive with wildlife (including bears!) and it’s incredibly peaceful.
We did have to change rooms on arrival because the fridge didn’t work and one of the lamps had it’s switch broken off, making it impossible to turn on. We were quickly moved one room down — luckily, this seems to be a pretty slow time of year here (August). Service was helpful and prompt.
Restaurant is still closed due to COVID, but you can order meals and eat in your room on the patio. We stayed 4 nights and did this one night for dinner; the patio view is of course fantastic. Another night we drove to the Starlight Theater in Terlingua (about an hour away) for dinner, and the other two nights ate food we’d brought with us (stock up before you come, although there is an on-site store with essentials.
There is no housekeeping due to COVID — so you have to pick up your own towels at the office when you want new ones. The lack of housekeeping is kind of annoying, but fine.
As for the room, as to be expected it’s really basic. Almost nothing has been updated since the late 1970s, it seems, except the floor in the Casa Grande rooms and the mini fridge and microwave. Only soap and shampoo are provided in wall dispensers. The furniture and bedding is sorely lacking.
But overall it has everything you need. The beds aren’t awful and the AC worked well. The bathroom is exceptionally tiny but our family of 4 did fine.
It’s just what you’d expect from any National Park Lodge. Just the basics, nothing fancy, but clean and comfortable. You come for the location and the views, and those can’t be beat.