My husband, toddler son and I stayed here for a few nights with our friends (also a couple with a toddler) a few months ago, and while I really wanted to love it, I'm not so sure I did. We chose to tent camp to save money. I had hoped there would be actual campsites, but it's basically a big open field with a few trees (so the tents naturally cluster around the trees). We were lucky enough to get a spot under some trees, so we had shade...but there's not really anything to see, other than the yurts, teepee, and trailers.
I liked the outdoor restrooms but had a few run-ins with bees. I'm assuming that was just a temporary thing. They had an outdoor kitchen available but we were not able to use it one night due to a private party (and, as you might imagine, it was a bit loud that night).
I will say for camping with toddlers, it worked. There didn't seem to be too much trouble for the little guys to get into, and they had lots of fun with the wagons El Cosmico provides to help you tote your stuff to your site. There was plenty of space for them to play with sticks and balls without wandering off the side of a cliff.
All in all, I guess I just wasn't that impressed. The house had a really cool vibe and they sold some pretty sweet-looking t-shirts, but it wasn't really camping...nor was it anything else. It was like we pitched our tent in someone's yard and they had a cool outdoor bathroom we could use. It was nice being so close to Marfa, Ft. Davis, McDonald Observatory, and Balmorrhea, but I'd much prefer to camp in the parks next time we go -- or stay in a hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Cosmico is an 21 acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas. In keeping with the belief that life should be a balance of adventure and do-nothingness we offer shelter, occasional entertainment, opportunity for learning/doing/making, and access to the majesty of the high plains desert. From its wide open spaces to the vast canopy of stars above, El Cosmico provides temporary liberation from the built world. It is second home to intrepid travelers and wanderers from all corners of the planet. Accommodations at El Cosmico include renovated vintage trailers, safari and scout tents, Sioux-style tepees, a Mongolian yurt, and tent campsites. The property also offers several communal spaces for guests - a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a community lounge and mercantile, an outdoor stage, a reading room. We rent wood-fired hot tubs as the burn ban allows, and bikes for exploring Marfa. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- El Cosmico Marfa, Texas