GPS will send you careening down unmarked dirt roads so be sure to bring a paper map and get directions from Ronda, the proprietor of Tin Valley. In regards to where to stay in Terlingua, there's a few options: airstream glamping, rustic cabins or a ghost town inn. I chose a 1967 vintage Airstream at Tin Valley, with an antique clawfoot tub and donkey “watchdog” named Sampson in the middle of the Terlingua Creek badlands.
This place is truly in the middle of nowhere - welcome in a few nights of solitude, scribbling poetry, and hanging by a late night bonfire with a renegade crew. There’s a subtle alchemy, the night skies insist on conversations of philosophy and astrology.
The number 1 and 2 questions in Terlingua: “Where are you from” (everyone wandered here from somewhere else) and “How long are you staying?” the locals know, the quirky charm of this place is intoxicating.
There’s really only two things to do in Terlingua, however the experience of those two things is powerful, so be sure to devote the time. The first, hanging out in the Terlingua Ghost Town. The second a trip to Big Bend National Park.
Both are full day adventures, and Tin Valley is the perfect place to come "home" at night.