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Bubble Hotel Makes a Great Debut in West Texas Town of Terlingua

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Who hasn’t dreamt of sleeping under the stars of a Texas sky? On a clear night, they’re amazing, and Basecamp Bubbles in Terlingua is helping others take advantage of that. The night sky in west Texas is something that inspires writers to describe in beautiful prose, poets to muse on, and photographers to wait to capture in the moment. Now, thanks to lodgings formed from inflated spheres – or a bubble hotel – guests can have private views of them all night long, and they make up the first of their kind in America!

Constructed in the early part of December 2018, Basecamp Bubbles consists of private 225-square-foot camping bubbles which are available for rent at Basecamp Terlingua, close to Big Bend National Park. Each one comes with a queen-sized bed, a small sitting area, a coffee station, a mini-fridge, and even a full bathroom! Their view of the Chisos Mountains is an added bonus. And, if you’re looking for a more rustic appeal, there are additional outdoor showers outside the bubbles as well as fire pits with seating areas. In case, like many, you thought visitors would swelter in the bubbles throughout the day, take heart. Each of them comes with a daylight shade system and they’re all climate controlled. In the evenings, there’s also an illumination system, allowing the bubbles to look like orbs, glowing in the west Texas night (sound familiar?). It’s the bubble hotel of your dreams!

Bubble Hotel Makes a Great Debut in West Texas Town of Terlingua

Photo: Facebook/Basecamp Terlingua

As you can imagine, the response has been huge! These accommodations are presently booked each weekend through May. If you’re interested in checking them out this year, there are still some weekdays available and even some summertime weekends. The cost isn’t prohibitive whatsoever! Each bubble rents from upwards of $189 per night, with varying rates according to the season. Also, if you’re taking the family, you should know that kids under 12 get to stay for free! It’s a unique opportunity to take in the west Texas starry nights from a pleasant bubble hotel as your own private base camp. From here, you can visit this tiny Texas ghost town which attracts visitors year-round for photography, a hugely successful chili-cookoff, and events in the quaint places and structures still in existence at this once-thriving mining town of days gone by!