El Cosmico


STORY BY Emily Ferber
photography by Jesse Lenz

  200 PAGES PERFECT BOUND 4 COLOR LITHO PRINTING FSC APPROVED PAPER PRINTED IN USA

 

200 PAGES
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4 COLOR LITHO PRINTING
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It’s hard not to be charmed by El Cosmico’s assorted accommodations. Like the pricier end of Marfa’s lodging spectrum, Ranch 2810, El Cosmico isn’t exactly a hotel in the traditional sense. 


Owner Liz Lambert bought the property in 2006—then, just an 18-acre expanse of desert—but it wasn’t until three years later that she opened it as a continually evolving arrangement of alternative dwellings.  Lambert, whose Bunkhouse Group includes similarly unorthodox hotel offerings in Austin and San Antonio, scattered the plot with campsites, safari and scout tents, Sioux-style tepees, and renovated vintage trailers.

Among the offerings is a 1950 Branstrator Trailer with full bed and indoor plumbing for $90 a night and a roomier 1956 Imperial Mansion with a king and twin bed for $125 a night. Dwellers tight on cash can opt for more rustic yurts or tepees, furnished with futons and lanterns, starting at $80 a night. Visit at the end of summer to catch the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love, an annual three-day music festival, workshop, and marketplace hosted on the property.