STORY BY Emily Ferber
photography by Jesse Lenz
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.