I’ve created this site to share information about my land (around 6 acres) in the beautiful Chihuahuan desert of Culberson County, Texas, about a mile south of the old ghost town of Lobo (which is why I call my place South Lobo) and 17 miles south of I-10 at Van Horn.
The Rio Grande valley is about 15 miles to the west of this site, and about 2 miles east is Chispa Mountain (about 1200 feet higher than the surrounding country).
Some day I hope to operate a small interfaith chapel and emergency water station (this land is located about 15 miles as the crow flies from Mexico) but for now it is just a beautiful bit of country for camping. You can learn more about our mission by searching for “South Lobo, Texas.”
There is no power or water on site and minimal shade. You are welcome to hike, mountain bike, explore, etc but ATV’s are not allowed (except on the dirt road).
This is also a great location for railfans (Amtrak goes through here six times per week while going between San Antonio and Los Angeles, but there is also some freight traffic) but also for stargazers and ham radio operators (very low electrical noise levels).
- The Border Patrol is frequently in this area, so please do not be surprised if they come by and say hello while you are camping. If they ask about your presence, tell them you are camping with the permission of the landowner, but otherwise I recommend that you tell them nothing else.
- Other than the border patrol, you are unlikely to encounter any other people. The biggest danger out here is dehydration. Be sure and bring more water than you think you’ll need as it is a long drive back to Van Horn. (and if you have any extra left, please consider leaving it behind for emergency use from refugees who may be passing through).
- Please also remember that the train crossing does not have lights or a gate. The trains come fast through here, so please, please be careful when crossing here, particularly if pulling a trailer. You are solely responsible for safely crossing.
- The only dangerous wildlife you are likely to encounter are spiders and scorpions.
- This area is under a fire ban (and has been for some time), so please no camp fires. You can however use a camp stove (either propane or charcoal), but please use extra caution.
- For smokers — please pick up all butts and ensure that you are not taking any chance of starting a fire.
Area attractions: Van Horn is a nice town (with some decent food, stores, etc.). The famous Prada Marfa isn’t far away and of course there is the ghost town in Lobo (where they occasionally have film festivals and other events). Lots of folks pass through this area going between Big Bend and the Guadalupe Mountains. Please do your best to clean up your camp site when you leave so that this unique landscape will be preserved for future visitors to see and experience.
- For self-contained RV and primitive campers coming by car, you can reserve your campsite via Hipcamp.com.
- We occasionally have migrants passing through the area from Mexico, so if you are willing to leave behind at least 3 gallon bottles of water, you can camp for free. Just text me at 405-494-0562 to let me know you are coming and then take a picture of the bottles on the land after you camp. In time I hope we can have a weather-proof chest on the land to keep non-perishable food and first aid supplies as well.
- I also allow free camping to anyone coming by foot, bicycle or horse. I do not charge for these campers because: (1) most of the environmental impact of camping here comes by way of the vehicles, and (2) we do have migrants occasionally passing through the area from Mexico, and I believe in the Jewish Humanistic values of hospitality to those in need.
Getting to the land is a little tricky, so I’ve created a map that gives more precise directions, as well as shows the approximate property lines (FYI— I’ve drawn the lines a little bit conservatively on the map to not take a chance to having anyone trespass on a neighbor’s land)
These photos were shot by a recent guest to the land: