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Fossil Knob Ridge -rainbow: Ultra Modern Container Home

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1 bedroom, Internet
Living Room
1 bedroom, Internet

Overview of Fossil Knob Ridge -rainbow: Ultra Modern Container Home

Fossil Knob Ridge -rainbow: Ultra Modern Container Home

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire home

1 bedroom1 bathroomSleeps 2

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
Terlingua, TX

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationBarton Warnock Visitor Center23 min drive
  • Popular LocationWest Contrabando Trailhead35 min drive
  • Popular LocationSanta Elena Canyon62 min drive

Space details

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Bedroom 1
    1 king bed
Bathroom 1

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Fossil Knob Ridge -rainbow: Ultra Modern Container Home

Vacation home in Terlingua
Fossil Knob Ridge - Rainbow Rental: Relax is Style at this Ultra-Modern Container Home Near Terlingua Ghost Town

The Space:
High Clearance Vehicle Recommended due to rough and rocky roads.

Book your vacation at the ultimate modern vacation rentals in the rugged outback of the Big Bend region. In a land of endless mountain and desert vistas that is famed for ghost town ruins, rustic adobes, and Old West ranch homes, the Fossil Knob Ridge vacation rentals offer a unique contrast. The ultra-modern vacation rentals at Fossil Knob Ridge are contemporary homes built from recycled shipping containers. Yes, you read that right. These vacation rental homes are constructed from big metal boxes that were originally used for transporting cargo across the globe on trains and ocean freighters. The owner purchased them from a shipping company and converted them into contemporary and stylish living spaces. Don’t worry though, they are far more than just metal boxes with some furniture. Indeed, these homes offer the most neoteric lodging in the Terlingua area.

Fossil Knob Ridge offers four separate units. Each rental is similarly styled but each is unique in size, layout, design, furnishings, amenities, views, and occupancy level. The rentals are named after some of the local cinnabar mines that were the basis of settlement of this region in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The Chisos and 248 rentals sleep up to four. Chisos has a King bed and a queen fold out sofa. The 248 has two king beds. The Rainbow and Mariscal rentals are a little smaller and both sleep two, with a king bed in each.


The Rainbow rental is an ultra-modern home built from two recycled 20’ shipping containers. Joined together and offset from one another to create a comfortable living space. Living area, dining area, bedroom and kitchen. Modern design, styling, and art are featured inside and out. Please view the photos for the best description.

Sleeps two guests. The bedroom has a king-sized bed. If you have a larger group, or simply want more space, we recommend booking multiple rentals at Fossil Knob Ridge. It is close by but faces away from the other rentals. All rentals have privacy and their own unique views.

Each of the Fossil Knob Ridge Rentals are on the electric grid for reliable and ample electric power. All are fully air-conditioned and heated and have modern electric appliances. Potable water is trucked in and stored in holding tanks for your use. There is plenty of water available but trucking it in is expensive. We ask that you conserve it, but not so much as to compromise your comfort.

Located just one-mile northwest of the world famous Terlingua Ghost Town and twenty miles northwest of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. Fossil Knob Ridge overlooks the Ghost Town and has breathtaking mountain views, including the Chisos Mountains and into Mexico.
Relax inside or on the shaded patio. Explore the fossil strewn 20-acre property. Drive or walk (it’s a long but enjoyable walk in good weather) into the Ghost Town to explore the historic ruins, dine, drink, enjoy live music, or hang out with local and travelers from around the globe. If you play an instrument or sing, join in on an impromptu jam, session on the porch of the old trading post. Drive into Big Bend Nation Park or Big Bend Ranch State park for endless outdoor adventures. Book a river trip, jeep tour, horseback ride, mountain bike rental, guided hike, or guided hunt. Enjoy a controlled campfire. Marvel at the night skies. Watch the stunning sunrises and sunsets. Do as much or as little as you like. Then, come back again and do even more or even less.

Interaction with Guests:
We manage several properties and live several miles away. We are available by phone, text, email, or messaging. We are typically only on site for cleaning or maintenance issues.
Bathrooms include showers.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Internet access


  • 1 bedroom


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property


  • Sleeps 2

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited

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About this area


This vacation home is located in Terlingua. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park.

What's nearby

  • Barton Warnock Visitor Center - 23 min drive
  • West Contrabando Trailhead - 35 min drive
  • Homer Wilson Ranch - 51 min drive
  • Santa Elena Canyon - 62 min drive
  • Castolon Visitor Center - 76 min drive


  • Starlight Theatre — 6 min drive
  • High Sierra Bar & Grill — 7 min drive
  • La Kiva Restaurant & Bar — 12 min drive
  • Rio Bravo Mexican Restaurant — 13 min drive
  • Big Bend Resort Restaurant — 14 min drive

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Overall score and ratings



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5/5 Excellent

Perfect stay with incredible views
Our two night stay in Mariscal House was exactly what we were seeking. Beautiful rental with jaw dropping mountain views. Stars, stars and more stars could be seen in the night sky...Clean, well equipped and nicely located to Big Bend NP. Communication and suggestions were excellent. Terlingua was a fun, yet quaint community. Starlight theater for dinner one night was convenient and delicious. We will definitely reserve Fossil Knob Ridge for our next trip to far west Texas.

5/5 Excellent

Great getaway
Great place, beautiful silence and star gazing, spot, confortable and with every single thing you need, I spent my 45th Bd with my son, had never seen him so happy and excited, at nights he said he felt he was in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon :)