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In keeping with the belief that life should be a balance of adventure and do-nothingness we offer shelter, occasional entertainment, opportunity for learning/doing/making, and access to the majesty of the high plains desert. From its wide open spaces to the vast canopy of stars above, El Cosmico provides temporary liberation from the built world. It is second home to intrepid travelers and wanderers from all corners of the planet.

Accommodations at El Cosmico include renovated vintage trailers, safari and scout tents, Sioux-style tepees, a Mongolian yurt, and tent campsites. The property also offers several communal spaces for guests – a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a community lounge and mercantile, an outdoor stage, a reading room. There is wood-fired hot tubs for rent as the burn ban allows, and bikes for exploring Marfa.

Marfa is located in the high plains desert, at an altitude of 4800 ft. When reserving accommodations between November and March, please keep in mind that evening temperatures may fall below 32 degrees. When temperatures drop below freezing, the pipes at the outdoor bath houses will freeze.

El Cosmico also serves as a hub for occasional happenings that elevate the mind, body and creative spirit, and is a great place to get your hands dirty when the need arises. Their evolving program of workshops and retreats includes building, cooking and art classes, songwriting workshops and more. In addition to the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love held annually each fall, El Cosmico hosts concerts, movies, art and cultural events throughout the year. Visit their Happenings page to see what’s going on.

El Cosmico takes its inspiration from a long American history of hippies, nomads, bohemians and those living a life of self-determination. They believe in tuning in, dropping out and being here now. They are equally inspired by the colors and cultures of India, and they recognize Garuda as their guiding muse and totem.

Garuda is known in both Buddhist and Hindu traditions as the supreme golden sunbird and carrier of the gods. Out in this part of the world, it is common to see a powerful bird surfing the desert's thermal updrafts. The image of Garuda is used as an amulet to protect the bearer from snake attack and its poison, since the king of birds is an implacable enemy and "devourer of serpent".  The mantra, should you need it, reads, “Om Tarakishya (Garuda), cast down my enemies, trample the diseases and venom that might invade me.”

Lobby House and Provision Co: This is where you check in, gather provisions including beer, wine, snacks, adventure necessities and recuerdos of your Marfa adventure, and hang out indoors or on the front porch. In honor of the occasional need to really get away from the world, this is the only location at El Cosmico with wireless access to internet. 

Bath Houses: The bath house features showers, a tub, toilets, sinks and a few electrical outlets. Camping doesn't have to be dirty. They carry a variety of travel necessities in the lobby store. 

The communal outdoor kitchen has a fridge, sink, several bar-b-cues and picnic tables.

The range of options here are, as said above, very wide. From self-camping, on to yurts, tee pees, and all the way to a huge apartment on Highland Street in the heart of downtown Marfa. The 3800 square foot apartment is located above the Ayn Foundation (which houses several Andy Warhol artworks) and offers an expansive retreat that is similar in spirit to El Cosmico, but with more walls. The unit has two bedrooms with king beds and private bathrooms, as well as generous living, kitchen and dining rooms, panoramic windows and the elegant convergence of art deco and West Texas minimalist design. The Brite Building apartment also offers complimentary wifi, daily housekeeping and a well-stocked minibar.

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