One of us dreams of conquering Naked and Afraid – the other cried and called their parents the first time they went to Girl Scout camp. Take a guess on the above. El Cosmico peaked our attention when we heard style icon and J.Crew’s creative director Jenna Lyons stayed there last Thanksgiving. After getting sucked into the grandeur views of teepees and renovated airstream trailers, we were officially in; the trip to Marfa was put in place, and we were going to stay at this surreal campground. Side note, ‘campground’ doesn’t do this magical place justice.
Naked and Afraid"
El Cosmico was the inspired vision of Liz Lambert, who bought and started renovation on the land in 2006. It’s inspiration draws from West-Texas natives and the ideal American hippie. After beginning the partnership with renowned architects at Lake|Flato and Jack Sanders of Design Build Adventure, she opened the grounds in 2009. Since then it has been a place of serenity mixed with eclectic digs that has drawn celebrities, bloggers and those looking for a one-of-kind experience at this special place.
Before we get into the night we had at El Cosmico, let’s start with a few tips. As you begin to plan your trip, know that you’re going to need to plan El Cosmico months out. Not two weekends before, or sixty days … months. We took the risk of going in early March where temperatures at night fall below freezing in this desert climate, which made it easier to book. I should just get it out there that I was in charge of reservations, and in true fashion accidentally booked a Safari tent instead of a Teepee. That realization two hours before check-in was a huge bummer, but once we parked our wagon full of supplies in front of this little white tent, our disappointment quickly faded. The Safari tents, while small, are full of charm with a chandelier lamp constructed of iron, colorful yellow furniture accents and the official El Cosmico rainbow striped duvet. Sure, the teepee was priority, but how could we not fall in love with our surroundings.
El Cosmico stretches across a good stretch of land, accompanied by a row of hammocks, a communal kitchen supplied with a marquee you can craft your own messages, and a fun mix of candy-colored airstream trailers. This place in the heaviest of terms was Heaven - coming from the girl who cried at Girl Scout camp.
Since this was our final night in Marfa, we loosely set an agenda of settling in, having a few cocktails and lounging around on hammocks followed by a night out at some of Marfa’s late night establishments. After a few down-the-hatches (see this video for the reference), our last night in Marfa ended with some antics that could only be tolerated on camp grounds. But we were in good company – and El Cosmico is the type of environment to let loose, enjoy the view and truly step into a different time. Never have we felt more relaxed on vacation, even in the moments of insanity, which we deemed ‘blogging and boozing’. You can see if Patricio wants to spill the details about those two hours.
Check-out time has never come too soon the way it came at 12p that next day – even leading me to sheepishly beg the girl who checked us out if there were any cancellations. The post, these pictures, and any website you go to research about this place cannot do it justice. Just take our advice – find an opening and go. Book two nights if you can – and find the self-control to leave when it’s time. El Cosmico has quickly become one of our favorite places, and after one stay you’ll realize why.