El Cosmico: A Photo Diary

El Cosmico is a 21-acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas. You can bring your own tent and self-camp or you can glamp it up in a variety of trailers, yurts, tepees, or tents. 

I took myself here in June for a four day writing retreat and spent endless hours working through poems in the campground lobby, swaying in hammock grove with a good book, and soaking in the Dutch tub.

The campground lobby hosts a gift shop (a lot of beautiful but expensive goods and crafts from local artists) and a lounge...with vinyl always spinning, funky candles glowing, and one of the few places to connect to WiFi. Although I was visiting El Cosmico to camp, reflect, and (momentarily) unplug, I had gone to write for a solid couple of days and a place to plug in my laptop was welcome. 

The camp has an outdoor community kitchen and a slew of outdoor showers. I've always been a sucker for bathing in the open air (there are walls for privacy but you are essentially showering under the warm, Texas sun). 

I reserved a Dutch tub for four hours one evening and soaked in cauldron of soothing water that was warmed by a cedar-fed fire. 

For a lot of travelers, El Cosmico is their final destination (El Cosmico hosts the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love every fall), but for others it is merely an one-night stop on their way to Big Bend National Park. 

Either way, I would go back in a heartbeat.