I bought a piece of land that used to have a business on it, but I have converted it to a residence. It is just outside of the city limits of a very small town. The location is kinda rustic but has the basics one would expect.
The nearest Walmart is about 25 miles away, but we do have a small local market, convenience stores nearby, a few restaurants, a truck stop, a hardware store, and a medical clinic if needed. There is some low-level highway and railroad noise in the area. Not a lot, but it is there.
This property is wide open, so sometimes it gets windy here. We are not quite 'the middle of nowhere' but you can see it from here...
We have water spigots for filling your fresh tank (free of course) but you might need about 30 feet of potable water hose to do so.
Cargo trailer conversions and those sleeping in tents or vans or pickup camper shells are welcome also, provided they have a decent level of sanitation and 'self-containment'.
I have a small friendly pooch who is very sociable and loves company, and also we have a shy cat, she likes to stay hidden when we have company so you will probably not even see her.
This location is somewhat close to a cattle auction...a 'sale barn'...and on Wednesday evenings there is usually some racket from that sale barn as cattle are brought in. Thursday is 'sale day'...you will be able to hear the cattle and the sounds of the ranchhands, cowboys, and cattle trucks as they load up the 'doggies'....So it can be a bit noisier on Wednesday evening and Thursdays. Weekends (Friday thru Monday) tend to be very quiet here.
Early and late arrivals/departures are fine.
Portable generators are allowed 24/7 but should be at least 50 feet from the building or other guests. Built-in gensets can be run 24/7 anywhere on the property. Please no loud music after midnight.
Electric (and water) hookup are FREE for the first day and night to help RV travelers, but if staying longer, I prefer a donation to offset cost of electricity and water, $5 per day will cover it.
Currently this county is under an outdoor burn-ban. Please, no campfires, but of course, portable propane grills are OK.
There are no facilities or play areas here for teens or young children.
Well behaved pets are always welcome, however, they should be supervised as the nearby pasture has cattle that graze just past a barbed wire fence. Aggressive or dangerous dogs are not allowed.
Smoking is fine, please dispose of butts in the receptacles provided. Remember the dry conditions, don't flick ashes on the dry grass!
Social distancing practiced here....we should expect no handshakes etc...sorry but that is life as we know it now.
The gravel driveway from the main road is angled, with a couple of turns. RVs up to about 30 feet can access this location. Fifth wheel campers cannot make the approach without scraping or other damage... sorry.
Motorhomes with long rear overhangs or pulling a 'toad' may drag when exiting, depends on how much clearance you have. More is better!
If your rig can handle typical forest roads and off-pavement access, it should have no problem here.
There is plenty of parking, mostly hard-packed dirt and gravel. There is currently no pavement on this property. Low-clearance or very long vehicles that need flat, smooth pavement can't be accommodated.
Mid winter is not a good time to stay here unless you are prepared for snow and ice. Summers can be brutally hot.
But fall and spring are good times to visit, especially for travelers and snowbirds criss-crossing the country during those times of the year.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Caprock Canyons State Park, Buffalo Springs Lake, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (free camping there too!) Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus
Nearby stuff to do:
This was a great stop on our way out west. Brian was an awesome host who was willing to do anything to help us out.
This place has it all (or "had" it all at some time during its existence.) Great visit with the host who gave us the history of his place. The night we were there we had a terrific rain storm and were buffeted by fierce winds. This place was just what we needed for our trip and we had a nice time with our host.
Be sure to follow his access directions carefully. It's a bit tricky, especially if you have a bigger rig.
Great stay at Winford Station! We appreciated the hosts hospitality and would definitely recommend. Super host and made us feel so welcome. We hope to be in the area again!
Our host was very helpful, kind, accommodating and informative. Great stay! Looking forward to a return visit. Highly recommend! Loved little Cami. Thanks again!
This was our second stay at Winford. We definitely enjoyed visiting and catching up on changes since our last stay. This location is perfect for a day trip to either Cap Rock Canyon or Palo Duro Canyon. We hope to stay here again when we are in the area.
We loved our stay at Winford Station! Our host could not have been more friendly, welcoming, and accommodating. We enjoyed visiting with him and getting the tour and history of his super cool and unique property. And his dog was sure to greet us every time we saw each other too, she is the cutest. Wish we could have stayed longer and hope we'll make it through his neck of the woods again. Thanks so much for hosting us!
My host was very gracious. He is a ham radio operator and gave me a lesson in it. The weather was cold and windy so we didn't get to visit much. Convenient locatioj!
We had a wonderful stay at this host's location and recommend him to everyone. He is charming and enjoyable to talk with; we enjoyed hearing about the history of his unique home. He made sure we found his place easily, giving us specific directions and even setting out orange cones for us to see his driveway. There are outdoor places to sit and eat. There's cattle, llama, and brahma in the pasture next door. We love this host's dog and wanted to take her home with us. Our host was helpful with the local sights, which included telling us (before we got to his place) to secure a reservation for the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. We would not have known to do so in advance and would have been turned away at the gate if it weren't for his thoughtfulness. We loved the canyons and had a great time hiking. Caprock Canyon is nearby also. This was a great, safe stay.
We had a great stay with Winford. He is exceptionally friendly, helpful & generous. We would highly recommend a stay here. If you do, pay close attention to the directions he gives you. They are superb and might save you having to backtrack.
My host and his pup were so welcoming! We had a great visit. And I had such a peaceful night. Definitely a great spot to stop after a long drive across Texas. I wish there had been a spot on the road to stop and take a pic of my hosts as they waved farewell. Such a perfect example of Texas hospitality.
We had a great visit with the host. He's very accomadating. We felt very welcomed. I hope Cami isn't still waiting for us. Would stay here again if in the area.
I wish they had a happier happy face for my opinion of this stay!!
I slept under the shadow of a 250ft radio tower on several acres of land over looking what this part of the USA is famous for...home home on the range where the deer and the antelope play. A most congenial, friendly and generous host. I think a lifelong friendship was made and for sure I'll visit him again. The stories, the laughs and the historical background to the area really made this stay special. He made a great effort to make sure I found him with bight orange pylons and then even led me out this morning to make sure I got on the right road. An over the top host who I would highly recommend to any one. Thanks Winford! Benji said thanks too!
If you are looking for a quaint place and enjoy visiting with owner then this is the place for you.Nothing fancy but is honest and Winford is well versed and can talk as wide a range of subjects as I have encountered. Very relaxing evening visiting on front porch star gazing sharing a cool beer. We will stop again.
We enjoyed meeting and getting to know the host. He's got a sweet setup. It's level, has hookups and very peaceful. We look forward to staying again.