Our Story



We acquired the 5,800 acre ranch more than seventeen years ago with the vision of developing it into a unique West Texas destination for birders, eco-tourists, and hunters. The property had been a working ranch in the same family from 1900 to 2000, prior to our family acquiring it. Today the Twistflower Ranch proudly offers nature activities, hunting and true West Texas relaxation.

More than half the ranch is set aside as a riparian buffer zone where no livestock grazing is allowed. As a result there is abundant food and cover for our wildlife giving us large numbers of whitetail deer, mule deer, turkey and quail, both bobwhite and scaled. Additionally, with little grazing competition, our wildflowers, including basketflowers, twistlfowers, blue gilia, Texas vervain, prairie verbena, Engelmann’s daisies, and literally more than a hundred other flowering species, thrive.

The property has two wet weather creeks, five distinct ecological zones and over 300 feet of topographic relief. The view from our main lodge is endless. Our canyon views from each cabin provide intimate looks at our abundant wildlife such as javelin, fox, bobcat, whitetail deer, mule deer and more than a hundred bird and plant species, including the delicate threatened twistflower, the ranch’s namesake.


Meet Our Staff


Our staff is our family, literally. The owners, Mike and Donna play active roles in managing the ranch and caring for our guests. Donna is a certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist who will conduct yoga classes for those desiring such sessions. Mike has completed the basic course work of the master naturalist program and provides tours of Native American sites, as well as historical ranch buildings and equipment. The other family member who is a key participant is Ted, our son. Ted constructed many aspects of the facilities and serves as the ranch foreman responsible for water supply, vehicle and facility upkeep, housekeeping, pool maintenance, and nearly any other responsibility demanded by a 5,800 acre ranch.