FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
SOMETIMES ASKED QUESTIONS
PART I: RIVER
HOW FAR IS THE RIVER?
The Guadalupe River is approximately 1 mile away whether hiking or driving - inside the Milagro gate.
For hiking, be prepared for a steep, rocky walk. In the summertime, it can be brutally hot and arduous. However, some people do find it a nice way to get their ‘steps’ in and are up for the challenge. During cooler weather or in the morning/evenings - it can be rather enjoyable…
For driving, a 4WD/AWD is required. Without a 4WD, it is not safe to take this drive, you will have to drive around the river to reach our other entrance (it's a beautiful but longer drive - approx 15-20min).
After booking the reservation, addresses will be provided.
CHECKLIST OF SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THE RIVER
#1 - Floats: We have 12+ floats; 6-8 of them are the River Run ones (blue/white from Walmart); they have bottoms - these are not ideal for floating the rocky Guadalupe River, but they’ll work. These are also not suggested to take ice chests, heavy speakers, etc. We also have the black inner tubes that can be found at tube companies; unfortunately, these do not have bottoms yet.
#2 - River shoes: flip flops won’t work!
#3 - Cash: you’ll need a way to pay for ‘put in’ or parking
#4 - Icechest with ice, refreshments, WATER, snacks
#5 - Sunblock, hat, sunglasses
#6 - Waterproof container for phone
#7 - Speaker
HOW CAN WE FLOAT THE RIVER?
#1 During float season (normally May-September), we suggest walking/driving across the bridge at River Road and Second Crossing. Within a few feet from our river gate entrance, you will find Roy's Tube Rentals. They will rent you "durable" river tubes, take you up the river and you float back to them/us (normally ice chests floats are fee )
#2 If not interested in hiring an outfitter, decide how long you want to float (if you’re exiting at Camp Milagro)
As of writing this, if you ‘put in’ at The LoneStar Float House, you can expect about a 2-hour float (it's currently a low, slow flow). Koozies/CAPs would be closer to a 3-hour float. Leave a car at our entry, so you can drive back up the river to pick up your other car.
NOTE: There will be either a drop-off or parking fee; approx $5+pp
#3 Just borrow a tube from us, tie it off to a log or rock, then just sit back and enjoy!
Put on plenty of sunscreen consider packing extra; other sun protection: sunglasses & strap, hat, ice chest (ice, drinks, WATER, snacks), cash (drop-off or parking), RIVER SHOES, music speaker, water protection for cellphone
NOTES: we don’t recommend our tubes for floating with ice chests or speakers; they are not as durable as the one the tube companies provide.
WHAT IS PRIVATE PROPERTY AND WHAT IS CAMP MILAGRO?
The Cabins at Camp Milagro are on 12 acres. An additional 78 acres of Camp Milagro can be reached via the rocky ravine; for a total of 90 acres. Once inside the Milagro gate (at entry) the rocky road will lead ALL the way to the other gate & along the 1/3 mile of river frontage.
Private property will consist of everything outside the property gate.
“River” arrows and “Camp Milagro” signs can be found along the path & along the river frontage.
We’ll be happy to help you!
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
We take great pride in keeping our property "natural". By booking The Cabins at Camp Milagro, you understand that we are situated in a remote location on 90 acres in the Texas Hill Country with an abundance of wildlife and rough terrain. We have steep inclines, and rocky surfaces that be difficult to traverse and bumpy to drive on. While on the property, you may see armadillos, hogs, spiders, snakes, scorpions, fox, birds of prey, skunks, mosquitos, etc. Always be aware of your surroundings. You also understand that you are responsible for all risks and bodily injury for you and your guests while staying at Camp Milagro
PART II: AMENITIES
ARE PILLOWS, BLANKETS, TOWELS, AND OTHER AMENITIES PROVIDED?
Our beds are have upgraded mattresses with 100% cotton bedding. All sheets, blankets, comforters, shams are changed out and washed between guest stays.
(Side Note: When the cabins are not rented, I often invite my friends to stay and visit… I make sure the quality is up to our higher expectations…. “not your typical rental!”).
WHAT ABOUT TOILETRIES?
We try to provide as many necessities as possible. What we have:
- Body Wash - Hand Wash
- Shampoo - Lotion
- Conditioner - Toilet Paper
Forgot something? We have a drawer of new ‘extras’: toothbrushes, razors, ibuprofen, etc.
Personal Note: We took a family vacation to Disney for a week and stayed in a vacation rental - which was very nice… BUT we ended up spending hundreds & hundreds of dollars on basics (from shampoo to toilet paper… for each bathroom). Not only was this an unexpected cost, but a waste since we didn’t bring all of it back - plus trying to fit bulky items in our already piled rental car - just a nightmare in general.
WHAT BRAND TOILETRIES DO WE HAVE?
I’ve tried and ‘approved’ products from The Public Goods Company - good, natural products; environmental-friendly; with great results. Something me and my family now uses and appreciate!
WHAT IS THERE TO DO (besides the river)?
We offer games - for both inside & out. Here are a few:
Outside: Corn-hole, giant Jenga, rubber horseshoes, hook & ring toss, Slam-Jam, etc
Indoor: playing cards, poker chips, dominos, (some board games)
Visiting/viewing areas: several places to enjoy, wrap-around porches, 3rd-floor telescope, fire-pit
Pool Information below
We have a 'dipping pool', similar to the size of a large hot-tub, approx 30" deep.
* attached to the pool is a pond & waterfall, please stay out of these decorative areas
The pool can be heated, but is costly .... contact us for a quote (varies due to propane cost).
Notes on heating the pool: it is not a hot-tub and will not become steaming hot; however, we can heat it to an approx 90-degrees. It will take approx 8 hours to get to the ideal temperature. The cost of heating is for a 24-hour period.
WEATHER RELATED INFORMATION
We have umbrellas to borrow if needed while staying at The Cabins.
** During the summer, the weather can be HOT, be prepared.
PART III: COOKING OR EATING OUT
Like many places, things are ever-changing due to CoVid. Restaurants in Gruene and New Braunfels, are all affected due to current laws. Suggest calling individual restaurants to see what is open, hours, seating capacity (NOTE: max people per table/group), etc. Many places are also offering order pickup and have special menus.
Small town note: many local restaurants are not open on Mondays and most close earlier than in most cities (even on the weekends).
The Gristmill (Gruene) - Casual: family-friendly
Muck & Fuss (New Braunfels) - Casual, trendy: family-friendly
Gruene Door (Gruene): Nice, dinner. Reservations highly suggested
NY Pizza Pub: (New Braunfels): Closest pizza for pickup
Several BBQ restaurants can be found nearby (Rudy's, Black's)
*Unfortunately, we haven’t found any restaurants that deliver to our location
HOW TO USE THE PIZZA OVEN & SMOKER?
It does take lots of wood to keep the fire going - we have lots of wood but feel free to bring specialty woods or whatever you feel you NEED. To cook pizza, you will need to plan for about one hour time to heat up to significant heat. Once a consistent, high fire, then add pizza. (For pizzas, you can either have your own dough, add your toppings, or buy pre-prepared pizzas - and put it on fire).
We have a pizza stone (already in the smoker), a long wood pizza handle, a pizza cutter.
WHAT’S AVAILABLE FOR COOKING OUTDOORS?
Besides the smoker/pizza oven, we have a charcoal bbq pit as well as a gas grill.
We try to always check and keep a supply of charcoal, propane gas, and wood… we try.
WHAT ABOUT COOKING INDOORS?
We have everything ‘needed’ for cooking indoors: refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, blender, etc. We have cooking utensils, steak knives, flatware, etc. We try to have extras: foil, saran wrap, condiments, spices… so, if you need them, use them - if you have extra, please leave it for the next guest.
We’ve had guests make a full Thanksgiving dinner at our place; plus make gourmet pizzas, smoked briskets, and prepare steak dinners that would rival the best restaurants.
PART IV: CABINS - Sleeping Arrangements, Bathrooms, Etc
WHAT IS IN EACH CABIN?
There are 3 different cabins (only rented out altogether).
Cabin #1 - The Main Cabin - has everything needed: Full Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Area, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Washer/Dryer.
Cabin #2: 2 Separate Bedrooms with separate entrances; 1 upstairs, 1 downstairs. There is now a bathroom immediately outside the cabin. (Our new silo-restroom)
Cabin #3: 2 story cabin with sitting-area downstairs and bed upstairs. There is a restroom immediately outside the door of this cabin.
WHAT ARE THE SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS:
The Main Cabin sleeps 6 people (2 in each room) as follows: Master Bedroom downstairs with king bed, sitting-area, and private master bathroom. 2 Upstairs Bedrooms with queen beds and shared full bathroom.
The 2nd Cabin sleeps 4 (2 in each room): Has 2 queen bedrooms (one upstairs, one downstairs - with separate entrances). A bathroom is immediately outside this cabin
The 3rd Cabin sleeps 2: One queen bedroom (upstairs). A bathroom is immediately outside this cabin.
TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN:
All children are different... Babies & toddlers should sleep in the immediate area of parents. Children sleeping separately from parents should be instructed on lights and bathrooms (areas can be dark, steep, scary if unfamiliar). Adolescents 'should' be fine sleeping in outer cabins. Again, everyone should be familiar with lights, areas, bathroom location.
There are a total of 4.5 bathrooms: (Main cabin: 2.5 baths, Outer cabins have 'outdoor bathroom')
In the main cabin, there is a half-bathroom in the general space for everyone to share (and has a stackable washer/dryer in this area). The grand, master bathroom is attached to the master bedroom. There is a full bathroom upstairs between the two queen bedrooms. Each outer cabin has an 'outdoor bathroom' within steps of each.
BEDS & BEDDING
We are often asked about the names/brands of our mattresses since they are so comfortable. All are top-of-the-line with upscale mattress pads. Pillows are quality style and replaced often. Bedding is all 100% cotton, including sheets, blankets, and comforters. ** As of 2020, all bedding has been changed to all-white to be all be high-temped bleached.
PART V: RETURNING…
WHY SHOULD YOU RETURN FOR A SECOND, THIRD, MORE VISIT?
The Cabins at Camp Milagro offer so much to do. Of course, the summers are the most popular times to visit… but, there are reasons to visit in different seasons:
SUMMER: It's so hot, it seems the only thing to do is jump in the river to cool down. The Guadalupe River always seems to run a cool 70ish degrees…. We also have our dipping pool - perfect for youngsters to feel like they’re swimming and adults to just relax.
FALL: Our most favorite time of year. You can actually see the leaves changing, feel a little chill in the air, and truly enjoy the great outdoors (without dying). We have spectacular views from various points on the property… have us show you around. Unfortunately, you won’t want to see them in 100-degree weather but under 85, and it's spectacular! You won’t regret it!
WINTER: A chance to finally turn on the fireplaces! And, boy - that is a treat! You will feel the opulence of (perhaps) 4 fireplaces. This is a chance to enjoy the coziness the cabins provide.
SPRING: Another favorite and maybe the best… just warm enough to enjoy the outdoors… yet avoid the extreme heat. With rains earlier in the year, the river may be the perfect flow. So you have all the bests: some sun, the river flowing, maybe fishing, hiking; actually enjoying the Great Outdoors!
TRADITIONS: A place to return and make memories year after… by returning you’ll be able to enjoy the different aspects - each year offers something different. This is a place that will offer life long stories… whether its animals you’ve encountered, the situations, the beauty. There always something new, if you look.