The Lodge at Fossil Rim

Experience the comforts of home while surrounded by untarnished Texas hill country and unique animals, both native and exotic. Our Lodge is a unique blend of vintage Texas charm and updated conveniences. The perfect home base for a weekend of discovery and outdoor fun.  Built in the 1980s by Fossil Rim’s original owner, Tom Mantzel, this historic home has been converted into a guest house for visitors from all over the world.

The Rooms & Suites

Bluebonnet Suite

The Bluebonnet Suite takes up the third floor of the Lodge. The suite is a cozy blend of dark woods and stone. Settle in next to the decorative fireplace and relax. Featuring a king-sized bed, pull-out couch and optional twin roll away bed, this room can accommodate the whole family. The newly renovated bathroom includes a standalone soaking tub and walk-in shower, as well as a large closet.

This suite is only accessible via a winding staircase. This staircase is original to the house and may not be ideal for those with limited mobility. Maximum occupancy is four. Prices do not include admission to the Gosdin Scenic Drive; you are welcome to purchase either a self-drive tour or one of our guided tours in addition to your stay.

Paintbrush Room

A sister room to the Primrose Room, the Paintbrush is located on the second floor. Perfect for a relaxing and intimate stay, this room features a king-sized bed and pull-out couch. Guests in this room also have access to a private bathroom as well as a private patio. Private parking is available for your convenience.

We recommend this room to guests in need of mobility-friendly accommodations. Two small stone steps are still required to gain access to this room, though our staff is happy to assist in any way necessary. Maximum occupancy is three. Prices do not include admission to the Gosdin Scenic Drive, you are welcome to purchase either a self-drive tour or one of our guided tours in addition to your stay.

Primrose Room

One of two rooms on the second floor of the Lodge, the Primrose features a king bed and pull-out sofa, as well as a dual vanity and a newly renovated walk-in shower. Quiet and tucked away, you can step out onto your private patio to listen to the breeze and for any sounds of wildlife. Semi-private parking is also available for guests of this room.

We recommend this room to guests in need of mobility-friendly accommodations. Two small stone steps are still required to gain access to this room, though our staff is happy to assist in any way necessary. Maximum occupancy is three. Prices do not include admission to the Gosdin Scenic Drive; you are welcome to purchase either a self-drive tour or one of our guided tours in addition to your stay.

Sunflower Suite

Located on the first floor across from the Lounge, the Sunflower Suite is made up of two adjoining rooms. The main bedroom features a king bed, while the second room has two pull-out couches. Large enough for the whole family, this suite is also perfect for a smaller group that wants a private living area. A bathroom is attached, as well as access to a large patio.

Maximum occupancy is six. Prices do not include admission to the Gosdin Scenic Drive; you are welcome to purchase either a self-drive tour or one of our guided tours in addition to your stay.

shared spaces

The Lounge

Located on the ground floor, the lounge is the perfect place to get together with the whole family. Bring games and play at one of our large tables, enjoy a drink at the hightop or catch up with friends while relaxing by the bar.

The Great Room

The main living space of the Lodge, the great room makes up the majority of the second floor. Enjoy one of several seating areas inside, either chatting with fellow guests or enjoying something on the smartTV. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer incredible, up-close views of the park without having to change out of your pajamas.

The Balcony

The renovated balcony wraps around the majority of the second floor. Step through the sliding doors of the Great Room and rest easy on any of the seating options. Fans keep the air circulating even in our Texas summers, and with enough patience you may even spot some of our wildlife wandering the pastures beyond. Patio seating can be taken advantage of anytime, though it’s especially comfortable at sunrise.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What time is check-in/check-out?

 Check-in is anytime after 3 p.m. and check-out is by 11:30 a.m. the last morning of your stay, unless you have a guided tour scheduled. If you are scheduled for a guided tour, we ask that you check-out of your room and remove all belongings before embarking on your tour.

Can I check-in early?

You may request an early check-in or a late check-out at least 24 hours before your scheduled arrival time, but all extended stay requests will incur a $25.00 fee.

The earliest check-in available is 1:30pm.

Can I bring my pet?

No, we restrict pets coming on to our property for both their safety, and the safety of our species. The only outside animals that are allowed on Fossil Rim property are working service animals that have a dedicated task they are trained to do. They must be with the person they work for at all times and they are not allowed to be left at any location unattended.

 If you have a service animal, please inform the Lodge staff before your arrival. Service animals are not allowed on guided tours, but a self-guided drive may be substituted instead.

Are meals offered?

The Lodge offers a continental breakfast of muffins, scones and breakfast sandwiches as well as milk, juice, yogurt and oatmeal.

We do not provide any lunch or dinner options at the Lodge. The Café at the Overlook closes at 5:30 p.m., but there are many options available in Glen Rose or you are welcome to bring your own food. If you do bring your own food, please note that only a microwave and an outside grill  is available for guest use.

Does a tour come with the room?

Tours must be booked separately as an addition to your stay. While booking your room, you have the option to add a safari tour to your total. If you want to take any other tour, such as a behind-the-scenes tour, you must complete this transaction separately from your Lodge reservation, and notify Lodge staff that you have booked a specialty tour. 

**All tours, excluding self-drives, must be booked no later than 36 hours prior to your stay.

Where can I find the gate code?

You will receive your gate code as well as other relevant information in the confirmation email you receive after successfully booking your stay. 

Will I see animals from my room?

The best place for a possible animal sighting is from the deck on the second floor. The Lodge is located in our largest pasture at Fossil Rim, the Main Pasture, which contains more than 400 acres and is home to over 10 species of deer, antelope and native wildlife. With such a vast area for our animals to explore, we can never guarantee that animals will be in the vicinity of the Lodge every day.

Can I walk around outside?

Guests are permitted to enjoy the outdoors on balconies and patios, but MUST remain within the Lodge fence at all times. Any area beyond the fence is considered a wild animal area, and is dangerous for pedestrians. 

Is there a curfew for guests?

No, all guests are provided with a gate code that is active for the duration of their stay that they may use to come and go as they please.

Is the Lodge open year-round?

 Fossil Rim is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day every year. The Lodge is closed the Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving week and December 23rd, 24th and 25th.

Can I get a refund due to inclement weather?

Fossil Rim does not offer refunds due to inclement weather. You will need to contact us before the designated time frame in order to receive a refund. Lodging guests can reschedule their reservation but will incur a $50.00 transfer fee. If Fossil Rim has to cancel your reservation for any reason, you will receive a full refund.

Can I get a gift certificate or voucher?

Fossil Rim does not offer gift certificates or vouchers at this time.

Is the Lodge mobility-friendly?

 The Lodge is not wheelchair accessible, but we do have room options that are more mobility friendly than the rest. A few concrete steps are still used to get up from the driveway, but our staff is willing to help in whatever way possible.

Is there covered parking?

There is no covered parking available at Fossil Rim.

Holiday Pricing Dates

Memorial Day Weekend

Independence Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend

Thanksgiving Weekend

December 26 - January 1

Spring Break: March 7 - 23, 2025

Refund & Transfer Policy

Refunds must be requested prior to your scheduled stay:

Full refund if cancelled within more than 7 days of  the reservation date.
50% refund if cancelled within less than 7 days of the reservation date.
No refund if cancelled less than 48 before reservation date.

$50 transfer fee to transfer a reservation to a later date. 

Fossil Rim does not offer "rain checks" due to weather.

If you have questions, please call (254) 898-4268.

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