The Lodge at Fossil Rim
Foothills Safari Cabins
Fossil Rim has some of the most beautiful views among northern edge of the Texas Hill Country. Tucked away on 1,800 acres, the wildlife center has multiple hideaway options for your enjoyment. We feature The Lodge, Foothills Safari Cabins and our Wolf Ridge Bunkhouses.
Our guests will enjoy the peace and tranquility of Mother Nature, as they are immersed amongst more than 50 species of wildlife, including some endangered exotic animals. Come discover how our staff works each day toward the conservation of these beautiful creatures.
Our Lodge and Foothills Safari overnight guests are treated to a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, courtesy of our culinary team. They also receive a free pass to our 7.2-mile Gosdin Scenic Drive.
Exclusively available to our Lodge and Foothills Safari overnight guests, there is also the option to experience a Morning Safari Tour or a Behind-the-Scenes Morning Safari Tour – both at a discount from standard rates. These guests are picked up right after breakfast, so there is no need to drive anywhere, and will be dropped back off at their automobiles.
During your stay, there will be 24-hour staff presence at The Lodge to assist with any needs or answer questions. The lodging tax for The Lodge and Foothills Safari Camp is 13 percent. Weekend prices for lodging are Friday and Saturday, while prices for the day before a holiday will be holiday pricing.
For information, availability and/or to make reservations, please call (254) 897-2960.
When considering your dining possibilities, keep Fossil Rim in mind for your private dinners and lunches, plus private events like weddings, birthdays, family reunions and anniversaries! All meals are either served plated or buffet-style in our glass-walled pavilion at Foothills Safari Camp.
After discussing with you, we will create a menu from scratch using fresh, local ingredients. We can also do themed menus such as Mexican, Italian or Texan. Meals may include starter, main course with two sides, dessert, bread beverages and appetizers. To learn more about dining options or your special event options in general at Fossil Rim, call (254) 897-2960.
For The Lodge and Foothills Safari overnight guests, we offer dinner buffet menus on Fridays, Saturdays and some Sundays that will change weekly. We will send our incoming guests a menu a week prior to their stay to gauge interest. A response at least 72 hours prior to your stay will be required so we know how much food to purchase and prepare. These meals will be served in the glass-walled pavilion as a private function.
Dinner time will usually be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Meals will include starter, main course with two sides, dessert, bread and beverages. Special dietary menus and kids menus are available upon request, and all meals are prepared by our lodging culinary department. To learn more, call (254) 898-4268.
Enjoy Rustic Luxury
The Lodge was the original “ranch house” for the property and now features five unique guest rooms, each with a different animal theme. It features a full-size kitchen and dining area, a beautiful cathedral-style living room and a massive stone fireplace. A wall of glass wraps around the front of the building, opening onto a wooden and cobblestone deck that overlooks a popular wildlife grazing area.
Herd of addax, sable, gemsbok, waterbuck and various deer species can often be seen making their daily pasture migrations, plus you will also get an up-close look at wild turkeys as you relax from above. The panoramic view of Fossil Rim beyond the nearby animals is a sight unto itself.
On the first floor of The Lodge, there is a full-size pool table, as well as games and books to enjoy. In fact, The Lodge has an extensive collection of books, spanning topics like conservation education, animals, novels and history.
All rooms are based on double occupancy, and for any extra guest age three or older there will be a $15 charge per person.
The Peregrine Room
Perched on the top floor of The Lodge and accessible by a winding staircase, The Peregrine Room is the largest guest room and most secluded offering, as it is the only room on the floor. It features a California king bed, stone fireplace and full-size hideaway bed.
The large bathroom includes an oversized Jacuzzi tub with a separate shower. Guests in this room can adjust the heat or air conditioning based on their desired comfort level. The maximum number of guests for The Peregrine Room is four.
The Parrot Room
Located on the second floor of The Lodge, The Parrot Room features a king bed, private patio and private bath with a large Jacuzzi tub you step down into. The nickel-plated sink in the bathroom adds a lovely touch, as does the large armoire in the bedroom.
Your patio door opens to an area where you can enjoy the surroundings or step down to your to your private parking space. The maximum number of guests for The Parrot Room is three.
The Attwater Room
Tucked away in the back corner of the second floor, this room features a king-size bed and private bath with the original copper sink and beautiful blue tile countertop. Through the patio doors is your secluded patio with a table and chairs for your convenience. Your patio door opens to an area where you can enjoy the surroundings or step down to your private parking space. The maximum number of guests for The Attwater Room is three.
The Egret Room
Located on the first floor of The Lodge, this room features two full beds, a shared bath and outside deck. Your patio door opens onto a large patio that is easily shared with guests in The Hummingbird Room, making it ideal for larger families requiring two rooms. The maximum number of guests for The Egret Room is five.
The Hummingbird Room
Located on the first floor of The Lodge, this room features two full beds, a shared bath and outside deck. Your patio door opens onto a large patio that is easily shared with guests in The Egret Room, making it ideal for larger families requiring two rooms. The maximum number of guests for The Hummingbird Room is five.
Foothills Safari CabiNs
Surrounded by animals
Our Foothills Safari Camp is located a half-mile further inside Fossil Rim from The Lodge. The camp entails a two-acre fenced enclosure overlooking one of Fossil Rim’s most popular wildlife watering holes where an ever-changing variety of animals – even more diverse than at The Lodge – can be observed.
An abundance of brilliant stars and constellations can be seen at night. Stroll over to the observation deck and trade stories of the day with your fellow travelers. Inside our glass-walled pavilion, you can utilize Wi-Fi while you gaze across the adjacent pasture where herds congregate and roam daily.
The pavilion is an excellent venue to host all of your events, including weddings, conferences, birthday parties or group gatherings. Sit back, relax and allow our staff to help plan and cater all of your event needs.
Each of the seven cabins is custom-designed and fitted with two twin beds, fresh linens, electrical power outlets, bathrooms with showers, ceiling fans and central heat and air. All cabins have an extra twin bed in case it is needed, plus a front porch with chairs facing the watering hole. Cabins each have adjacent picnic tables. Please bring a flashlight in case you need to leave your cabin after dark.
All rooms are based on double occupancy, and for any extra guest age three or older there will be a $15 charge. The maximum number of guests that can stay in one cabin is three.
Offseason Pricing (September–February)
Sunday to Thursday: $125+tax
Friday and Saturday: $150+tax
Peak Season Pricing (March–Labor Day)
Sunday to Thursday: $150+tax
Friday and Saturday: $225+tax
If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.
MORNING SAFARI GUIDED TOUR
Not exactly “lodging,” but an overnight stay is required for this tour…
The Morning Safari Guided Tour may just be the best tour of the day at Fossil Rim. This tour is reserved for our Lodge and Foothills Safari Camp overnight guests, and it leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the Pavilion after breakfast is served. Your advantage of an early morning departure will have you out and about prior to most other guests arriving for the day and before some of the animals have been fed. Having the brunch wagon drive through is a delight for the animals and you may well get mobbed when they are looking for a handout.
Your guide will entertain and inform you, as well as do the driving so you don’t have to. Don’t miss out – take advantage of this delightful morning tour.
For an additional charge, your Morning Safari Tour can be upgraded to go behind the scenes on a tour of the Jim Jackson Intensive Management Area. There, you will visit our wolf, black rhino and cheetah habitats, plus get a bird’s eye view of our Attwater’s prairie chicken breeding facility. The tour cost is $45.95 for a Behind-the-Scenes Morning Safari Tour and $30.95 for a standard Morning Safari Tour.
If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.
Wolf Ridge BuNkhouses
Our Wolf Ridge Nature Camp bunkhouses come with bunkbeds and not much else. But you’re staying here for the experience and not the amenities, right? All bunkhouses have heat and air conditioning. It’s like camping without having to sleep on the ground. Meals and Morning Safari Tours not included.
$100 per night for up to 5 people
$10 per person for additional guests
Damage deposit: $150 (See description below)
There are eight bunkhouses that each sleep up to 14 people.
You will need to bring your own bedding and toiletries. We do not permit portable heaters, cooking appliances, pets, drugs, alcohol or weapons.
We require a damage deposit payable by check, which will be returned provided our facilities are not damaged. If guests cancel less than three days before their reservation date, there will be no refund offered. If guests choose to reschedule within three days of their stay, there will be a $50 rescheduling fee.
Customers paying for cabin rental by check will need to bring two checks. If paying by credit card, this fee can be waived if no damage is incurred. Damages in excess of damage deposit will be billed to the customer as applicable.
Fossil Rim Observed Holidays
New Year’s Day – January 1, 2018 – Park Open
Martin Luther King Day – January 15, 2018 – Park Open
Presidents' Day - February 19, 2018 - Park Open
Texas Independence Day - March 2, 2018 - Park Open
Spring Break - March 3, 2018 - March 18, 2018 - Park Open
Good Friday - March 30, 2018 - Park Open
Memorial Day - May 28, 2018 - Park Open
Independence Day - July 4, 2018 - Park Open
Labor Day - September 3, 2018 - Park Open
Columbus Day - October 8, 2018 - Park Open
Veteran's Day - November 11, 2018 - Park Open
Thanksgiving Day - November 22, 2018 - Park Closed
Christmas Eve - December 24, 2018 - Park Closed
Christmas Day - December 25, 2018 - Park Closed