Texas Forts Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Christoval: Brown Ranch Hummer House

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The Brown Ranch is the summer home to Texas' largest concentration of breeding Black-chinned Hummingbirds. This unique wildlife habitat is located along the banks of the South Concho River in Christoval, 18 miles south of San Angelo. This West Texas oasis is unique for its natural beauty, it is distinguished from other wildlife habitats because of thousands of tiny hummingbird inhabitants. Visitors are encourages to enjoy this wildlife habitat by staying in one of three cottages. Each cottage offers privacy in the natural setting of live oak and pecan timber. The Brown Ranch's Observation Room will accommodate individuals, families and/or large groups. Church groups, garden clubs, and social organizations are welcome. Admission into the air conditioned Oberservation Room is by appointment only and includes a brief educational lecture.  Lodging is available by reservation. Observation Room is available by appointment. All facilities are available year-round.


  • 21301 Toe Nail Trail
  • Christoval, Texas
  • 76935


Hours & Fees

  • Contact for reservations and current rates.

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Map & Directions

14.5 miles South of San Angelo on HWY 277, turn left on RR2084 for 1.8 miles to the Brown Ranch.


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