What is happening to the trees of High Hope?
You may have noticed several dead or dying oak trees throughout High Hope. These trees are infected with a fungus called Oak Wilt. Oak Wilt is spreading across Texas and Natural/affordable treatments are still being researched. If you have information or would like to help bring Oak Wilt research to High Hope, please contact us.
Are there poisonous snakes? Or any other dangers?
Yes. High Hope is home to rattle snakes and copperheads. Please be cautious when walking through tall grasses or across fallen leaves. With caution and attention you will remain perfectly safe. No other animal pose life threatening risks, but please do not approach ferrel hogs or other wild animals while staying at High Hope.
Is the livestock friendly?
Even though our cows are chosen largely due to their docile tendencies, please use caution and keep distance. The goats on the other hand love to be petted and are perfectly safe for all ages.
Is there cooking utensils in the homes?
Yes. All homes come with kitchen basic like pots, pans, knives, etc.
Is the pantry stocked with spices and oils?
All homes have salt, pepper, and olive oil. Often guests will leave assorted spices which are also open for use.
Is there coffee in the homes?
Yes. Coffee, filters, and a pot is supplied in each home.
To Bring or Not To Bring?
Are pets allowed?
Yes. Well behaved dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash near livestock.
***Zoey, the donkey, is trained to protect goats against canines and could cause harm to your pup.**
When pets are off leash please keep them within eye’s site at all times.
**At anytime High Hope staff reserves the right to ask owners of unruly pets to leave the Sanctuary without refund or exchange.
Are there lots of mosquitoes or bugs?
High is fortunate to have continuous breeze and porous ground (little standing water) making it difficult for mosquitoes to establish. However, other insects like chiggers can be a nuisance in the Spring grasses. We strongly recommend essential oil based bug sprays (DEET free!) be used on ankles and pant legs.
Are fires allowed?
We border the Intensive Management Area of Fossil Rim. Here they are attempting to repopulate engaged species like our own Texas bird, the Attwater Prairie Chicken. Given the weight of responsibility for these species, we have strict fire policies.
Please refrain from starting fires when winds are greater than 10 miles per hour or when burn bans are in effect.
Please ask the check-in about fire conditions on your day of arrival.