If you’ve always dreamed of being a cowboy, then a ranch vacation in Texas is for you. Pack your leather boots, belt buckle and cowboy hat, because you’ll be experiencing the true Wild West—think roping lessons, horseback riding, skeet shooting and delicious Barbecue.
Flying L Ranch Resort in Bandera
Located in the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” this full-scale resort offers one- to four-bedroom villas, five restaurants, a general store, an 18-hole golf course, a water park complete with a lazy river, and a business and conference center. You’ll have plenty to do on the property with trails to explore and traditional ranch activities like archery and roping lessons. It offers all-inclusive packages, so it’s great for a care-free family vacation.
The Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington
If you’re looking for a luxurious ranch experience, then Dos Brisas is for you. This award-winning five-star ranch resort is about an hour from Houston. Enjoy upscale rooms in casitas or private hacienda-style houses, a farm-to-table restaurant, massage services, an infinity pool, wine tastings and gardening lessons. Of course, the ranch also has riding lessons and trail riding at one of the largest equestrian facilities in Texas, as well as carriage tours of the grounds. Other outdoor activities include clay target shooting, fishing, biking, hunting excursions, tennis and access to nearby private golf clubs.
West 1077 Guest Ranch in Bandera
Stay in rustic cabins at this dude ranch in the Hill Country, where you’ll get to know your hosts and fellow guests due to its smaller size and relaxed schedule. The ranch itself is about 230 acres but is connected to Hill Country State National Area, which adds 50-plus miles of trails for riding, mountain biking, hiking and running.