8 Ranches to Visit in Texas

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.

Dixie Dude Ranch in Bandera

Also located near Hill Country State Park, you’ll find this all-inclusive resort set on 725 acres of land. At Dixie Dude Ranch you’ll sleep in cozy cabins. Enjoy the activities included in your stay: twice-daily horseback riding, family-style meals, fishing, campfires, an outdoor pool and hot tub, sports courts and nighttime entertainment.

Prude Ranch in Fort Davis

No one does wide-open spaces quite like Prude Ranch. Surrounded by the glorious rolling mountains of Big Bend, this is the place to come for family vacations, corporate retreats and anything in between. Spend your days riding horseback on the rustic trails, relaxing in the pool or just breathing in the fresh air and scenery.

Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera

The beautiful Texas Hill Country awaits, promising you cool rivers, scenic horseback rides and buttery, flaky biscuits for breakfast. You’ll find a special brand of southern hospitality from the people at the Mayan Dude Ranch. They guarantee you’ll have a great time with the whole family, swimming in the pool, playing games, dancing under the stars and eating a whole lot of barbecue.

Wildcatter Ranch in Graham

This unique ranch retreat is less than two hours west of Dallas and overlooks the Brazos River. Complete with an infinity pool and hot tub, you’ll be able to relax after a long day of horseback riding, fishing and hiking. Other activities on the working guest ranch include skeet shooting, Jeep tours and archery. The resort even has its own steakhouse serving hand-cut steaks. You can choose between a cabin suite, guest house or hotel room for your stay.

The Silver Spur Guest Ranch in Bandera

Perfect for families, the historic Silver Spur Guest Ranch is located close to Hill Country State National Area and downtown Bandera. Horseback-riding excursions and meals are included in every stay, and there are plenty of other activities like fossil digs, hiking treks and hay rides available, too. You can stay in either a hotel room or cabin, and onsite amenities include a pool, playground, game room, and healing studio. For dining, you’ll have homemade ranch-style meals, including a Cowboy Breakfast (cooked over a wood fire in a cast-iron skillet) and outdoor Barbecue.

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