Texas Travel

Hit the Trail on a Texas Dude Ranch This Summer

By Lisa Martin 5.6.15

This summer, head for one of the Lone Star State’s renowned dude ranches where even novice riders can saddle up for some of the best horsing around under the Texas sun. Happy trails!

Mayan Dude Ranch, Bandera

Nestled on 348 acres in the Cowboy Capital of the World, this Texas Hill Country mainstay is ideal for beginners with two daily rides, each of which lasts under an hour. Make sure to rise with the roosters for a hearty breakfast cookout then stay up late for the post-dinner country-dance.

830.796.3312, www.mayanranch.com

Dixie Dude Ranch, Bandera

Located about an hour northwest of San Antonio, this century-old, 725-acre working cattle ranch offers packages that include two daily horseback rides, catch-and-release fishing, campfires, and hayrides. Occasional overnight rides include campfire dinners and sleeping under the stars.

800.375.9255, www.dixieduderanch.com

Bar H Working Dude Ranch, Clarendon

This Panhandle stalwart offers a range of authentic seasonal activities including mending fences, feeding livestock, hauling hay, herding, and more. Soothe any saddle sores by jumping in the creek or wading into a fishing hole after a long day on the dusty trail.

800.627.9871, www.barhduderanch.com

Prude Ranch, Fort Davis

Bunkhouses, family cabins, and guest lodges are calling all city slickers! In addition to the 1,300 acres for exploring and some 70 gentle horses (not to mention herds of longhorns and bison), Prude Ranch also offers Pen Rides for little cowpokes ages 6 and under, making it an ideal retreat for families.

800.458.6232, www.prude-ranch.com