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Address: Highway 41, Mountain Home, TX 78058
Phone Number: +1 830-640-3222
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: One of the oldest working ranches in Texas. A favorite place for both...
One of the oldest working ranches in Texas. A favorite place for both corporate and family retreats. Historic cabins, beautiful swimming pool, meeting space are all available. Meals included in lodging cost. Open bar also included on weekends. Offers wildlife tours, horseback riding, sporting clays, paintball and more. A favorite venue for weddings and parties.
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Nice place. Friendly staff.

YO ranch was very relaxing and enjoyable. The staff was helpful. The place is a one of a kind experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2013
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Mundelein, Illinois
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I had an amazing experience at the YO Ranch. I did a 5 hour tour with Debbie who was very knowledgeable. I slept over at the Ranch and had 3 home type cooed meals by the ranch hands. I got some great photos of some of the exotic rare animals.

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Debbie H, Director of Tourism at Y.O. Ranch, responded to this review

We always enjoy sharing these wonderful animals and the great history of the ranch with our guests. The Y.O. Ranch plays an important part in the conservation effort to help endangered species. We hope you'll come out to visit again. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Did the safari which consisted of loading onto an old school bus and touring around the vast grounds in search of game. our guide was very knowledgeable. the tour was a little long and not that comfortable on the bus. last stop was seeing the giraffes although a bit sad they are fed real cookies to coax to the windows... More 

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AUSTIN
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143 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

People travel from all over the world to visit this amazing venue-- an authentic 19th century Texas ranch and state of the art exotic animal preserve, the likes of which I have not seen outside South Africa. The friendly and knowledgeable guides offer group tours at reasonable rates and private tours as well. Photo game drives, such as the one... More 

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nw wisconsin
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34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Many of the reviewers are writing about the hotel in Kerrville and this is the Y.O. Ranch itself. We had a very, very awesome experience at the ranch. I doesn't need to be updated as the charm says it all! It is old and we liked it that way. Our meal was wonderful and we took a driving tour around... More 

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Kennedale, Texas
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

You need to call ahead to let them know you are coming so you can get the code to open the Gate at the entrance and they told us to arrive at least 30 minutes before the Tour departs and now we know why once you leave the main road it is a 30 minute ride down the rocky drive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

YO ranch was very relaxing and enjoyable. The staff was helpful. The place is a one of a kind experience.

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Grapevine, Texas
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108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

It looks like several of the reviews in this section are actually for Y.O. Hotel in Kerrville. I am reviewing the actual Y.O. Ranch. It was never a Hilton or a Hyatt, it's actually a ranch that has been raising Longhorns since the 1950s and now also has exotic animals. I read about the Y.O. Ranch years and years ago... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We took the exotic animal 2 hour toor. The guide was excellent and helpful. Lunch was included but average. I thought it was too costly for the tour and lunch but am glad we did it as we learned a lot of history about the ranch.

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Kerrville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Built by owners of "the" Y. O. Ranch! Originally a Hyatt Hotel it is now a Holiday Inn! Interesting decor of wild animal exhibits. Good food and spirits!

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Oceanside, CA
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58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We love this place. Kerrville is a small town but this place is so massive that you do not feel crowded. The rooms are fairly plain but clean. The bar and restaurant on site makes it convenient for travelers. They have a very nice gift shop on site with a nice variety of items for sale. Ask at the front... More 

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Additional Information about Y.O. Ranch

Address: Highway 41, Mountain Home, TX 78058
Phone Number: +1 830-640-3222
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Mountain Home
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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