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quinte west, ontario
Reviewed March 14, 2011

First of all I want to say that we did the Dude ranch experience at Rancho Cortez vice the Fitness one. We had an AMAZING time. I know I will not be able to say enough positive stuff about this place. My husband and I went for a 2 night stay in March. I have a riding background and am...

Thank GenLandry
Council Grove, Kansas
Reviewed March 5, 2011

The Fitness Ranch is different from the Dude Ranch which is different from Warrior Boot Camp. That's the first thing. For me, the idea of a Warrior Boot Camp was intriguing, and I was interested in the challenge and to see if I would still be standing at the end. The experience far exceeded my expectations in all aspects: service,...

Thank dsctrs
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed February 21, 2011

This place exceeded my high expectations of a ranch experience for my family. Hospitality was un-real. I saw my 6yr old son transform from a Chicago city kid into a little cowboy. Good horses, good food, beautiful Texas hill country scenery. From feeding longhorns to baby goats, great equistrian instruction, campfire stories, even "cowboy fitness" bootcamp, this place has it...

Thank cburges
Reviewed February 15, 2011

We had a great time here. The cowboys took good care of everyone. Neither of us had done any horseback before, but we felt safe, and we had a great time in the wilderness. The cowboys pushed people, just enough, into doing things just ouside their comfortzone. They even had a horse for barebackriding for those of us who dared....

Thank StianO
Reviewed January 3, 2011

Place is run down..rooms are adequate but things are in disrepair Very disorganized...Classes are not geared for unathletic and lots of time with nothing to do....Communications are at a minimum...NOT A FIRST CLASS PLACE Food was barely adequate Most of the exercise equiptment not working,,poor accomodations

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Banderamary, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

At Rancho Cortez we are always deeply disappointed if we haven't met your expectations. The rooms are clean and comfortable however, our ranch decor is rustic. The dining options range from BBQ to tofu manicotti with organic ingredients. We try to accommodate everyone's needs if we know in advance, and we post a sample menu online. Our fitness program is...

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed December 28, 2010

Our family spent 3 days and nights at Rancho Cortez over Thanksgiving-we are still talking about it, a month later! All the staff members and wranglers were most generous hosts and were experts in their fields. They were wonderful with our kids, ages 6, 9, and 12, making them feel right at home while teaching them many things about horses...

Thank citygal20
Houston, Texas
Reviewed December 15, 2010

We had a wonderful time! Trail rides were great, lots of activities for kids, and the nightly campfires were a hoot! We met new friends and didn't want to leave. Food was good and filling. All in all, a very good stay.

1Thank tdsmall330
Austin, Texas
Reviewed December 1, 2010

They camp was the first all horseback riding camp I found. It's the real deal and in a week i had learned how to barrel race, met new friends, and enjoyed a great experience. I can't wait to go back :)

Thank Chloeann549
Reviewed November 8, 2010

I stayed at Rancho Cortez from the 14th to 21st of September, I stayed under the fittness programme, hoping to get in shape and get a kick start to weight loss. The programme included all meals prepared for you and snacks, and roughly 5+ hours of exercise offered every day. From my arrival late in the evening, I was looked...

1Thank Just774285112973
The Colony, Texas
Reviewed November 2, 2010

My girlfriend and I booked Rancho Cortez to try out their Fitness Program for one week. We hiked all over the nature park next door and Lost Maples State Park as well as worked out in the gym and indoor pool. From kickboxing to strength training to Zumba ... we did it all! Our accommodations were very clean and comfortable...

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  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free Internet
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Rancho Cortez! Located in the cowboy capital of the world, Rancho Cortez is a Texas Dude Ranch and Cowboy Fitness Farm offering horseback riding, lodging, day trips, hiking, and more! Saddle up and live your dreams at the Texas Dude Ranch! Cowboys, cowgirls, and experienced riders will enjoy horseback riding with expert cowboy, Larry Cortez. We offer plenty of Texas-style fun with hayrides, campfires, cattle roundups, lasso lessons, swimming in our pool, or soaking in our hot tub. With a broad array of wildlife species and ruggedly beautiful landscape as far as the eye can see, the ranch is the perfect escape from urban life. Lost weight and get fit on the Cowboy Fitness Farm! Fitness and weight loss visitors will work with personal trainers under the direction of Mary Cortez. Come for our popular 30 day weight loss camp or spend just a few days or weeks. Guided hikes, water aerobics, yoga, weight training, aerobics, pilates, and horseback riding - along with classes in the air-conditioned gym - will help you meet your weight loss goals. We can get you started on the road to a healthier life and teach you new skills to take home! Come to the beautiful Texas Hill Country for the getaway of a lifetime at Rancho Cortez! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rancho Cortez

Address: 872 Hay Holler Rd, Bandera, TX 78003-4364
Location: United States > Texas > Bandera County > Bandera
Price Range: $99 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
Rancho Cortez Hotel Bandera
Rancho Cortez Bandera, Texas
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“Go horse riding elsewhere - this is not a proper Texan ranch.”
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