I went with friends on the half-day trip yesterday...and had a BLAST! Everyone was so friendly! They make you feel like family. Within 15 minutes of our arrival, we were on a horse. After the hour trail ride, we returned to learn catch-rope (aka lasso). Our lasso lesson was followed by a riding lesson inside the ring which included games on horseback. One of the cowboys took us to feed the Longhorn and gave us the opportunity to touch the bull's horn. Very exciting! After, we relaxed in the game room where we played pool and ping pong until the hay ride. Larry, co-owner of the ranch, taught us how to drive a Belgian team. It was our first time, but he made us feel like pros. Dinner consisted of roast pork, homemade mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, beans and roll as well as a salad bar and dessert. It was so good! We resumed our hay ride after dinner (it had been cut short because of the meal so not everyone had a chance to drive) and ended the day with a s'more around the campfire where Larry told a great story about the history of the cowboy--very entertaining. I know everyone's experience will be different but I highly suggest getting out of the city, take a break from the cell phone and just enjoy the natural beauty of Texas. You won't be dissapointed!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Cortez Hotel Bandera
- Rancho Cortez Bandera, Texas