My wife and I had the pleasure of spending a weekend at Rancho Cortez. We have never been to a dude ranch and found nice reviews about Rancho Cortez. The ranch was well maintained and the guest service was good. I have no complaints about the lodging, food, grounds, activities, and staff.
Rancho Cortez is located about 50 miles NW of San Antonio in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It truly is where the story of the original Cowboys come from. Larry Cortez, owner, greets all the guests and does his best to make everyone feel right at home at his ranch. I heard Larry asks numerous guests how everything is going, what he can get for them, and how the food is. Sheryl, head staffer, was a joy to work with and always greeted us with a smile. The main wranglers, Tyler and Cliff do a good job in getting guests ready to go on horseback rides. No need to be afraid, the horses are tame and take you on slow, scenic rides through the hill country.
Take advantage of the off-season $99 special. It is worth it. Don’t expect a 4-5star resort atmosphere. The lodging and other amenities reflect the true dude ranch atmosphere (with added indoor/outdoor pools and hot tub). The ranch is about 12 miles from the small town of Bandera. If you are looking for a place to get unplugged (no TVs in most rooms, no cell service, WF only in select areas), this is the place. Bring some books and get ready for a relaxing time on the ranch. The meals were delicious and timely (8/noon/6 daily). Remember, you are at a working dude ranch. Don’t expect 4star dining. Larry tells good stories around the camp fires most nights. He is certainly the heart of the ranch.
I think this ranch is best for families with small children. I am not sure if teens or young adults would enjoy it as much as 30-somethings on up (due to the lack of electronics). It is a great get away for couples who want to get off the grid for a while. We found Rancho Cortez a great value and enjoyed our stay. We will be back!
- 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