My wife and I visited Rancho Cortez on our honeymoon just for a day trip and we had an absolutely fantastic time. The day package includes 2 very tasty meals, 2 horseback rides, lasso training, camp fire stories, toasting marshmallows, a hay wagon ride, feeding of the long horn cattle and much more.
Larry and the team make you feel welcome right from the start. You check in at the office and are given a map of the ranch and a rough timetable and then you have free reign. The ranch is big and there is plenty to do like hit the pool or hot tub or wander around and check out the wildlife. The office is open all day selling ice cold soft drinks and they have a fine array of cowboy attire.
The horseback rides were great. Bill and Larry made sure that you are paired with an appropriate horse based on your experience level. I am a novice and I had absolutely no issues on my horse. We rode a good mixture of terrain but always felt safe. The rides were a good hour long and the landscape was stunning. We went back for our second ride almost immediately!
Lunch and dinner were tasty and just what the doctor ordered after our activities and, like Larry says on his video, if you leave hungry... That's your fault. We had ham and cheese club sandwiches (the has was sooooo good) and chicken or beef fajitas for dinner. Washed down with sweet lemonade or iced tea.
In the afternoon we had an opportunity to lasso under some expert advice from Larry and we quickly got the hang of it. The hay wagon ride was great, riding out to the resident long horn cattle where we been got the chance to take one by the horns... Literally!
As dusk sets in, we were set around the campfire, toasting marshmallows and listening to Larry's stories. It's just a shame we had to leave.
I cannot recommend this place enough and we will definitely be coming back. We were staying at the Hyatt Hill Country in San Antonio but I wish we weren't. We will be staying on the ranch on our next visit.
- 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