Stay a While
2 or more night stay with us here at Rancho Cortez includes:
1pm check in, and 11 am check out 1-830-796-9339
Check in Day:
- 1 one-hour trail ride as long as your arrival time is before 3pm
- Lasso lessons
- Wagon ride to feed the longhorn cattle
- Help with afternoon chores
- Dinner 6pm
- Campfire with s’mores
- Use of Ranch Amenities
**Indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, game room with ping pong, pool, air hockey, foosball tables, horse shoe pit, hiking trails, workout gym
All Following Days at Ranch
- 7am Witness the Wranglers corral the horses, and help with morning chores.
- Breakfast – 8am
- Lunch 12pm
- Dinner 6pm
- 2 one-hour trail rides (scheduled at breakfast and lunch)
- Lasso lessons
- Use of ranch amenities above
- Wagon Ride to longhorns daily before dinner
- Help with afternoon chores
- Following dinner, sit around the Campfire, roast marshmallows for s’mores, with western story telling
Check out Day
- Breakfast 8am
- 1 –one hour trail ride before departing the Ranch at 11am
Frequently Asked Questions:
Location? We are located about 60+ miles NW of San Antonio (a bit more than an hour from the San Antonio airport) If you hover over the Contact Us on our website for the drop down menu, then click on Map & Directions for simple directions to the Ranch. Sometimes a navigation system will get confused here in the Hill Country. Transportation from San Antonio to the Ranch may be accomplished by a number of ways: renting a vehicle, Uber is now available, and we have some cab companies in Bandera that we can help arrange for, but it’s expected that you pay them directly with cash. Some guests have even negotiated with regular cab services at the airport. Rates range from $65 to $130 per trip.
What time is check in/check out? We’re ready for you any time after 1:00 PM. Come on in! Dinner included on check in at 6pm. If you think you may be late for supper, give us a call and we can plan together. One hour trail ride is available if your arrival is before 3pm. Check out time is 11am. Breakfast and one hour trail ride included on check out day
Meals? Breakfast is at 8am, Lunch at noon, and dinner at 6pm. Coffee, Iced Tea/Hot Teas, Lemonade, & milk are available at meal times. For soda drinkers we do have some sodas, and snacks for between meals for purchase in the office/gift shop. Adult beverages are BYOB.
*The dining hall has enough space for about 75 people. We eat family style with the entrée served by kitchen staff, and you will always find plenty of vegetables and salad stuff at the salad bar. Our meals, including desserts are all home baked. Should you require a special diet we can work around food intolerances, allergies and preferences for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc.. If you can tell us your dietary needs when you make your reservations, we can be prepared. The grocery store is about 15 miles from the Ranch, so preparation in advance is the key! If you need something you forgot at home, you might pick it up in Bandera before arriving.
Can I visit and see your place before making a reservation? Absolutely! Or, if you have a family member or friend who lives nearby, feel free to send them to inspect us. Give us a day’s notice, so we can be sure someone is available to welcome you. You can also check out our website and videos to get a feel for our Dude Ranch life!
What do the Cabins look like? You may view some photos of our rooms on our Accommodations page. We have full housekeeping with linens and towels and small amenities, but we do not have TV’s, hair dryers or coffee makers in the cabins. We do have a couple of apartment size fridges that get moved around as needed, for meds, longer stays, etc. Our Family Suites have either a King bed, or 2 Queens when you walk in, and all have a small alcove with bunk beds, and/or singles with full private bath, and we reserve them according to the number of people in each party/family. Our Hotel style cabins have 1 Queen bed and full private bath. The Bunkhouse is bunkbeds (top and bottom beds) in one room with 2 full private baths. Each bunkhouse has 7 bunkbeds. We also have a couple of multi bedroom accommodations for larger families, or a couple of small families that don’t mind sharing bathrooms. BTW…..Coffee is usually ready by 6:30 am in the dining hall.
Trail Rides? Scenery – It is very hard to describe the beauty in words! Some of our video and photo albums will give you an idea of the Texas Hill country. Each of our trail rides are one hour in length at a leisurely walking pace to enjoy the views. Our trail rides go out daily at 9, 10, and 11am, and 1, 2, and 3 pm. On Check in day a one hour trail ride is available if arrival is before 3pm, then 2 one hour trail rides included on your full days at the Ranch, and another 1 hour trail ride on check out day after breakfast. Should you be interested in arena work with more experienced riding, and/or lessons, we may be able to accommodate at additional rates. Children must be 6 years old to go out on the actual trail rides, but younger children may get into the arena on horseback with parental supervision. We do require children ages 15 and under to wear protective head gear (helmets) while riding horses which we have available, or you may bring your own. Parents may choose for older children and themselves on our liability form, to wear, or not to wear the head gear.
Other activities available? We’re often asked what else is available, and what the little ones can do when the rest of the family is trail riding. There are 2 pools and a hot tub for family enjoyment, and there is a children’s tree house and small playground area with swing, slide, little fort, and sand base for making castles for the little ones. We have a volleyball net (stretched between trees) and tetherball. We have a large game room with ping pong, pool, foosball, and air hockey tables, which also has a TV with DirecTV access for those sport fans that can’t miss a game! There’s a horseshoe pit, hiking trail with an obstacle course, and we also have a workout gym, for the guest that includes a fitness routine into their daily activities. No treadmills, elliptical, stair steps, or other machines, but weights, balls, bands, and mirrors to make sure your form is correct! Since we also provide a fitness program, sometimes Dude Ranch guests may join a class or hike on the schedule while visiting. The wranglers offer lasso lessons during the day when they are not guiding the trail rides. We also make a trip on a wagon ride to feed the longhorns, which is typically late afternoon after the trail rides are over.
What about summer camp? We offer Horse Camp for Girls ages 8-16 through the months of June and July with the last week in July an all-Boys Camp. It is a week-long camp which we provide meals and lodging, and as much riding as possible with the concentration on Barrel Racing for the girls, and rodeo events for the boys.
What should I pack? Ranch is casual wear, but we do recommend long pants and closed toed/heeled footwear for riding. A flashlight is a good item to pack for navigating around the Ranch after dark. Sunscreen and chap stick are good items to pack too, and don’t forget the swim wear for the pools!
Fishing/Hunting? We are high in the Texas Hill country, elevation about 1650 feet. We do not have fishing available on the Ranch, as there are no large water masses. However, the Medina River flows through Bandera, which does allow fishing. We do not allow hunting or shooting on the Ranch, but there is a public gun range (Bandera Gun Club) that is 9 miles from the Ranch.
Gratuity – Tips are NEVER expected, but graciously appreciated. Our rates do not have built in gratuity, and we are often asked by guests about how gratuities should be handled. We do not want you to feel pressured. If you feel you have received exceptional service, you may show your appreciation by leaving a tip for our staff. If added to your balance at check out, unless you specify differently, tips are divided equally among the staff that assisted you during your visit. If you feel as though someone has gone above and beyond, you may thank them personally. However, gratuities are left entirely to your discretion.