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“Brilliant holiday”
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Mayan Dude Ranch
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Brilliant holiday”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

We have just returned to a cold and wet UK from the beautiful Mayan ranch. We were a group of five, age from 82 to 16 including one teen with special educational needs. There was something for everyone and even Grandma rode the hay ride down to breakfast. We loved the horse riding, the food, the entertainment (especially the egg throwing competition), the pool, the way everyone was so welcome, in fact everything! I would recommend this holiday to everyone.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Kelly O, Owner at Mayan Dude Ranch, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Thank you for sharing your positive review about your recent stay at the ranch. Since we have been family owned and operated for over half a century, we pride ourselves on providing activities for the young and young at heart alike. Activities like hayrides, roping lessons, and Western Bingo provide opportunities for families to bond, regardless of age. Summer 2015 is quickly booking, and we to invite you to consider hosting your next family reunion at the Mayan. Hope to have you and your family with us again soon.
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We love staying at the Mayan Ranch. After visiting twice I decided to try another Bandera-area ranch. It was such a let-down compared to the Mayan that we checked out after the first night and went to the Mayan. The food is great. There are tons of activities for adults & kids. And there are so many families that it is easy for the kids and adults to make friends. I always thought that the Mayan ranch was a special place, but after trying another dude ranch I now realize just how special it is.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Kelly O, Owner at Mayan Dude Ranch, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Thank you for sharing your positive review about your recent stay at the ranch. Although I am sorry your trip to Bandera did not start well, we were so glad that you and your family headed back our way to spend your vacation. We realize you have many places to choose for your family vacation, and it is our job to make it the best possible get-a-way. Although many ranches in the area offer horseback riding, swimming pools, and outdoor Cowboy Breakfast, we like to think it is the little things at the Mayan that make the biggest difference. We truly pride ourselves on our motto: “There’s no place like this place anywhere near this place, so this must be the place.” Come back soon for more of our Mayan
“horsepitality.”
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Houston, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Witnessed a horse riding accident where horses were spooked by barking dogs along the trail on Mayan property, during one of the daily horse ride. These spooked horses galloped off and threw a few riders off, at least 2 riders were sent by ambulance to Emergency Room due to back and leg injuries. Some horses were already showing restless behaviors earlier during the ride. The fright and chaos the horses were in, still felt very traumatic to all in my travelling party. A valid question for the ranch owner will be what safety improvements have they put in place since this accident to ensure that this accident will never repeat. No doubt the ranch offers lots of fun and a great experience which I gave 4 stars, but 0 star for safety this time. We had a terrible experience on this visit.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Brazoria, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 August 2014

My family and I have been going here every summer for 23 years. The food is great and there is lots of activities like horse back riding, swimming, and lots of good programs for the grand kids. What really makes it great is the Hicks family that run the ranch. They have almost become like part of our family and they treat us great. There is no vacation like this!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

The Ranch itself is breathtaking from the 'boot-lined' fences to the log cabins it was a wonderful experience one we will treasure forever. A lovely friendly family run ranch horse riding every day and swimming there was entertainment all day every day and the food is amazing. We woke up to peacocks and deer roaming free around our log cabins. I can honestly say there is nothing not to love about this place and we hope to return one day. We met a family who were there for there 17th year! That says it all.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Kelly O, Owner at Mayan Dude Ranch, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit and look forward to having you stay with us again soon! Happy Trails!
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We stayed for 7 days and enjoyed every minute! We love the ranch and when given the choice our kids always choose the Mayan Dude Ranch. The food is always amazing, the activities are always fun, and the hospitality is always warm! Our kids are never bored and always make new friends to run around with at the ranch. We love this place!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Kelly O, Owner at Mayan Dude Ranch, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
Thank you Jennifer for sharing your positive review of your recent stay at the ranch. We love to hear your feedback about our activities and our cuisine. One of our goals each summer is to add something new for our guests. This summer Chef Shawna created a signature drink for each night. Monday's Cowboy Sangria has been especially popular. We would love for our guests who stayed a week with us to post on our Facebook page the meals and activities they enjoyed most. We are looking forward to having you and your precious family with us again next year.
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Madisonville, Louisiana
Level 6 Contributor
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

I just came back from spending a week at the Mayan Ranch. It is a family owned and run operation. The Hicks family go completely out of their way to provide each and every person with a top notch experience. My wife and I took our two granddaughters who were continuously entertained with activities about the ranch; including a large, clean, sparkling pool and a natural river that run through the acre property. The food was amazing: fresh, appetizing, great tasting and given in abundance. The trail rides are very well orchestrated and the terrain is very safe. Tommy, the lead wrangler, does a phenomenal job in making sure each ride is of the best quality.

So, we get there and immediately start to meet families that have been going to the Mayan ranch for generations! A person we befriended explained it by saying, " every time we come, it's like visiting our distant cousins." Another person described the ranch experience as, " a summer camp for adults."

By the way, if are flying into San Antonio, I recommend you pay extra to be picked up and dropped off- it is much cheaper than renting a car you will park the entire week and not drive.

I thanks every one at the Mayan Ranch for their hard work, superb customer service and a quality product. Yes, we booked again for next year!

TA friends, I totally recommend this fantastic place to everyone. You will never be disappointed.

Luis

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Property: Mayan Dude Ranch
Address: 350 Mayan Ranch Road, Bandera, TX 78003
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Region: United States > Texas > Bandera County > Bandera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Bandera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Mayan Dude Ranch 3*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Horsepitality" is the foundation of the Mayan Ranch which is located in Bandera, Texas, 48 miles NW of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. Come experience our superb food, great accommodations, enthusiastic staff, horseback riding over picturesque trails, and swimming in our Texas-sized pool. Learn how to spin a rope, crack a whip and pitch shoes. Or, just sit back and enjoy a wagon ride around the ranch property to see the wildlife.Bring your family or your business (we are a great facility for conferences.)The Mayan Ranch is full American Plan. Rates include all meals, lodging, ranch activities as well as complimentary beer, wine, sodas and coffee.There is a little 'cowboy' in all of us - Find yours at the Mayan Ranch. ... more   less 
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