The owner and staff of Rancho Cortez really make you feel welcome. We showed up at noon and were hustled to lunch and were trail riding the next hour.
The trail riding is mostly level rocky ground with a few dry washes to go through. Suitable for beginners. More challenging terrain is available in the nearby State park. The price includes two one hour rides per day or you can take a two hour ride into the hill country.
I'm a horse owner and am always concerned about how a facility takes care of its animals. Rancho Cortez provides excellent care for its horses. They are well fed and well shod. That's saying something since the area is in a long term drought and they are obviously spending a lot on hay.
Speaking of eating, the meals are just excellent! Jose' is a great cook and combines traditional western American cooking with some Mexican dishes. Pretty healthy too, but it's up to you to watch portion control since Jose' doesn't want you to go away hungry.
Pool is small but clean. There's a recreation barn with TV, pool table and synth keyboard. Our room was small but nearly new. I suspect they made it that way to keep you from staying inside.
Larry (the owner) is fantastic with kids. They won't want to leave when your stay is up.
By the way, the pictures on their website are representative of the facilities. Rancho Cortez isn't Hilton Hotel fancy but I suspect if your checking into dude ranches that's not your priority.
- 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 Texas/Bandera