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Prude Ranch
Reviewed 13 June 2013

Prude Ranch is in a lovely spot in the Davis Mountains, however, that is the best thing I can say about my recent abbreviated one-night stay. The staff is nice and helpful. However, it is my understanding that the ranch is no longer owned by the Prude family due to various circumstances. That said, whoever currently owns it needs to come spend some time in the rooms and decide if they would let their own family members stay there. There is a difference between rustic and just plain old. The furnishings are at least 40+ years old, the pull out couch was terrible even before it was pulled out. There was an ant problem in our room, a leak under the sink, drippy bathroom faucets, uncomfortably hard beds, and burnt-out light bulbs that needed to be replaced. I expected better and was looking forward to sitting on the porch enjoying the view, but instead we opted to move to other other accommodations in the area. This place has so much potential and I do hope that proper care, maintenance and upgrades are made soon to keep this historic ranch from fading off into the sunset.

Room Tip: Go to the Butterfield Inn at Ft. Davis downtown. It's about 6 miles from Prude Ranch.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

Stayed in a two bedroom cabin (200/night). I've stayed at several dude ranches in Texas and expected more here. First, there were 60-80 kids from neighboring schools on field trip. They were mostly quiet. Accommodations were meager. Very dated....1960s or older. Mold underneath sink. No shampoo. AC worked well though. No tv, no phone which is ok with me. Just that for 200 a night I expected more. Enjoyed buffet at Indian Lodge and watching stars and Saturn at McDonalds Observatory. Try lunch at Ft Davis hotel. Campy and old time cool. Delicious milkshakes and burgers. Prudes, update and I'll be back. Also, readjust prices!

Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

Stayed in #45 and the king bed was okay but all the bunk beds had worn down mattresses. Tile missing around the sink, wood peeling on doors, spiderwebs in the windows complete with spider.
Enjoyed the quiet, the breeze, seeing the deer and stars at night. WiFi was sketchy and we felt like second class citizens since we booked independently (not as part of a group) --- they acted like they didn't know what to do with us! No ranch activities over Memorial day w/e despite having a fair number of guests there.
My girls enjoyed the pool; I thought it could have used a little cleaning. Food from the buffet was so-so. Overall, the place looks like it's coasting on it's past reputation. I'll look for another option next time we're in the area.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank CeeJayTx
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Matthew S, General Manager at Prude Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2013

I'm sorry that you were unhappy with your stay. We have new house keepers and they are working harder to make sure that everything is clean.

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Reviewed 19 April 2012

I was very mad when i got in to the internet page an saw the staff page i dont think is fair that you guys would leave bibi out of it. She does so much for you if it was not for her your rooms would not be as clean as they are, she worries about the rooms been clean for the guest so you should take in consideration that she does so much for you guys to be left out she is part of the staff as well DONT YOU GUYS THINK!!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Matthew S, General Manager at Prude Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2013

You must not have looked very hard because she is on the staff profile page.

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Reviewed 20 March 2012

i would like to say thank you to the prudes and there ranch for a very good western feel of this place, it had a very nice feel and i felt like i was right at home. and i would like to say thanks for the staff and edna at the frontdesk and i hope that is her name!!! my lady and my children had a great time and enjoyed the views of the mountains. but if i could make a suggestion.((put t.v.s in these rooms)))) just kidding!!!! i will tell my friends and family if they ever go to fort davis,texas i will recommend this ranch for future guest... and thanks again to the housekeepers and the frontdesk staff for a comfortable stay!!!!! see yall again....

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

This was our third Thankgiving family holiday spent as guests of the Prude Ranch. We come here for family rest and relaxation. The staff treat you as family; from the front desk, the corral staff, the cafeteria staff, and the camp staff. The cabin accommodations are very rustic...no televisions, no electronic games; little/to no cell signal...just the peace and tranquility of West Texas. The horseback riding is a favorite draw to the ranch; 1-hour rides were offered throughout the day for $30/rider. During the holiday, there are hayrides, a thankgiving buffet feast, and typically, a traditional bonfire with western entertainment and campfire marshmellows.

Nearby attractions include the McDonald Observatory, the historical Fort Davis Park Fort, the desert botanical garden, Marfa, TX and of course, Big Bend NP.

If you are looking for a rustic getaway, dude ranch, with complete relaxation under the stars of the West Texas sky; we highly recommend the Prude Ranch.

Room Tip: Cabins 42-47 are close to the corrals and main office/cafeteria; other rooms/bunkhouses offer more s...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 March 2010

Every Spring Break for the last fifteen years or so, we have packed up the van and spent the week or at least part of the week at the Ranch. The Ranch has changed over the years, but the Prude family has worked very hard to retain the feeling of belonging once you get there. I hope that never changes. They are as nice to families that stay there as they are to the large groups that come in. The Prudes recently mourned the passing of their patriarch, John Robert Prude, truly a nice man and a driving force in the summer camps held there each summer.

It is rustic, which is part of its charm. There are mountains to climb, horses to ride, and many places to visit in the area like Fort Davis National Historic Monument, Alpine, Marfa, McDonald Observatory, Balmorea State Park.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Prude Ranch

Address: PO Box 1907, Fort Davis, TX 79734-1907
Region: United States > Texas > Fort Davis
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Fort Davis
Price Range: £37 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Prude Ranch Hotel Fort Davis
Prude Ranch Fort Davis, Texas

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