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Dixie Dude Ranch Bandera

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Dixie Dude Ranch
833 Dixie Dude Ranch Road
Bandera
TX
78003
Tel: 830 796-7771

Directions

Dixie Dude Ranch is only 55 miles northwest of San Antonio.

Take Highway 16 North to Bandera, turn left on Highway 173.
Go 1/2 mile south and turn right on Ranch Road 1077.
Drive seven miles; the Ranch entrance is on the right.

From Kerrville or Hondo, take Highway 173 to Bandera.

A shuttle service is available at the San Antonio International Airport.

Where are we going today?

Yee Haw Y'all - it's a real life working dude ranch! Dixie Dude Ranch has been running for over 75 years in Bandera, Texas. This amazing Western getaway is a great way for the family to get out into that beautiful Texas countryside, and learn the way of a rancher!

Not only is the dude ranch a place where you can stay overnight, but they also offer activities for non-overnight guests. If you fancy some Hill Country Horseback Riding, you are in luck because at the Dixie Dude Ranch, it's some of the best in the area! These amazingly scenic rides will take the family climbing over unspoiled and rugged terrain - 725 acres of it to be exact!

There are even Overnight Trail Rides for even more amazing equestrian fun! Of course, if you stay at the ranch your package can include two daily horseback rides. Even better! They last about an hour, and if you want to brush up on those riding skills, you can also enjoy riding lessons. 

The Dixie Dude Ranch is FILLED with great activities! There is catch-and-release fishing, hayrides, hiking, dancing, campfire sing-a-longs, and a whole lotta Western fun! There are even fun outdoor activities like volleyball, basketball, horseshoes and ping pong. Want to hunt for fossils or explore the century-old barn and Range War Cemetery? You can do that to!

Just an hour from San Antonio, this working ranch still does what it was created to do - from raising longhorn cattle, pigs and Spanish goats, to real cowboys working with the horses to compete in rodeos. And of course, home-cooked meals are produced! It really is "Home on the range"!

If you wanted to extend your stay, they do have cottages, rooms and cabins where you can relax and enjoy everything the ranch has to offer. 

C’mon y’all - it’s Dixie Dude Ranch time! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsHorseback rides $35 one hour.
  • Children$50 adult and child for double riders (under 6 years old)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Call ahead for booking.

All year round.

Teachers corner

If you want to bring your students here for a ranch adventure, just give them a call and see what they can organize for you! .

I'm Hungry!

A true, Western culinary delight! You will eat amazing Texas sized meals filled with flavor. There are outdoor BBQs, or a big chow hall. Cowboy breakfasts are occasionally served out on the range and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons are great feasts! .

Healthy Eating!

They are happy to accommodate special diets with advance notice, so make sure you call ahead. The food is generally healthy as it's all homemade. .

Any Top Tips?

The overnight trail rides are on specific days over November, December and January, so call ahead to arrange. Group rides need at least 4 people. .

Need a little extra help?

If you need assistance, just give them a call ahead of time to chat about what you need, and they can let you know what is possible. .

Can I get one of those?

Yes of course there is a gift shop! Located behind the range HQ, there are Dixie Dude Ranch apparel, as well as Western toys for the kids, as well as those great Texas hot sauces, cookbooks, books, games and candy! .

More information

The horseback riding is offered to non-overnight guests when there is availability. Call in advance and 1 or 2 days notice is necessary. .

What people are saying?

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    Fantastic family destination! The crew was very helpful and the food was fantastic! The prices were a bit overpriced, but it is an experience that you can't beat.

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    I'm a yearly fixture here, circa Spring Break.

    This is where I take my kids to unplug them from their electronics, and make a passing attempt to make them "real" Texans who have ridden horses.

    This is, ultimately, an existential experience.

    Do I find it annoying that there isn't broadband? Yeah... for a day. Then I get over it, and enjoy being unplugged myself.

    There are usually other kids for mine to play with, and they do all the things they don't do in suburbia -- climb trees, run around ditches, throw rocks, and scare one another around...Read More

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    Took my family of 5 to Dixie. Ages 10, 8 boys and 5 year old girl. We had a great time there.

    This is a must know....this is a ranch in the Hill Country of Texas. It is rustic, there are horses, goats and they also have some Feral Hogs penned up there as well. You are staying in what look and feel like cabins on a ranch. This does not have a "Resort" fell to it. We just went the first week of August, 2011. We chose this one because they allow 5 year old riding if the child is calm and alert, or they allow riding double. Our 5 year old daughter...Read More

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    My grandpa has been coming to the Dixie Dude since the 50's and he has made it somewhat of a tradition. I'm 17 and I've enjoyed this ranch for 16 years. This one person who voted one star is obviously not from Texas. Even then, people come from all over the world to experience this amazing vacation. The food is great, the horse rides are mostly walking(unless you are friends with the wranglers ;)) Riouri is probebly the best wrangler, but ill let you find out. All in all, the best dude ranch in Texas!

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by Adam Edgington

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I'm a yearly fixture here, circa Spring Break.

This is where I take my kids to unplug them from their electronics, and make a passing attempt to make them "real" Texans who have ridden horses.

This is, ultimately, an existential experience.

Do I find it annoying that there isn't broadband? Yeah... for a day. Then I get over it, and enjoy being unplugged myself.

There are usually other kids for mine to play with, and they do all the things they don't do in suburbia -- climb trees, run around ditches, throw rocks, and scare one another around the camp fire. -- and that's exactly why I keep bringing them back.

The horse rides are rather basic, but perfect for kids. They're also long, and through some beautiful country. There have been two occasions, however, where I've been on 'fast' rides, split off from the main party. They were awesome. I'm sure this has something to do with being nice and friendly with the staff, rather than an entitled whiner ;)

If you're looking for a few days "away from it all", or have kids, or (as I've observed) a nice rendezvous for an assignation, this is a great place.

by Jason Malmquist

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Took my family of 5 to Dixie. Ages 10, 8 boys and 5 year old girl. We had a great time there.

This is a must know....this is a ranch in the Hill Country of Texas. It is rustic, there are horses, goats and they also have some Feral Hogs penned up there as well. You are staying in what look and feel like cabins on a ranch. This does not have a "Resort" fell to it. We just went the first week of August, 2011. We chose this one because they allow 5 year old riding if the child is calm and alert, or they allow riding double. Our 5 year old daughter rode solo, and I saw 2 year olds riding double.

The riding: you are riding through the Texas Hill Country, it is Rocky, Dusty and Beautiful. The Wranglers, Dave, Brandi and Rory were absolutely awesome. They were constantly paying attention to every detail. You aren't running the horses or off on your own if that is what you want, these are trail rides that are a slow, relaxing walk. THe kids had an absolute blast. We got to ride twice a day, and we arrived at 3pm and were able to ride the evening we got there and also ride the morning we checked out.

The accomodations are rustic, the pool is nice, was very nice. As someone mentioned, the kiddie pool has a lot of dirt at the bottom, I believe a symptom of the dust in the wind there. Our kids didn't get in the kiddie pool, they spent hours jumping in the 9 foot end over and over.

I took the boys on a 2 hour hike up to a cave, and had a really good time with it, but I'm an outdoorsman and enjoy the hot, rocky Hill Country. Bring sunscreen, this is Texas, the sun is hot from May through October.

Food was southern home style cooking. It is family style, plates full of Chicken Fried Steak, Green Beans, and more food than I needed constantly. Friday morning we took a trail ride up to a Cowboy Breakfast up at the top of a Hill, really awesome. All the meals were tons and tons of food.

One suggestion, bring hiking boots/shoes, bring some cards, dominoes, board games to sit and have some fun with the Family... NOT watching TV. We played Horse Shoes and Washers (if you don't know washers, you're not from Texas). Also the kids played ping pong. Also, bring flashlights, we had the kids hunt frogs after dark an caught two.

The fishing hole was completely dry, Texas is in the middle of an amazing drought, so this is not suprising, lakes and ponds are dry all over Texas right now.

We went to town for a small Friday night Rodeo, really cool.

Also, they brought in entertainment at night, a great trick roper one night, country dancing lessons, and rides on a Texas Longhorn for the kids another night. They provide some fun, but the place is built for you to make your own fun, it's not an amusement park.

The kids told me it was one of their favorite vacations ever, but they love animals (3 beautiful Yellow Labs there too) and horses and hiking just like me.

The Weather

Friday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 41° F / 5° C
Humidity: 73 %
Wind: NE - 6 MPH

Saturday

Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Temp: 51° F / 11° C
Humidity: 72 %
Wind: S - 7 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 66° F / 19° C
Humidity: 85 %
Wind: SSW - 10 MPH

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