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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 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.

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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.

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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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