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Dixie Dude Ranch

Bandera, TX

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Address: Dixie Dude Ranch Rd, Bandera, TX 78003, USA Number: 830 796-7771 Website Contact How do we get there?

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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?



Horseback rides $35 one hour.



$50 adult and child for double riders (under 6 years old)


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Additional 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.

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.

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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.

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Where is it at?


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.

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!

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!

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.

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When can we go?

Call ahead for booking.

All year round.

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