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Indulge your inner cowboy at one of these iconic Lone Star State dude ranches. Along with wide-open spaces, you can look forward to horseback trail rides, campfire cookouts, and stories under the stars. Take note when packing your suitcase: Cowboy boots and hats, belt buckles, and pearl-snap shirts aren’t required, but they sure are strongly suggested, y’all.
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6062 Hwy 16 South, Graham, TX 76450, USA
Wildcatter Ranch, offers a cowboy hat-wearing and yee-haw-worthy Lone Star State adventure. Riding is the top activity—the ranch has 35 horses and over 20 miles of trails on property—but guests can also go skeet shooting or indulge in a spa...
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Looking for a fancy ranch experience? Get the lay of the land of this 330-acre property in a carriage ride, where guests bundle up in an antique coach with spiked hot chocolate in hand. A bottle of wine greets you in one of 11 plush casitas, which...
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9061 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera, TX 78003, USA
The West 1077 Guest Ranch sits on 230 acres in Banderas, the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” but it also takes advantage of access to the adjacent Hill Country State Natural Area with an additional 5,400 acres that are crossed by 40 miles of...
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Located in central Texas, Flying L has draws for both senior and junior ranch hands. While parents tee off on an 18-hole championship golf course, for example, kids can hunt for arrowheads, take roping lessons, and brand their own hats. Hot summer...
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833 Dixie Dude Ranch Rd, Bandera, TX 78003, USA
Life at the 725-acre Dixie, outside of Bandera, revolves around horses, hard work, and hardy, meat-filled meals with brisket, ribs, and huge portions of chicken fried steak, all served family-style. After climbing out of pine-wood beds (the 20...
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The Hommel family will put you to work on their 1500-acre property, where travelers can saddle-up and head out on cattle drives. You’ll help with herd chores, rope cattle, and even brand cowhides. The ranch also has great birding (over 60 species...
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Almost anything is possible on these 2,500 acres: bespoke all-inclusive itineraries can include exotic animal photo safaris, outdoor spa treatments, and kid-friendly rodeo games in a full-sized rink. Under different packages, guests can hunt white...
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US-67, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
Head to this 30,000-acre West Texas ranch to see the buffalo really roam—not to mention elk, javelinas, and bobcats. Three restored 1800s adobe forts house 22 guestrooms with hacienda-style furnishings, Mexican antiques and colorful hand-stitched...
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10848 Cactus Ln, Chappell Hill, TX 77426, USA
Here, Native Americans fought for territory, and Stephen F. Austin, known as the Father of Texas, set up camp for his “old three hundred” settlers in 1827. Today visitors can head out on cattle drives, fish for their dinner, and even assist in...
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The 350-acre escape is home to over 60 happy horses, making riding the most popular activity among return guests. Take an early morning ride to an abandoned ghost town where a cowboy breakfast—eggs, hash browns, thickly cut bacon and sausage—is...