Rancho Cortez Dude Ranch in Bandera Texas
Rancho Cortez Dude Ranch Bandera Texas Guest Riding Lodgings Accommodations


Hosts: Anthony, Larry, K.D., Linda, Chris and Mary Cortez

Bedrooms: 7

Address: Rancho Cortez, 872 Hay Hollar Rd., Bandera, Texas 78003 USA

Telephone: 1-830-796-9339 in Texas,
Toll-free outside of Texas at 1-866-797-9339

Fax: (830) 796-9449

Activities/Attractions: Fill every day with activity, or just relax out by the pool, hot tub or hammock. Here's the itinerary of a typical day:

  • 7AM- Help feed and water the horses
  • 8AM- Breakfast bell
  • 9:30AM- Morning trail ride
  • 11AM- Private lesson or swim
  • NOON- Lunch bell
  • 1PM- Relax, hike, bike or shop
  • 3PM- Afternoon trail ride
  • 4:30PM- Private lesson or swim
  • 6PM- Dinner bell
  • 7PM- Cowboy entertainment/hayride
  • 9PM- Campfire sing along, roast marshmallows and make s'mores, gaze at the stars
  • 10PM- Off to bed

The ranch offers:

  • horseback riding designed to suit every level
  • beautiful scenery
  • cattle roundups
  • children's rodeos
  • hayrides
  • campfires
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • overnight trail rides

"Just a little note to say "HI" to all of you and let you know again how much we enjoyed our visit to your ranch. We all had a great time and your hospitality was tremendous. We hope to see you again to enjoy another trail ride and eat some of your delicious chow, and enjoy all the other activities there!"

"You know there are very few places in the world that can nurture the spirit and the soul. I want you to know that your place, this ranch, your family is one of those distinct, intimate and nurturing homes! Thank you for all that y'all have given so lovingly and willingly. Only special people can do that!"

"Thank you so much for the wonderful time. We were blessed by such great people. We appreciate everything you did for us. The grandchildren loved every minute. The food was great. You all are terrific. we wish you the best. Thanks and God bless you all."


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"I still regularly regale people with my ranching stories-many happy memories. Being on the ranch with you all made me realise how much I love to learn new things (even if they have dubious transferable use such as ropin' goats!)"

"I had the best time!!! I was so excited before the trip, but it was even better than I could have expected. I can't wait to make another trip up."

"We were so relaxed at your facility, and enjoyed every minute we were there. The room was perfect and the food was just like Mama's. You will definitely come highly recommended by us. Again thank you all. And God bless you."

"The other night Iris cried herself to sleep because she doesn't think it's fair not to live at a dude ranch. Hopefully we'll get back up there soon."

"I hope you'll remember me. We came this summer to visit your marvelous ranch. I want to thank you very much for your hospitality and for being so nice and helpful with us! We spent a very good time there."

"Our time at Rancho Cortez was the highlight of our trip."

General Information: For an authentic Texas experience, visit our dude ranch, Rancho Cortez, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, just one hour from San Antonio's world-famous Riverwalk and the Alamo. Rancho Cortez in Bandera is a perfect place for family vacations, ranch holidays, family reunions, weddings, or just to get away for a day ... offering:

  • deluxe suites for an upscale guest ranch vacation
  • large porches
  • a shaded pool
  • outdoor spa
  • large dining room
  • lodge with inviting fireplace

You can rough it and still have a mint on your pillow. We can also accommodate groups in our new bunkhouse!

We serve healthy, home-cooked Texas-size meals! Most of our meals are prepared from scratch, and we are always keeping an eye on the ingredients. We want our guests and family to be happy and healthy!

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover, Travelers checks, Personal checks, wire transfer and cash.

Rates: (Prices quoted in US Dollars)

$125/person/day/double

Rates include 3 meals and 2 hours of horseback per day.

Group rates are also available!


"Stan and I wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time at Rancho Cortez. Your stock is excellent and very well treated. The stay was relaxing AND invigorating. Larry was very patient with us and was enthusiastically and capably up to the challenge of improving our riding skills. Above all, we always had a good time and will try to get back as soon as we are able. Everyone there made us feel that we were much more than ignorant tourists and we hope you will take us in again."

"I just wanted to send you a little note to thank you again for a great time at your ranch. Dave and I both had a terrific time. You were all so friendly and inviting, by the time we left we felt like a part of your family. It is a memory my son and I will cherish. I appreciate the time Larry took to really bond with my son, he felt like he had known you forever. Thank you for your personalized attention and horseback riding lessons. I hope that we will someday return with the whole clan. Bless your whole family."

"How I wish we were still there with you! We had a fabulous time. Being out at Rancho Cortez really made me rethink a lot of things. Life is very precious and if we all continue to run through it we will never take the time to appreciate the everyday beauty around us."

"Every single person on the ranch was just great to be with. You are all so friendly and welcoming, and you made our stay perfect in every way. So yes, we will "see ya at the ranch" just as soon as we can."

"I had a blast at your ranch! Great to get to know the horse that you are riding. Be sure to tell the cook that he did an awesome job! Tell little Anthony and K.D. that I said HI and all the horses too."