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Rancho Cortez

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Anaheim, California
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was so excited to take my little girl to spend time at a dude ranch. We made a reservation for a half day from 1 pm-8 pm . Wh m I made the reservation I asked if all the activities would be available in late April and told yes. When we checked in at 12:45 I noticed the ranch...

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Mary C, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

Like we've mentioned before, we're sorry you and your daughter didn't enjoy your visit. We admit time on the ranch is slower paced than normal city life, but we like to give our guests time to enjoy each activity without rushing them around. Whenever there's a certain activity you'd like to participate in or any questions you have, don't hesitate...

Paisley, Scotland
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We opted for the half day visit and we we're very pleased with it. Trail ride, lasso lesson, time to roam the hills and play about on the ranch, trip out to feed the longhorn cattle, tasty dinner (especially desert; apple cobbler and cranberry bread pudding with a sweet cream. I had asked Denise(??) if she shares recipes as it...

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Mary C, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

We're happy you and your family had a fantastic time on our ranch horseback riding, feeding the longhorns, and exploring. Thanks for visiting. We hope you all return again in the future! Take care, Larry and Mary - Owners

The Woodlands, Texas
Reviewed 20 March 2017

My husband and I wanted to bring our five year old grand daughter to Texas Hill Country to experience the flavor of the land and culture. (She lives in Bayou country in La) I researched several ranches in the area but my gut just lead me to Rancho Cortez. It could have been something as simple as the heated pool....

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Mary C, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

It was a blast having your family out here on the ranch! We're so glad your granddaughter had a fun time celebrating her birthday by riding horses, playing with the farm animals, and swimming. We were delighted to see her birthday card to Larry arrive! Thank you for all the support. We hope to see your family out here again!...

Reviewed 4 March 2017

I planned a trip to visit Rancho Cortez with a large group and Rancho Cortez was very easy to work with. Their communication was great and the whole experience was better than I could have imagined. Larry was a delight and made the whole experience authentic and enjoyable. My only regret is that we didn't end up staying over night...

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Mary C, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your time exploring our property on the trail ride, Aubry. It's also great that our communication with you was helpful and created a stress-free experience. Thanks for your support. We hope you'll return again whenever you're in the area! Best, Larry and Mary - Owners

Baltimore, Maryland
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

I visited Rancho Cortez for a half day with some middle schoolers. We had a great time learning about and riding horses, learning how to lasso, seeing cattle up close, eating dinner, and sitting around the campfire. I noticed some other reviewers have low ratings for things like Larry (the owner) being politically incorrect and smoking or for the area...

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Mary C, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate your recommendation and support. We certainly want each of our guests to feel welcome and we'll always go out of our way to ensure this happens. It's wonderful you and the students with you had a fantastic time horseback riding, feeding the longhorns, and telling stories around the campfire. Thank you for visiting. We hope you'll come...

Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This was such an amazing experience! Beautiful horses and great owners/ranch hands. I would have loved to stay a few days but it's definitely worth going either way! I will for sure recommend for anyone going to the San Antonio area!

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Mary C, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

A recommendation is the best thing we could ask for, Andrea -- we greatly appreciate your support! It's fantastic you had an amazing time horseback riding and enjoying the scenery on our ranch. We hope you'll return again in the future! Until then, happy trails. Best, Larry and Mary - Owners

Short Hills, NJ
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We had a fun half day visit. The two adults had never rode a horse and our 13 year old only had a few times. But they were great at handling this. Dinner, brisket the day we were there was tasty. Larry is a riot but totally not politically correct. While he is a true cowboy I did take off...

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Mary C, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

We're very happy your family had a great time riding around our ranch and enjoying the brisket dinner. We apologize if any of our humor was off-putting to you, and we're very sorry if the smoking bothered you. Please never feel shy to tell us these things in person. We want all of our guests to feel at home, so...

El Paso, Texas
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Larry, his family, staff, and friends went out of their way to help us spend quality time with our terminally ill nephew. It has definitely been an experience we will never forget. They became our family as they shared our joy in fulfilling our nephew’s wish. We will forever treasure every moment of this beautiful place. They went above and...

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Mary C, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

We're sincerely grateful to have been a part of your family's treasured memories with your nephew. It's such a tough time to go through, so we certainly wanted you all to have a fun, comfortable time on the ranch. Thanks for joining us for this meaningful experience. We wish your family peace and love. Well wishes to you all, Larry...

El Paso, Texas
Reviewed 14 December 2016

This is a true RANCH, with all that you would expect, and more. Beautiful Texas hills and skies, along with many well cared for animals, cabins, meals, activities and all amenites in general were fantastic. Nonetheless, what really makes this place special are its people, from its owner to the kitchen staff and everyone in between.They went above and beyond...

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Mary C, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

We're beyond happy that your family and friends had a fantastic Texas experience at our ranch. We certainly enjoyed y'all's visit. It was wonderful to see the positivity and love you all shared. Thanks for letting us be a part of your treasured memory. Best, Larry and Mary - Owners

Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Please plan on a day trip at least. We arrived at 10 am. Went on two horse rides (1 hour each time), fed longhorns, had lunch and dinner, saw a trick roper, the boys learned how to throw a rope, and had a bonfire with a real life guitar man under the stars. IT WAS AWESOME. Mr. Cortez interacts with...

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Mary C, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

Wow, we're so glad your family had an awesome day with us! It's great you're already talking about coming back soon. We'd love to see you again. You all were a blast to ride with. Until then, happy trails! Best, Larry and Mary - Owners

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  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free Internet
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Rancho Cortez! Located in the cowboy capital of the world, Rancho Cortez is a Texas Dude Ranch and Cowboy Fitness Farm offering horseback riding, lodging, day trips, hiking, and more! Saddle up and live your dreams at the Texas Dude Ranch! Cowboys, cowgirls, and experienced riders will enjoy horseback riding with expert cowboy, Larry Cortez. We offer plenty of Texas-style fun with hayrides, campfires, cattle roundups, lasso lessons, swimming in our pool, or soaking in our hot tub. With a broad array of wildlife species and ruggedly beautiful landscape as far as the eye can see, the ranch is the perfect escape from urban life. Lost weight and get fit on the Cowboy Fitness Farm! Fitness and weight loss visitors will work with personal trainers under the direction of Mary Cortez. Come for our popular 30 day weight loss camp or spend just a few days or weeks. Guided hikes, water aerobics, yoga, weight training, aerobics, pilates, and horseback riding - along with classes in the air-conditioned gym - will help you meet your weight loss goals. We can get you started on the road to a healthier life and teach you new skills to take home! Come to the beautiful Texas Hill Country for the getaway of a lifetime at Rancho Cortez! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rancho Cortez

Address: 872 Hay Holler Rd, Bandera, TX 78003-4364
Region: United States > Texas > Bandera County > Bandera
Price Range: €91 - €206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
Rancho Cortez Hotel Bandera
Rancho Cortez Bandera, Texas
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“There are a few other hotels in Bandera as well as at least 3 other Dude Ranches nearby”
jdealman, 23 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Trust Cheryl to match the best room to accommodate your party.”
maxmtex2017, 20 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All cabins are great!”
rgarcia5809, 14 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have a porch with excellent views”
pflitfin, 29 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Go horse riding elsewhere - this is not a proper Texan ranch.”
theunforgiven666, 23 Nov 2016 | Read review
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