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 a bit empty and asked if all we were paying for (riding, hayride, using a lasso lesson, entertainment, dinner etc) would be provided. The woman said yes they still provided the full activities and there were guests but finishing lunch. We ended up doing a walking trail ride with no trot or anything else with about 6 other customers.
After completing the ride I asked if they normally trot the horses but was told I needed to request. I asked if we could have another ride. I was told it was another $25 per person. We decided to check out the other activities. Hmmm, what can we do? Oh feed the cattle in about 3 hours. The ranch hands seemed too busy to arrange activities to entertain the 8 guests. I asked about the lasso lesson which was adjacent to the barn but was given no response on when they were doing it, even though 8 customers were all standing at Lund doing "Nothing" following the ride! Hmm you could check out the pot belly pig!!!
We could go swimming. But we did not have towels or a place to change. Quite honestly the pool looked like something out of National Lampoon's Vacation. With nothing to do and being in San Antonio for only 2 days, I decided to cut this visit early as we decided not to sit around for 3 hours just to see cattle being fed. I asked how much ch it was just for the ride and was told $50 per person even my 7 year old! I guess it is is only $25 per hour to add an additional ride?
To sum it up, I do not feel it was worth the nearly 1.5 hour drive nor the money. If El Cortez Ranch knew they were going to have 8 guests they should have planned to ensure that activities were arranged and coordinated by the staff and not simply leave the guests to loiter around. Very disappointing!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Cortez Hotel Bandera
- Rancho Cortez Bandera, Texas