I brought a group of 20 Turkish college students to Rancho Cortez to experience Texan culture, ride horses for the first time and learn about life on a working ranch. Larry and Cheryl greeted us immediately upon arrival and quickly planned our cowboy agenda for the next two days. We used the bunkhouses and a couple of the private rooms. All were clean, cool and pleasant.
The cowboy experience was awesome! We split into two groups and Chris led one group on a trail ride while Larry worked with us in the horse ring on riding skills and getting comfortable on the horses. The program was finished for the day with a campfire, smores and Larry doing storytelling about the history of the ranch. Invaluable experience. The food was plentiful and just fine. All in all we had an extraordinary experience.
- 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