9 of the Best Texas Dude & Guest Ranches

Here is our list of the 9 best dude ranches and guest ranches in Texas. Do you remember the old days of:

  • catching a cowboy movie for under a buck - was John Wayne the best everand what about Roy and Dale?
  • sitting with the family watching TV programs like Gunsmoke, Pallidan, Rifleman, or Bonanza
  • dressing up in your cowboy hat and six shooter and pretending you were a wild west cowboy fighting the Indians and outlaws
  • having a cookout around the campfire and singing cowboy songs
  • roping and riding with your stick pony on the wild west range

Well why not relive some of those good ole days and memories by visiting one of the best Texas Dude Ranches which are also known as Texas Guest Ranches. You'll get to experience true Texas culture, the old wild west days, or just to have a fun and different experience for a weekend or longer. Texas has some the best dude and guest ranches in the United States, so what are you waiting for book a reservation now at any of the below dude or guest ranches in Texas.


Texas Dude and Guest Ranches

Bandera, Texas

West 1077 isn't the typical dude ranch: no mass tourism, no schedule to follow! Go hiking, try one of the mountain bikes or book a private horseback ride onsite - enjoy all activities at your own leisure. With direct access to the neighboring 5,500 acre State Park there is over 50 miles of breathtaking trails in unspoiled nature to explore! Relax in the swimming pool, enjoy delicious meals in the stunning old-world-style cowboy lodge, play a game of pool, ping pong, badminton or meet new friends. Enjoy the privacy of your own comfortable cabin and sit on your own porch soaking up the beautiful views. Spend a few nights at this pristine destination, get away from it all and enjoy the peaceful surrounding at a different dude ranch. You will not leave disappointed.

horseback riding at West 1077 Guest Ranch

Enjoying West 1077 Guest Ranch


Flying L Guest Ranch & Villas

Bandera, Texas

We spent an a very enjoyable two days at Flying L Guest Ranch. They offer a wide plenty of activities including: an 18 hole golf course, miniature golf, tennis, waterpark, hay rides, swimming pool, and scheduled daily activities. Kids and us kids at heart will not want to leave the waterpark. You also have several choices for lodging including golf villas, cabins, and even a teepee. Here is the link to learn more about our stay at .

Tubing the lazy river at Flying L

Silver Spur Guest Ranch

Bandera, Texas


This historic guest ranch is a perfect place to trade in your tie for a red bandana, your skirt for blue jeans, and your worries for the peace of a Western sunset. Relax, have fun, make unforgettable memories, and enjoy your surroundings. A special place where families come together and new friends are made. A unique ranch where you'll find a real Western cowboy experience. The Ranch has nearly 300 acres where you can explore, experience, and enjoy western life on horseback or hiking, you’ll discover the beauty of Texas Hill Country. Enjoy the hayrides, campfires, fossil digging, entertainment and so much more.

Silver Spur Arena

Silver Spur Front Porch

Mayan Dude Ranch



You can be a part of the Western Tradition that has produced seven world champion rodeo cowboys. Your dream of becoming a "Rootin' tootin' Cowboy" will be fulfilled at Mayan. Picturesque trails wander over 348 acres, from the lowlands of the Medina River, that horse shoes through the ranch, to high in the hills for a panoramic view of the valleys. Behind the western scene are up-to-date- facilities and amenities which has been owned and operated by the Hicks family for over half a century.

Mayan Dude Ranch Guests

Mayan Ranch Horses

Prude Ranch

Ft Davis, Texas


Prude has created a fun packed western vacation for children or the entire family.  The Ranch was established over 100 years ago as a cattle ranch.  For the last eighty years, six generations have run the ranch as both guest ranch and working cattle ranch. Today, Prude Guest Ranch is one of the few places left in the southwest where children and adults can enjoy wide-open spaces, scenic mountain ranges, pure air, and pleasant temperatures.

Prude Ranch Dining Room

Prude Ranch Historic Building

Beaumont Ranch

Grandview, Texas


The atmosphere at Beaumont Ranch is upscale, but very relaxed.They provide trail rides, cattle drives, riding & roping lessons, or customize your experience by choosing activities from their package menu. You will find the lodging, food and entertainment perfect for a fun Texas experience.

Beaumont Dude Ranch

Beaumont Dude Ranch

YO Ranch



Land leaves its imprints upon the people who care for it, manage it, live on it and love it. This can be seen clearly deep in the tree-studded, canyon-broken heart of the Texas Hill Country where the Y.O. Ranch has been for six generations. Back in the 1980s, it earned the reputation, world-wide, as “America’s Original Game Ranch.”® The current generation is setting new standards in recreation, outdoor adventure and hospitality. Go see them - they have a horse saddled up for you.


Yo Ranch on Horseback

Yo Ranch Lobby

Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa


If you're looking for an upscale Texas Dude or Guest Ranch with resort style amenities, then you need to check out Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa. They have one of, if not the best equestrian centers in Texas and offer guided trail rides, riding lessons, or premier vacation packages for the individual or family who desire a true Texas experience on horseback. After your ride you can go on a Cowboy Action Shoot, ride ATVs, swim in the pool, play a round of golf, or ride mountain bikes and finally end a fun day with a relaxing massage, a cold drink, and a delicious dinner under the stars. Read our to learn why we love this Resort.

Horseback riding at Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa

ATV Ride at Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa

Dos Vaqueros Ranch Resort

Refugio, Texas


You can live the life of the old time cowboy as you experience the thrill and excitement of life on this historic working cattle ranch when vacationing at Dos Vaqueros. You'll be part of an adventure as you saddle up to ride .. . or take a hayride ...or out to join the ranch hands as they work cattle; eat a chuckwagon breakfast or dinner. Guests stay in a lodge beautifully decorated in Southwestern style complete with large lounge area with a fireplace, dining area, antique pool table, wet bar, VCR, outdoor deck, patio, and swimming pool.

Dos Vaqueros Ranch Resort

Dos Vaqueros Ranch Resort

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