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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful time at rancho Cortez , the location is fantastic with nothing but nature to disturb you. Also the close by town of Bandera is worth a visit. We stayed 4 days and had a great time, our 3 year old loved the freedom of the outdoors while my wife and I enjoyed the horse riding and... More 

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Thank Iain T
Mary C, Owner at Rancho Cortez, responded to this review

Thank you for the recommendation, Iain. We're happy your family had an excellent time on our ranch. We hope to make more fun memories with you all again! Until then, happy trails. Best, Larry and Mary - Owners More 

Leander, Texas
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The atmosphere that was created by the Check-in Host,the Wranglers, the Rrooms and Room Service and especially the Cafeteria Personnel far exceeded all my expectations. There was a large crowd of guests at the time of my visit, but I was treated as if I were the only guest at the ranch. The activities were fun, entertaining unusual for me... More 

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

It's wonderful your time at our ranch exceeded all expectations you had. We want each guest to feel at home when they visit, so it means the world to us that you felt like family among us and enjoyed the individual attention we gave each person. We're glad each activity kept you entertained. Thanks for choosing to spend your vacation... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Guys the drive from Austin to the ranch is so gorgeous I could have just done that over and over again! Ranch life is great...the experience we had away from kids is exactly what we needed. Not overcrowded, amazing food -- that was healthy!!! I didn't know you could make country-cook in' healthy! I felt like I was on a... More 

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

"Cortez for life!" just might be our new battle cry, Brian! We're so glad you and your wife had a great time getting away from the city to stay at our ranch. It's wonderful you enjoyed our well-trained horses and the beautiful scenery the Texas hill country has to offer. Thank you so much for all of your support. We... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am going to write this comment in English so it is understood by the majority including the owners. As a group of 4 very excited about our visit to a Texan ranch, we have been nothing short of disappointed by Rancho Cortez. We had initially planned a half-day dude ranch visit, extending it to a full day due to... More 

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

First things first, we'd like to say: Safety of both our riders and our horses is a top priority. For this reason, we train our horses to fit all skill levels, and we require that each rider wears a helmet. There should be helmets available for each person, and we can always accommodate riders' needs to find one that fits.... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended a 2 week “boot camp” session at Rancho in August of this year. It truly was a life-changing experience. I was completely out of shape and had not exercised regularly for over 20 years. Karen, the lead fitness expert was amazing. But all of the staff were super friendly and accommodating. I was never made to feel out... More 

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

We loved having you here for our boot camp, Shanna -- you always know how to make us laugh! We're so happy to hear we've helped change your life. Congrats on all of the great progress you've achieved. Keep up the great work and remember: you're welcome here any time! Hope to see you again soon. Best, Larry and Mary... More 

bmcsue
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52 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We headed to Rancho Cortez from a 1 week stay in Austin and we loved every minute. We were made to feel like welcome visitors rather than paying customers. Larry was a very nice host. We did the half day stay, but it was a good value and my whole family loved it. Great "Texas" experience. We were inexperienced riders,... More 

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

We're so happy we were able to give you a full Texas experience during your visit. We enjoy sharing our passion for horseback riding and the ranch with others -- it's wonderful this came across and you all had a great time. Thanks for riding with us and sharing your support! We hope to see you again the next time... More 

East Lyme, Connecticut
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

We had an amazing day at Rancho Cortez! Everyone was so welcoming and kind. We chose the full day package which included 2 beautiful trail rides through various terrain and scenic views the entire time. Larry was our guide and spent the whole day with us. He made the day really fun for everyone. He taught us about horses, how... More 

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

We're thrilled you had a fantastic time riding, feeding the cattle, learning to lasso, and swimming -- the whole rancher experience! Riding fast is fun, huh? We definitely reserve the faster runs for experienced riders like yourself, so we're glad you had a blast taking things to the next level on your ride. It's fantastic being a highlight of your... More 

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Wow, what a great place. I honestly felt we were more like friends than guests. Texas hospitality at its best Larry, Cheryl, Donny, David and the girls in the kitchen were absolutely great. We rode we eat and we chatted around the campfire for one of the best holiday stops we have ever had. They could not do enough for... More 

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

We're thrilled you felt at home on our ranch, Dermot and Kathleen. That is certainly our goal, as evidenced by our passionate, friendly staff! Thanks so much for staying with us. We can't wait to see you both again! Best, Larry and Mary - Owners More 

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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Looking for a place to have a nice horseback ride, we found Ranch Cortez. The whole experience was amazing. First of all, Mr. Cortez is by far the funniest man I've met in a while. He made our experience even better. Also, his crew is friendly and welcoming. Y'all love it there.

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

Mari, it's great to hear your ride with us was amazing! Thanks so much for the kind words -- we look forward to sharing your praise with the team. Come back soon! Warm regards, Larry and Mary - Owners More 

Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We did the dude ranch experience. Stayed overnight. Very enjoyable. Totally relaxed. Cheryl, Don an Dave very friendly. Cabin was lovely. Dinner an breakfast was tasty. 2 trail rides, up close feeding the long horn cattle, lassoo lesson, smores by the camp fire! Highly recommend. Would definitely return.

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

We're happy to hear you enjoyed the cabin, dinner, and trail rides! Thanks for visiting -- we hope you'll be back soon. All best, Larry and Mary - Owners More 

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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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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: $132 - $299 (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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“All rooms have a porch with excellent views”
 of 5 bubbles pflitfin, 29 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Go horse riding elsewhere - this is not a proper Texan ranch.”
 of 5 bubbles theunforgiven666, 23 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If the bunk-house is not for you, other rooms are available for an additional charge”
 of 5 bubbles 789shannaf, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
“You can request a room with a view to the hills versus one which outlooks the activities, etc.”
 of 5 bubbles T5277OCsarahh, 16 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Best Cowboy Experience in Texas”
 of 5 bubbles O3b4, 15 Mar 2016 | Read review
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