So which Texas dude ranch should you choose? According to duderanches.com, there are more than 30 in Texas, and seven of those are in or near the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” Bandera, Texas, a town of around 1,000 people that is located about an hour northwest of San Antonio. Bandera offers the Dixie Dude Ranch, where you can go horseback riding, swimming, hiking, or even have a massage. (I’m not sure massages were a part of the Old West, but thank goodness for progress.) Also in Bandera there is the Flying L Guest Ranch, where they entertain guests every night with trick roping, country music and even gun juggling. (That’s one show for which you might not opt for the front row seats.) Another Texas dude ranch near Bandera is the Mayan Dude Ranch. Then there’s the Running-R Guest Ranch, Rancho Cortez, and the Silver Spur and Twin Elm Guest Ranches. Whew! That’s a lot of dudes in one little town.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bandera’s bustling dude ranches, try a Texas dude ranch that’s in cattle country. The Beaumont Ranch in Texas’ northern parts, up near Dallas and Fort Worth, has just as much to offer as Bandera’s dude ranches. If you want to see real cowboys, the Beaumont Ranch can accommodate. If you’re a city slicker looking for a place for a company retreat or location for a meeting or a teambuilding adventure, this is the place. It offers 40,000 square feet of meeting space, a full service spa and 16 guest rooms. Shoot, you can even bring the kids along; they’ll enjoy this Texas dude ranch’s children’s programs.
Activities range from trail rides to rodeos to barbecues to games and much more. But the specialty at Beaumont Ranch is teambuilding. The Ranch offers several different options that will get your people working together in no time. You can play “Survivor,” where you’ll undergo a series of challenges and eliminations to create a winning team. There’s a mystery dinner that features a who-dun-it mystery for your team to solve. There’s even a “Cowboy Olympics,” in which your team can compete in activities ranging from horse riding to gymnastics to track and field. But the ultimate team building adventure at Beaumont has to be the “City Slicker Cattle Drive” in which you will herd actual cattle using real horses across 1,500 acres. Are you up to the challenge?
Good, then visit www.beaumontranch.com or call (888) 864-6935 to learn all about this Texas dude ranch and what it has to offer. You just might be wrangling a steer in no time.