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Mayan Dude Ranch

Mayan Dude Ranch

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The authentic Texan ranch experience

The Mayan Dude Ranch is a Texan icon, offering the authentic ranch experience in the heart of the countryside. Experience a place where time has stood still: mighty grills, trail rides and authentic accommodations create the atmosphere of a genuine working ranch plus the stunning location, set above the tranquil Medina River, only adds to the ambience. Take to the hills in one of the Lodge Rooms for great views over Bandera and the countryside or cosy up in an authentic native stone cottage and spend your days making the most of the surroundings. Fish, swim and ride to your heart’s content and when the sun goes down you can dine in true Texan style with a meat-heavy feast accompanied by great live entertainment.

  • Stay in an authentic Texan cottage or lodge
  • Enjoy an array of natural activities
  • Head into Bandera – ‘The Cowboy Capital’ - for shopping
  • Experience the fun of a trail-ride
  • Established in 1951

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

Away from it all
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  • Transfer duration: approx 1 hours from San Antonio.

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Ranch

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
Location Highlights

Mayan Dude Ranch

  • Away from it all
  • Approx 1 hours drive from San Antonio.
  • 47 miles North West of San Antonio in beautiful Hill Country
  • 348 acres of trails, panoramic views of the valleys
426 Reviews 94% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 369
  • Very Good 41
  • Average 8
  • Poor 4
  • Terrible 4

What to Expect

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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness


Jun 07, 2019

Wonderful family ranch - fun Grandkid Trip

Longview, Texas

My granddaughter requested horses and a pool. She got that and a LOT more! There are lots of activities that start at breakfast and continue to bedtime! The meals were incredible! The Hicks family gave amazing service and were so friendly. The lodging is clean and we really enjoyed the 2 room set up. We couldn't have been more pleased with everything all week. There were families and lots of grandparents with grandchildren. Everything was family oriented. I highly recommend Mayan Dude Ranch.
May 28, 2019

Best week away

Perth, Australia

We went to the Mayan Dude Ranch for 4 amazing days/ 3 nights and everyone was so kind, warm and friendly- we felt like we were part of a big family! The food was amazing (we bought "Miss Judy's cookbooks!"), the horse rides fantastic and there were plenty of fun activities organised for all ages each day, including archery, bbgun shooting and hayrides. Key highlight was definitely the "Cowboy Cookouts" which were hearty breakfasts cooked on wood fire bbq and served under big trees with a some live country tunes being played quietly in the background. Our accommodation was spotless and you could see the pride and joy the team take in providing, to the very best of their ability, a wonderful experience for their guests. A special "thank you" to Kelly for organising the tickets to the rodeo before the journey home back to Houston . Also a special "thank you" to 'Jurassic' Judy, Greg, Walker, Ryan, Dave and the team for their wonderful efforts, kindness and care. It was so wonderful to get away from the big cities and to create some of the best memories of our lives amongst in such a genuine and warm environment. We miss the Mayan Dude Ranch already and will definitely be back!
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Music and Dancing

To add to the experience, guests are treated to music and dancing shows throughout the summer season and sometimes in the off-peak season. Look forward to cowboy bands and other musical groups and enjoy a good old line dance.

Horse Riding

As with any good ranch, the Mayan Dude features a range of horses. Ride through the landscape and enjoy the Texan countryside the only way it should be enjoyed – on horseback.


As the ranch is so large and the activities so diverse, it takes a lot of walking to get around from one place to another. Why not instead take advantage of the hayride service to get there faster? Enjoy a traditional ride through the wilderness to the Cowboy Breakfast or maybe head out under the stars and stop by a friendly campfire for a sing-along.

Sports and Activities

Alongside the rides, the pool and the entertainment there are plenty of extra activities to be enjoyed. Why not try fishing, ping pong, tennis, basketball or volleyball in the free time left over during the day?

Swimming Pool

If you want to cool down then take advantage of this Texan-sized swimming pool.

Mayan Dude Ranch

Room Types

Standard Room

Standard Ranch Package

Guests are allocated either a traditional stone cottage or a scenic lodge for their stay. The native stone cottages feature cosy stone-walled interiors and come with either ne, two or three bedrooms whilst the lodges are situated at the highest points of the site and afford great views over the area and come with a main king bedroom and a separate two double bed room.

Standard ranch package includes three sumptuous meals daily, two  horseback rides and complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks between 11:00am and 10:00pm. Meals include barbeques, Cowboy Breakfast cooked on the trail, steak frys, Mexican fiestas and more. 

Mayan Dude Ranch

Food & Drink

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Food and Drink

Food and drink is offered across the site, from the Cowboy's Breakfast to the Riverside Gazebo. Start the day the proper way with a hearty meal in natural surroundings and finish the day on a high with plenty of food and entertainment by the Riverside Gazebo. Look forward to barbecues, grills, Mexican tastes and plenty of meat options.Guests are entitled to three meals a day, free drinks including wine, beer and soft drinks between 11:00am and 10:00pm.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

This full-board rate incorporates three meals a day as well as free wine, beer and soft drinks from 11:00am to 10:00pm and two horseback rides.