Running R Ranch
9059 Bandera Creek Road, Bandera, TX, USA
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Disappointing Dude Ranch Experience Dec 13, 2009
Running R is a beautiful setting and may be worth the trip for a day ride. Winter is admittedly not the time to go to a dude ranch as it was gray and drizzly while we were ther. Rooms and lodge were very clean and comfortable, but the two hour trail ride included in the cost comprised one hour of saddling and 1 hour of actually riding. That the was sole activity for our $400 stay. No offer of hayrides, horseshoes, campfires, nothing! The national park was closed for riding and walking due to hunting (should be posted on the Ranch website!). The lodge in the evening was dark, had a pool table with no balls, a pile of well-used games, and a ping pong table that sat in the yard (it's dark out there!). There were no ranch activities, entertainment or camp fire in the evening. We watched the staff watch a football game on the sole TV. We did have the opportunity to watch/participate in feeding the horses early in the morning if we chose.
Food was good but not particularly plentiful or of much variety. We were hoping to learn something about ranching, taking care of animals and the lifestyle of traditional TX ranching as well as some of the activities advertised by the dude ranches in the area: cowboy bonfires, demonstrations, educational activities, wagon rides... Hopefully, other ranches are a better experience.
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