Texas Best Ranches

King Ranch
Founded in 1852 in Nueces County, 825,000 acres. This is the ranch that developed the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle. They maintain a herd of 60,000 cattle and 1,000 Quarter horses.

XIT Ranch
Created in 1885. Investors received 3,050,000 acres in exchange for building a new State Capitol. The last of the XIT was sold in 1929.

Waggoner Ranch
Vernon, Texas
The largest single piece of privately owned land in Texas.

Boys’ Ranch
Boys’ Ranch, Texas.
Population 550. Established 1939. Over 400 boys and girls benefit from guidance and affectionate discipline in a ranch setting.


Texas Best Dude Ranch

 YO Ranch
Kerrville, Texas
Founded in 1880. 50,000 acre working ranch. Features domestic and exotic wildlife and a 200 room Hilton Hotel on the ranch.

Mayan Ranch
Medina River
Bandera, Texas
796-3312
60 rooms.

Flying L Guest Ranch
Bandera, Texas
800-290-5134
38 suites and golf courses.

Dixie Dude Ranch
Bandera, Texas
800-375-9255
Working ranch.

Twin Elm Ranch
Medina River
Bandera, Texas
796-3628

Lazyhills Guest Ranch
Texas Hwy 27 & Henderson Rd.
Ingram, Texas
210-367-5600
26 unit ranch with family style meals.