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8 Days Peaceful Ranch Vacation By The Brazos River in Waco, Texas

Brazos Bluffs Ranch, 608 Dry Creek Road, Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA

Relaxing Ranch Vacation in Texas

When you come to Brazos Bluffs Ranch, with the natural beauty of its high bluffs and wooded valleys on the east bank of the Brazos River, it will feel more like a state park than the private working ranch that it is, only 10 miles from Baylor University and Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. The ranch's screened-in river pavilion and deck on the Brazos River provide an ideal location for family retreats. Brazos Bluffs Ranch offers a volleyball net, horseshoe pits, along with an outdoor barbecue pit, Kamado grill, and indoor kitchen. Ride and take in the natural beauty of Texas in this fascinating ranch holiday!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 250 pounds / 113 kilograms
  • Tack type: Western

Highlights

  • Horse riding holiday for all levels
  • 1-hour horseback riding lesson per day
  • Beautiful countryside with miles of scenic trails
  • A chance to see wildlife in the wooded trails
  • Cozy accommodation along the river bank
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

The only guest lodging on the ranch, a log vacation house with two master suites and a large sleeping loft, is air-conditioned and furnished with most of the modern amenities of home. You'll enjoy the beautiful surroundings and peace and quiet of the ranch. The house has two master suites, one with a king bed, the other with a queen bed, and two twin beds in the carpeted sleeping loft.

The living and dining areas include a leather sofa, a recliner, two easy chairs, and a dining table for six. Linens and most kitchen supplies are furnished. Guests may also use the ranch's outdoor propane grill. The house is wheelchair accessible. The house now has Wi-Fi and a strong cell signal for most phones. It does not have a TV. Parking near the house is limited to three or four spaces, depending on the size of the vehicles.

Note: No smoking anywhere on the ranch, inside or outside.

Program

You will start your day by making yourself a delicious breakfast in the fully-furnished kitchen and sit on the front porch, where you will be entertained by the amazing view, deers, and foxes below. After that, you will continue your day with a one-hour horseback riding lesson per day (for all levels). You will overlook the surrounding countryside, continuing along miles of scenic trails. You can hike or jog up wooded trails to catch a spectacular sunset. You might see deer and wild turkeys at dawn and dusk as you hike or jog up and down the wooded trails.

Location

Brazos Bluffs Ranch is located five miles west of I-35, half-way between Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth, three hours from Houston and San Antonio, next to the popular Brazos de Dios farm, an agrarian Christian community. Though only five miles from Waco, you'll hear owls hoot in the woods, frogs in chorus, and sometimes coyotes howling. You might see deer and wild turkeys at dawn and dusk as you hike or jog up and down the wooded trails. A short scenic walk will reward you with a panoramic view from the bluff overlooking the Brazos River valley 120 feet below.

Nearby places

  • Baylor University and Magnolia Market, 10 miles
  • Cafe Homestead, 3/4 mile away
  • Elm Mott, 5 miles
  • Waco, 5 miles

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Shopping

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace

Services

  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Food

One of the highest-rated restaurants in central Texas, Cafe Homestead, is about a three-quarters mile away. It's open for lunch and dinner (until 6 p.m.) from Monday through Saturday, and breakfast on Saturday. Cracker Barrel and many other restaurants are only minutes away.

Things to do (optional)

Canoeing and kayaking

Brazos Bluffs Ranch has one three-seat canoe (30 USD for two hours), one two-seat canoe (25 USD for two hours) and two kayaks (each 20 USD for two hours). You can spend an hour or all day canoeing or kayaking the clear waters of the Brazos River. Wild turkey, deer, osprey, great blue herons, and other wild animals inhabit the sparsely populated banks. For weeks in the spring and fall, each year scores of flocks of migrating sandhill cranes provide an audio-visual performance flying in formation directly over the ranch, chattering to one another the whole way.

Unlike most birds, which migrate at night when the atmosphere is more stable, sandhill cranes migrate during the daytime to take advantage of the lifts of rising air currents. Although most of the river bed is sandy, because there are also rocks, both large and small, Brazos Bluffs Ranch recommends that you wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy.

What's included

  • 1-hour horseback riding lesson per day (5 days)
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Tax

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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