Mayan Dude Ranch, Bandera, Texas is the “Home of Horsepitality.”

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 You will love the Mayan (locally pronounced MAY-ann) because it embraces the essence of dude ranching:
treating guests like family and serving up zany activities all day and into the evening.

About the Ranch

The Mayan Ranch is nestled in a picturesque valley amid cedar-clad hills six blocks from downtown Bandera. The cypress-lined Medina River, where guests can swim, tube, and fish, draws a lazy horseshoe loop around the 348-acre spread, crisscrossed by riding trails. White-tailed deer and showy peacocks wander among the rustic cabins, originally built on this site in the 1930s for a Girl Scouts camp. Now, a swimming pool, party pavilion, basketball and tennis courts, corrals, Western village (Hicksville / Western Village), and a welcoming lodge with dining hall round out the amenities.


We have plenty of fun for the whole family.

  • Hayrides
  • Cowboy Breakfasts
  • Artifact Hunting
  • Hiking
  • Dinosaur Tracks
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Marshmallow Roasts
  • Roping
  • Archery
  • Dance Lessons
  • Western Bingo
  • Hoedowns
  • Barbecues
  • Fiestas

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And the Food?

It’s plentiful and based on the down-home-comfort recipes Judy Hicks has compiled over a half-century of feeding guests and hungry cowboys.



Read about when and why the ranch was founded.


Curious about how the ranch looks like? Browse through our gallery and see with your own eyes.
Meet Our Family

Meet Our Family

Three generations of the Hicks family keep the ranch rolling from dawn to evening campfire.
Meet Our Friends

Meet Our Friends

Meet our furry and feathered friends. Yes, you can pet and even ride some of these animals.


Mi rancho es su rancho. Our co-inhabitants include deer, armadillos, birds, lizards, cats, racoons, frogs, fox, ringtales, coyotes, opossum and fish that freely roam the property.
Policies & Rules

Policies & Rules

Straight from the horse's mouth, read all of our ranch rules and policies.
Ranch Map

Ranch Map

View our online interactive map, or download a map file to your device.