5300ac of Rural Texas Hill Country

“kept far removed and untouched by modern civilization, where everything is preserved intact, yet put to a useful purpose.”

That’s what Louise Lindsey Merrick, owner of the Bar-O Ranch, requested when she donated portions of her land over a seven-year period to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. First opened to the public in 1984,

This location is by far the largest area of riding you will find. The park has 40 miles trails of absolute everything you expect in the Texas Hill Country! Amazing scenery, climbs, scenic and rugged mosaic of rocky hills, flowing springs, oak groves and grasslands.

At this location we offer several different rides, and also thrilling Camp out with horses under Texas Sky, it cannot be more Cowboy than that!

Restrictions: Max number of riders 15min age 8, max weight 220lbs. Safety and health of our horses is our main concern. Unfortunately our quarterhorss are relatively small, therefore we are not able to accomondate riders over 220lbs (read more)

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1h - 3h


COST: from $60

RIDING LEVEL: First timer to Intermediate

Age limit: 8

Pace: Walk - lope

Includes: Horse and Guide, water and admission to park

4h ride with Lunch

COST: $180 per rider

RIDING LEVEL: First timer to Intermediate

Age limit: 8

Time: 4h

Pace: Walk - lope

Includes: Horse and Guide, water and admission to park, lunch


Cowboy Camp Out

1 night 2 day ride 2-4 people

Day 1
Meet up at entrance of the park for registration at 9AM. Drive out to the designated horse camp site to unload horses. Assign horses and safety instructions. Ride 3h, trails depending on weather. Return to campsite, water and hay horses and set up the campsite for the night, sleep in tent or under the stars on the cowboy bedroll (canvas tarp where mattress and bedding is rolled in). Lunch. Ride out 3h. Return to campsite, feed horses and start preparing supper, and campfire in designated ring if allowed.

Day 2
Feed and water horses. Prepare breakfast, and pack lunch. Take down campsite and clean up. Back to trailers water horses and head back by 2PM


The offer includes
Horses and camping gear for cookout, bedroll and tent, guide for trail ride and to stay overnight to attend to horses and safety. Entrance and camping fee to park. When there is no burn-ban, we will do campfire with logs. Riding time and detail planning is flexible to your preference.

Riders can choose to buy grocery for whatever they prefer, or choose to include service that Bandera Historical Rides purchase grocery to prepare lunch, cowboy breakfast and supper. Bandera Historical Rides will assist in preparation of the food, but not serve it.

Cost 2 people $750
Cost 3 people $950
Cost 4 people $1050

Additional service
Food package $80/person
Camp out in 15ft teepee $500


Riders must be of 8years old or older and have previous riding experience considered to be intermediate rider (can control a horse in walk and trot). Rules and regulations of the park must at all point be followed.

Bandera Historical Rides do everything we can to guarantee satisfaction, however we cannot control the weather. If the weather condition is such that we are not able to ride, riders do not have to pay the full fee