As every Texan knows, there is a lot more to the Lone Star state than cowboy hats and saddles. That’s not to say that the Texas of today doesn’t still embrace its heritage when it comes to roping and riding. Texas has some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the United States, and there’s nothing quite like taking it in from atop a horse as you make your way through a winding Hill Country trail.
Texas Trail Rides is all about offering a bit of backcountry adventure to area city slickers. Located mere minutes from downtown Austin, this is the place to visit if you want to saddle up and ride off into the sunset… with or without the cowboy hat.
Giddy Up and Hit the Trails
Located on Lone Star Ranch (8601 Bluff Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78744), Texas Trail Rides gives visitors the chance to explore 400 open acres of beautiful Hill Country landscape. Rides are led by professional wranglers with years of riding experience who will take both first-timers and seasoned equestrians on either a 45-minute ($95) or a 90-minute ride ($125).
Both afternoon and sunset rides are offered, taking riders through trails that wander through lush forests, meadows, and a beautiful creek that runs right through Lone Star Ranch. Riders must be at least 7 years of age and all safety gear is included.
Now for any cowpokes who want a little more action, the ranch also offers Cow Classes. This is an “interactive, all-inclusive clinic for youth and adults” with intermediate or advanced riding skills who want to learn cattle roping and wrangling techniques.
More Fun Around the Ranch
The fun at Texas Trail Rides doesn’t have to end after the ride is over. The ranch offers a range of other activities for your family or group to enjoy. Visitors can test their primitive weapons skills with both tomahawk throwing and archery, and for the modern marksman, the ranch has a range for shotgun clay shooting.
For visitors looking for even more adventure, there are also guided ATV tours of the ranch as well as bass and fly fishing excursions. And while exploring the ranch on horseback or ATV is guaranteed fun, grabbing a kayak and paddling the ranch’s creeks and streams offers yet another way to experience its beauty.
Camps, Corporate Events, and Weddings
From beginners to barrel racers, Texas Trail Rides is all about helping kids have a blast on horseback. The ranch offers both private riding lessons as well as camps and after-school programs that pair children with experienced instructors and well-seasoned horses and ponies. Children will learn how to care for the horses and build confidence as they build their riding skills.
With its natural beauty and range of activities, it’s no surprise that Lone Star Ranch is a popular destination for corporate outings, weddings, family reunions, and other meetups. Nowhere else can you enjoy an afternoon of armadillo racing followed by a picturesque outdoor rehearsal dinner!
While nothing beats a fun day on the ranch, it’s always comforting to come back to a home you love. If you’re looking for a new home in a wonderful community, reach out to the Caliterra team today.