Paradise Found... Historic Ranch Headquarters

Miles of Trails...

For Horseback Riding, Hiking, Birding, Biking

Beautiful Cabins

Surrounded by Horses

And Nature

English and Western Trail Riding and Instruction

Cattle Sorting and Team Penning Clinics!

A Texas Hill Country Guest Ranch for the Ultimate Horseback Riding Vacation or Nature Vacation.

Ride, hike or bike across 6000 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country!

Paradise found! Located at the historic headquarters of the Britsch family ranch in Bandera County, Texas, and adjoining the 5500 acre Hill Country State Natural Area, Hill Country Equestrian Lodge blends the timeless magic of the authentic ranch life and the unspoiled nature of yester-year, with the comforts of today. Abundant open space surrounds our guests with exquisite views of rugged hills and gentle valleys, dotted with live oaks, yucca, and wildflowers. Miles of trails wind through this unspoiled landscape, shared by white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, cotton-tailed bunnies, and other wildlife. Beautiful pioneer-style cabins, built of limestone and cedar combine the charm of the past with the comforts of the present, welcoming guests home after a vigorous hike or horseback ride, a mountain bike tour, or a quiet birding session.

Our interactive, educational riding program sets our ranch apart from a typical dude ranch. We offer in-depth instruction and trail riding in all Western and English riding disciplines, as well as a thorough tutorial before every trail ride, accommodating all skill levels, from first-time riders, to advanced equestriennes.



Authentic pioneer-style cabins, built of limestone and cedar, echo a simpler time, while providing our guests comfort and sanctuary from the rigors of modern-day life.

Cattle Sorting and Team Penning Clinics!

May 31-June 2, 2024 and
Nov. 8-10, 2024

Experience the excitement and camaraderie of these two popular cattle working sports!


Whole Horsemanship Clinics

Take your horsemanship skill to the next level and strengthen your connection with your horse through this in-depth, 4-day study and practice of effective horsemanship.
Mountain Biking in the Texas Hill Country

Mountain Biking

Hit the trails!  For Road and Mountain Biking fun and adventure in Hill Country State Natural Area!  Enjoy free ride-in, ride-out access to the park and its 40 miles of trails and roads, through our private entrance, just steps from your Private Cabin or Suite!


Summer Horseback Riding Camp

2024 marks our sixteenth year to offer the highest quality riding and horsemanship camps to girls and young women 9 to 18 years of age, June 9-15, June 16-22, and June 23-29. Only 13 campers per session; Daily individualized instruction- Western, English, Jumping, Your horse or ours. Fun trail rides, swimming, crafts, cook-outs, and more!


Our Horses, Our Stars

Meet our horses, the stars that make your guest ranch riding vacation an unforgettable experience.

Experience the Magic

We believe every rider deserves to feel the magic of a true connection with their horse. That’s why our approach to riding is more personalized and educational than other ranches. Learn more about our interactive trail rides and our Western and English lessons and clinics.

Hill Country Birding

Enjoy prime birding opportunities at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, and in adjoining Hill Country State Natural Area.