This authentic Texas dude ranch is home to Quarter Horses, American bison, abundant wildlife and one of the country's largest registered Texas Longhorn herds. As such, Texas Ranch Life encompasses Ranching First – immerse yourself in western cowboy culture as you observe the ranch’s resident cowboys ride and train the horses, feed the livestock, treat the animals for injuries and disease, and manage the working ranch operation.
Enjoy unparalleled views of Texas ranch country, with open-range horseback riding over the ranch’s 20 miles of rolling hills and vistas. Beautiful native pecan bottoms, live springs, limestone outcrops and tall prairie grasses make horseback riding over the ranch a favourite activity of guests. With horses available for beginners to accomplished riders alike, you’ll be matched with a suitable horse on which to explore the ranch or improve your skills in the covered arena. Want to bring your own horse? Texas Ranch Life can accommodate, offering paddocks available for rent.
When you’re not horseback riding, try your hand at fishing in one of the 15 fully stocked lakes, hunt for dove, quail, coyote and raccoon, or explore thousands of acres on trails by bike or ATV.
Texas Ranch Life has a history dating back to the 1850s, reflected in the luxury accommodations – choose from eight authentically restored and luxuriously appointed historic Texas homes dating back to this era.
Children at the Ranch
Great for children aged 8 and over
Children of all ages will enjoy spending time here with their parents. With the ranch gardens, the fishing, exploring, hay rides, horseback riding and all the ranch has to offer, children enjoy this ranch experience.
Children especially love the kids corral. Let your kids experience Texas first hand in our kids' corral. Open weekends on advance reservation, parents can bring their kids down to the tack room at the Headquarters Barn to rummage in our trunks of western gear, try on their best cowboy or Indian disguise, learn about the habitat of the ranch, Texas cowboy ranchin' history and take home an educational Texas Ranch Life kids activities book.
Parents can play billards in the tack room, hang out in the barn alley or work in the business center while their kids enjoy the 'corral'.
All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult and supervised during their visit. Parents are responsible for their kids safety at all times. Texas Ranch Life representatives may be on hand to meet your kids and answer questions, but their presence is not guaranteed as there may be ranch business or cattle and horses that need tending during this time.
Environmental & Social Practices
Texas Ranch Life, and John and Taunia Elick, have been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior for their efforts in wildlife preservation and habitat creation. We practise responsible game management in all of our hunting efforts, and follow the Texas Parks and Wildlife guidelines and recommendations for our area of central Texas.
The baby turkeys were hatched in our incubators this spring, and will be released into the wild with adult turkeys to learn how to survive and assimilate into the wild.
At Texas Ranch Life we recycle in all our facilities and offer our guests the opportunity to do the same, so that we can have the smallest impact possible on our environment. Our ranch was founded on the principle of recycling - eight of our houses were saved from demolition when Taunia moved them to the ranch and restored them. At Texas Ranch Life we value responsible living and the preservation of Texas history.
The livestock at Texas Ranch Life enjoy the most humane way of life which, for them, is the natural way of life that exists in wild.
The Lonesome Pine Ranch was originally settled by two of Stephen F Austin's "old 300" families, Joel Leakey and James Stevenson who, back in the early 1830s, had their pick of the best spots in Texas. The descendants of these two settlers are still in the area today.
In January 1821, Austin's father, Moses Austin, received a permit from the Spanish to settle 300 families in Texas, however he died in Missouri a short time later before he could realize his plans.
Early in life, John's father, Jerry Elick, instilled in him an appreciation for the land, which he learned from his father, a Czech immigrant in the 1800s, who also believed in hard work and dedication. Together John and Taunia have continued that legacy at Texas Ranch Life, using their land to preserve a working piece of Texas history and their family's history, while restoring the land to its natural glory.