|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This sprawling, historic ranch includes 15 beautiful riverfront acres where Cowboys and Indians once roamed. This is your chance to have a private ranch on the river for your summer vacation!
Located just 12 minutes from Concan, Rockin River Ranch has 6 unique places to stay: a historic lodge, a river house, 2 creekside cabins and 2 big bunkhouses. All have views of either the seasonal flowing Dry Frio River, a spring fed creek, mountains or fields.
There are two Indian mounds by the creek bed where everyone can search for arrowheads. There's also a concrete dam that provides the ranch with a year round flow of fresh water.
The private, electric gated ranch centers around the Historic Lodge made from logs, two bunkhouses called Cowboys & Indians, a river house called Rio Vista (River View) house and two charming creekside cabins called Lone Star and Gone Fishin. Each are steps from the river or creek.
As you enter through the ranch gates, you're immediately taken by the line of sight where the skyline meets the mountain top and then dips down below to the grassy meadow.
After a short, lazy, meandering drive you'll first see the crown jewel of ranch, the Historic Lodge. Before we go there, lets first mossy over to the Corral and lets talk about what you'll find there.
At the center of the ranch is a huge, covered pavilion that functions as an outdoor kitchen with stove, refrigerator and oven for cooking. There's also an extra bathroom. The corral is the perfect place for large scale, al fresco, family dining.
There is a concrete floor, fans and vaulted ceiling. There's lots of picnic tables for the entire family to sit down and eat. Everyone can line up at the window counter to get their chow and you can shut them when the Chef say's the kitchens closed. There's also two big charcoal smokers for the grill master.
Outdoor entertainment includes a fenced swimming pool with zero gravity lounge chairs & huge umbrella, volleyball court, 2 horseshoe pits, washers, massive sized fire pit, tetherball and lots of tree swings under trees around the estate. Old fashion fun includes taking a walk down to the river, climbing a tree or just watch the night sky turn purple as the sun sets. The ranch is an outstanding place to play Hide & Seek!
For those seeking more relaxed activities, drink a cup of coffee watching the sunrise from the huge decks overlooking the river. Watch the deer bed down in the meadow or eat from an old deer feeder hanging from a tree down by the rivers edge. Watch for wildlife such as fox squirrels, raccoons, turkeys and dove.
The entire estate is encompassed by old, hand built river rock walls, pathways and river bulkhead. Careful! The driveway entrance is lined with short rock walls.
Rock pathways lead from the parking area to the houses, while even more rock pathways lead from the houses down to the rivers edge, including steps that lead directly into the water!
Below the Historic Lodge you'll find a large, concrete riverside landing for you to sunbath on zero gravity lounge chairs or soak up the scenery quietly sitting by the river. Beautiful serpentine rock walls wind along the lawn above the river for majestic views of the historic lodge.
The time and effort taken building all the rock structures on the ranch was a massive undertaking. Just wait until you see the riverside bulkhead made from the ranch's river rock that runs the entire length of the rivers edge . It's a sight to behold!
There are huge, ancient oak trees scattered across the ranch that provide relief from the sun, while the old, weathered cedar and rock pillar fencing look straight out of a western movie. There are unlimited places to take great family photos!
Natural springs feed directly into the creek, which runs into the Dry Frio River. Both sides of the creek have rock walls from the dam down to the river. There's also a rock pathway with steps leading down from the cabins to the creek and the concrete dam. There's a big cave down river high up on the cliff and further down is a swimming hole, just mind your manners by staying in the river. Rockin River Ranch is large enough to let the kids roam and never get bored.
The Historic Lodge
The crown jewell of the ranch is the Historic Lodge, built overlooking the river. The Lodge has 2 exceptionally large, long covered porches with rocking chairs and porch swings to take in the views and really relax. The front porch looks out toward the pool and peaceful meadows, while the back porch overlooks the beautiful river.
Made from logs, step past the original, historic smoker and dinner bell that sits proudly on the back porch to let the family know it's time to come in from the river. Once inside you'll find vaulted ceilings, wood floors, wood stove and plenty of windows overlooking the river and meadow.
The huge living room and dining room are seeped in a design of early Texas, with deer, moose and big game on the walls. The living room has a comfy overstuffed leather sofa and chairs that beg you to stay a while.
Although the Lodge style is ranch/western, with animal heads on the walls, details such as the antique branding irons and cast iron pot to hold firewood is subtle and fitting. Everything is big and roomy!
A very special feature is the custom, 8' tall front doors from Mexico that allow you to open little screened windows built into the door, without actually opening the door. There's also a glass exterior door that allows you to see the views without sacrificing the cold air inside.
There is a tv with cable for music, while the main attraction is the stunning views of the river. The superb privacy and riverside location makes the Lodge a standout that will not disappoint!
The master bedroom has a king size bed and has a private bath, with wood floors and vaulted ceiling. The sheer size of the bed demands your attention. Don't miss the special character and charm of the bedroom, with 2 sets of wooden steps to enter the bed.
Bedroom 2 has a Full bed and oh-so-pretty meadow view, while a built in sink allows you to wash up bedside. The floors are wood, the ceilings are vaulted and oozes rustic charm. Lots of windows let in the light and the room has an open spacious layout.
This room has a Full bed and awesome views of the river. The decor is country chic, wood floors and vaulted ceilings. The windows wrap around two walls to really make the river the centerpiece of the rooms decor.
The kitchen is just the right size, with everything handy to cook, while the dining room has a sturdy dining room table and chairs for 6 to sit down and dine. There's also a built in bar for cocktails, chess board and interesting memorabilia.
Rio Vista is River View in Spanish and the river views are spectacular! This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath river house with cowboy chic furnishings and mucho charm galore! There are French doors and another single door that leads out to a massive deck overlooking 180 degree river views, with plenty of riverside seating.
Inside are wood floors, leather sofas and chairs. The living room looks out over the river as well as two of the bedrooms. The kitchen is large, well designed and country cute, while the dining room table has both chairs and a bench. The bathroom is located beside both the bedrooms and is modest, clean and attractive.
There's also a separate utility room with washer & dryer off the back door to drop all your wet river suits & towels.
The very large master has wood floors, western chic furnishings and king size bed, with private spacious master bath. A king size bed dominates the large room with windows for light, but the decor is super relaxed. The private master bathroom is Texas-sized, with makeup seating, soaking tub, shower, separate toilet and plenty of space to get dressed.
The 2nd & 3rd bedrooms have wood floors, high ceilings and windows overlooking the view.
French doors lead out to a large deck overlooking the river, where a rock pathway leads from Rio Vista to the rivers edge. There is also a covered front porch that's perfect for morning coffee. Overall, Rio Vista is very relaxed, casual and a super comfortable river home.
Cowboys Bunkhouse & Indians Bunkhouses
There are actually 2 bunkhouses side by side, but separate, in the same overall building. The layout is identical for both Indians & Cowboys, with a huge main bedroom that features (5) sturdy twin bunkbeds.
Each bunkhouse has a huge camp style bathroom that includes 2 showers, 2 toilets and 2 sink basins. Floors are stained concrete, walls have western decor and rooms are very spacious. Both Indians and Cowboys are wheel chair accessible.
Lone Star and Gone Fishin Cabins
These 2 adorable cabins are separate, but located next to each other, side by side. Both Lone Star and Gone Fishin overlook the creekside and distant hills. Each cabin has a living room, kitchenette, dining table, 2 bedrooms and 1 bath.
Lone Star's decor is cowboy chic, while Gone Fishin is rustic fish camp style. Everyone will immediately feel comfortable and relaxed while each cabin has a covered, private deck and outdoor deck seating.
Although the river runs strong during the winter, it runs low during the summer. Fortunately the pool will cool everyone off or float the Frio River. Sit on any of the 5 decks all overlooking the river and just listen to the sounds of nature.
Rockin River Ranch is not only a great summertime vacation spot, but perfect for year round family reunions, corporate retreats or a special wedding venue. This is the kind of family retreat everyone wants but are hard to find. Rockin River Ranch is an exceptional destination choice for those seeking an extraordinary vacation!
"Our family reunion was wonderful and the ranch turned out to be an excellent location for us to gather. We had separate buildings and plenty of bathrooms to accommodate our large group. The kitchen in the pavilion was perfect for preparing our meals- two refrigerators, small appliances and a couple of coffee pots, too. Lots of outdoor grills are also located throughout the property. Our only difficulty was the property is not wheelchair or ADA accessible due to stone and rock pathways, tiny showers and beds high off the floor. Walkers and wheelchairs are not compatible with this location. Bring a couple of fans for the pavilion if you're there in the summer and towels and sheets if you don't want to pay the fee. Owners and staff were accommodating and available. Neat place and well worth the effort to get there."
"We had a great time. Lots of room and great location. If I had to change anything it would be to have more rooms with full size beds as opposed to the bunk beds in the cabins."