Many of our summer guests (May 31st to August 16th, 2020) choose to stay a week (Sunday to Sunday), so we have a prearranged weekly schedule (see below). Before May 31st and after August 16th, choose your days and enjoy Cowboy Breakfast cooked on the open range, horseback riding, hayrides, roping, fishing, hiking through the cedar hills, fossil finding, birdwatching, treks to the dinosaur tracks with Jurassic Judy, peacock feather hunting, dance lessons, swimming in our Texas-sized pool (not heated), ping-pong, tennis, basketball, volleyball, BBQ cook-outs, Mexican fiestas, bonfire/marshmallow roasts, and music.
The Mayan Ranch has a strict "NO PET" policy
Sunday: Shed those city duds and head on down to the Mayan pavilion. Tonight, we’re putting on our best bib and tucker (in cowboy talk, that’s western clothes) and beginning our evening with an introductory horse lesson with the “Ryan-stone” Cowboy, a wildlife hayride, and a photo op with “Redneck” the longhorn steer. Menu will be beef and pork fajitas and BBQ chicken. Country singer Dave Kemp will pic and grin, and Kowgirl Kel will close the evening with her legendary western bingo and prize table.
Monday: Bandera County is renowned for being the Cowboy Capital of the World, the home of seven world champion cowboys; and the home of the Mayan Ranch, which is the #1 spot in Texas for dudes to celebrate cowboy traditions. Join us as we celebrate the “Dude Boom” in food and song with head-chef Shawna dishing out the best of the west for your dining pleasure. Entertainment before supper begins with World-Champion Trick Roper, Kevin Fitzpatrick. All children 12 yrs. & under will dine at the pavilion with Mayan staff as we make no exceptions for any child in the dining room on this one evening of the entire week. Children under 6 years must have a parent present or arrange for a sitter on this evening. Following supper, join our own Texas Wrangler, Walker Hicks, in the saloon for some Mayan Karaoke.
Tuesday: “Mayan Carnival Night” will be held at Hicksville - a beautiful area set in the midst of towering pecan trees that was once a real Indian campground. Carnival games and a scrumptious and plentiful menu of carnival favorites, such as sausage-on-a stick, corn on the cob, beef kabobs, and fried shrimp, blend with the beautiful scenery to imprint this evening as being truly something to remember. If you’re not too tuckered out after supper, there will be a wildlife hayride and live entertainment in the saloon featuring musician Bob Stewart with his dance music, sing-a-long music, and just plain ole’ listenin’ music.
Wednesday: If there’s one thing we have plenty of that’s talented wranglers and talented guests. Before supper, we have our highly requested Guest Talent Show, followed by our family-friendly cowboy games with the Mayan wranglers in the lead. Supper will be Tex-Ritter Turkey, Indian Tacos, and Mustang Mary’s legendary catfish. To close the evening, cowboy games geared for the children in the dining room and live entertainment in the saloon for adults & teens featuring young musical gunslinger, Whiskey Wade.
Thursday: Did you know that enchiladas date back to Mayan times - must be why we have the very best Mexican cuisine in Southwest Texas. Our “Fiesta a la Mayan” begins with Las Senoras, Shea and Keri Kay’s “La Hora Feliz” for 21 yrs. & up, followed by bullwhip lessons and a children’s pinata bust. Senor Ricochet the D-Jay will provide the Mariachi Music as we enjoy the whole enchilada! Following supper, a wildlife hayride and “Star-Gazing” with astronomer Eddie who will show and explain the star clusters and nebulas of the night sky.
Friday: To a Texas cowhand, mealtime is an extremely important event – it’s got to be good and it’s got to be a lot! At the Mayan, we have expanded that western tradition with our brand of BBQ excellence – brisket, ribs, and sausage. Out of the pages of the old western cookbooks, we add cowboy pinto and green beans, potato salad, coleslaw, Shawna’s special vegetarian dish, homemade bread, and all the yummy trimmings. Before supper, there’s Cowboy Olympics for all ages. After supper, put on your dancing shoes and dance the evening away with the music of Ricochet the D-Jay. The Mayan Cowboys & Cowgirls will help you “Put Your Little Foot” in the right place!
Saturday: It’s the “Tops of the Pops” tonight. The climax to a week of fun will begin with a wildlife hayride and a western photo op with Redneck the steer. Supper will be our #1 meal with our #1 guests – Steaks with all the trimmings and country music by Bob Stewart. After supper, the “Mighty Mayan Players” will showcase their talent. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself part of the fun – It’s YOUR HIT PARADE!
Sunday: A Texas-sized, last Round-Up brunch will be served from 7:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. featuring a variety of breads, fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage, and plenty of head-chef Shawna’s specialties. Official check-out on Sunday is 11:00 a.m.
Special reminders: The Mayan Ranch is not equipped or staffed to make special dietary meals; please plan accordingly. Regardless of the time of the year, we have a two-night minimum. From May 31st to August 16th, 2020, there are no horse rides, Cowboy Breakfast, or lunch available on Sundays. During this time, there is also no Monday or Saturday arrivals or departures.
Horse rides: All our rides are strictly single-file at a walk with a guide - no exceptions. The Texas Bureau of Veterinary Public Health (Rules 169.81 - 169.89, 169.83) states that no horse may carry more than 20% of its own weight. Our biggest horses weigh in at about 1220 lbs. meaning they can’t carry over 240-244 lbs. Rider age: minimum 6 years.