Activities & Area Attractions

Activities in and around Prude Ranch

  • Cowboy Campfire

  • Challenge Course

  • Paintball

  • Cowboyology

  • Nature Hikes

  • Reptiles

  • Orienteering

  • Horseback Riding

+Ranch Activities

Cowboy Campfire: Our evening campfire is a great way to relax after a long, activity filled, day and get a true feel of rustic west Texas. Campfires are available with or without entertainment. If you would like a local cowboy to sing and tell stories around the fire with your group, please let us know. If your group prefers to just hangout and enjoy the outdoors, a campfire is an excellent choice.

Challenge Course: Get your adrenaline pumping with a walk across our catwalk while your peers cheer you on from over 30 feet below you. We challenge you to make it to the top of our Rock Wall and we can’t wait to watch you try and conquer our Army Wall.

We offer both high and low challenges at our Challenge Course. Trained staff will provide your group with a fun and safe outdoor team building experience. Our challenges encourage groups to think like a team, requiring strategy and communication for a group to be successful. Our Challenge Course is a great way to bring a group together through leadership, encouragement, and teamwork.

Ranch Star Party: Prude Ranch offers a private Star Party on Prude Ranch’s own Star Pad. A local “star-man” will show you just how spectacular our stars are out here in the Davis Mountains.

Paintball: Come test your sharpshooter skills and strategize the best way to take down the opposing team. Prude Ranch provides all the necessary equipment, just bring yourself and be ready to play! Our course is nestled in the mountains, providing its players with bunkers that are both natural and man-made. Hide in the tall grasses next to the creek, or lay low behind the abandoned tractor tires, but don’t forget to keep an eye out for the other team that will stop at nothing to steal your flag!

Horseback Riding: Please see our Horseback Riding page for details. We strongly recommend our rides to all groups because they are fun, and just about anyone can participate. We do offer horsemanship courses; please inquire with our group coordinator for more information and availability.

Access to our Pool, Hiking Trails, and Game Courts.


Cowboyology: A class to give you an inside look of the west Texas Cowboys, everything from their gear to their lifestyle.

Nature Hike: A short hike, guided by an experienced staff member who will educate the group about our wildlife and native plants.

Reptiles: Our local reptile expert will teach the group about the snakes and other reptiles in our area through both classroom and interactive instruction.

Orienteering: Prude Ranch Orienteers learn how to use a magnetic compass, and then head into the great outdoors to find various landmarks around the ranch. Friendly team competition and fun games sharpen these new skills. Basic compasses are provided for each student’s use during the course.

+Off-Ranch Activities

The Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI) – A non-profit organization, features displays of plants, trees, cactus, and wildlife of the Chihuahuan Desert in their natural settings. Moderate hiking with beautiful scenery. Located about 11 miles from the ranch.

McDonald Observatory – An Astronomy facility operated by the University of Texas in Austin is approximately 11 miles from the ranch. The observatory complex is located on Mt. Locke, 6791 feet above sea level. Visitors are welcome with guided tours provided during the day and public star parties held at scheduled times during the week. Reservations required.

Museum of the Big Bend  Located in Alpine, Texas on the campus of Sul Ross State University.  Packed with history and artifacts from the Big Bend Area.  Well worth the 30 minute drive to see the exhibits.

Fort Davis National Historic Site – Only 6 miles from the ranch, it is one of the best surviving examples of an Indian Wars’ frontier military post in the Southwest from 1854 to 1891.  It is a vivid reminder of the significant role played by the military in the settlement and development of the western frontier.

Marfa Lights – No one knows what they are or where they come from or where they go but on clear evenings they can be seen near Marfa just 40 minutes from the ranch.

Balmorhea State Park – The Largest spring-fed swimming pool in the country and beautiful lake for fishing is just 45 minutes from the ranch.

Big Bend National Park – One of the most popular National Parks in the United States.

Rio Grande River Float Trips – Several Outfitters can take you for a day or overnight on a rafting trip down the big river of West Texas.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park – The most spectacular caverns in the world.

Lajitas on the Rio Grande – An oasis on the river with motel, restaurant, museum attractions, and an international golf course.

Guadalupe National Park – A backpacker’s and camera buff’s haven.

  • Balmorhea State Park

  • Big Bend National Park

  • Carlsbad Caverns

  • Fort Davis National Historic Site

  • McDonald Observatory

  • CDRI

+Local Attractions

McDonald Observatory: Star Parties, Observatory Tours, and more! For more information, go to:

CDRI: Located 4 miles SE of Fort Davis on Hwy 118, the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is a nonprofit organization established in December 1973. The 507- acre site is comprised of semi-desert grasslands and igneous rock outcrops. For more information, go to:

Marfa Lights: Believe in the paranormal? Go see the unexplained lights for yourself, and witness the lights that have befuddled scientists for decades. For more information, go to:

Sul Ross University: The home of the Lobos is only about a 30 minute drive from the ranch. For more information, go to:

Big Bend State Park: Hiking, bird watching, canoeing and more! Let us know what you’re interested in doing, we are happy to make arrangements for you.

+Local Restaurants

Hungry? There are hidden gems all over our small town! Be sure to call ahead and make sure the restaurant is open. Hours and days vary, we don’t want you to be disappointed!
Lupitas: Mexican food. Lupita’s offers breakfast burritos, giant pancakes, and daily lunch specials.

Poco Mexico: Best kept secret in Fort Davis. Only open for lunch, enjoy a green chile cheeseburger basket or flat enchiladas with a fried egg on top. Delicious and authentic.

Fort Davis Drug Store: American food in an old fashioned drug store. Milkshakes, homemade fudge, more!

Cueva De Leon: A popular choice for the locals. Cueva serves both lunch and dinner. Saturday night buffet is a is delicious, be sure to grab an apple cinnamon tortilla wrap!

The Bistro: An upscale dinner choice located next to the Hotel Limpia.

Tiny’s Pizza: Takeout only, so be sure to give them a call ahead of time.

Mary Lou’s: Buffet lunch. Catfish Friday’s are a local favorite.

Reata Alpine: Highly recommended for a nice dinner out on the town. It’s definitely worth the drive! We strongly suggest calling ahead (or going online) and making a reservation, this restaurant fills up fast! The Reata has excellent lunch specials too.

Pizza Foundation Marfa: Only open on the weekends, this is easily the best pizza around. We recommend calling ahead to order, they sell out quickly.

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201 Prude Guest Ranch Rd
Fort Davis, TX 79734

Phone: 432-426-3201