Annual Groups
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Annual Groups

Prude Ranch is the perfect place to host your next event! We host Church and Work Retreats, School Groups, Family Reunions, Business Meetings, Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings, and much more. Prude Ranch proudly offers numerous activities, a variety of lodging options, and delicious buffet style meals, all tailored to fit your group’s needs. Our list of annual groups is listed below.


Founders David Clark, George Ellis, and Don Garland organized the TSP on Prude Ranch in 1982. The TSP is held each year in late April or May. Astronomy clubs from the Southwest Region of the Astronomical League (SWRAL) and individual volunteers help operate the annual astronomy convention. TSP annual population has grown from 535 attendees in 1982 to more than 800 attendees in 1994.

The 31st Annual Texas Star Party will be hosted on the magnificent Prude Ranch, a 3500 acre mile-high ranch located six miles northwest of Fort Davis on Highway 118, twelve miles on the same road from McDonald Observatory. The Texas Star Party is now operated by Texas Star Party, Inc.  a non-profit corporation.

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The Davis Mountains Fitness & Training Camp is designed for adults who have a desire to participate in physical activity and experience new challenges. Whether you are wanting to start a new fitness regimen or you are seeking a program to enhance your training, Camp will provide you with various choices and an experienced staff to meet your goals.

Camp also provides opportunities to relax on your cabin porch, establish long-lasting friendships and escape from the stresses of your daily life. Camp is as serious as you make it, but always fun.


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Cyclefest is arguably the best and most scenic Bike Tour in the state of Texas with beautiful vistas , easy novice routes and challenging hills. Cyclefest is a “must do” for every cyclist.

The annual Cyclefest Bike Tour and Hill Climb is held in the scenic “Texas Alps” of West Texas in Fort Davis, Texas. The Tour provides varying distance routes from  27, 55 and 76 miles.

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Last years course was approximately 5 miles. This distance included over 500 feet in elevation gain through steep rocky terrain. There were 7 stations including a handgun station and a shotgun station with a provided Remington 870. This course will be modified and stations changed around to provide a new and varied challenge for competitors. Participants should still expect a course length close to 5 miles.

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Ranch Owners, Bill and Minnie Caruth round up their friends and show them West Texas including a trip to the Haley Library and then on out to Historic Prude Ranch.


Prude Ranch has been welcoming school groups into our Outdoor Education Program for over 30 years. So thankful to those long time teachers and sponsors that keep pushing and finding ways to let their kids experience what Prude Ranch and this area has to offer.