Wildcatter Ranch & Resort

 

The Buffalo Room, one of Wildcatter’s 16 cabin suites, which are all named after a local historical event.

 

Spread out over 1,500 acres of the Texas range, Wildcatter Ranch & Resort is 90 minutes northwest of Fort Worth. The resort, which still boasts a real working ranch, is said to have been the site of Native American camps and oil boomtowns. Today, it is a unique vacation spot for your adventure-seeking travelers.

The property has 16 suites, each with a different name and theme to reflect the area’s past (names are based on historical events; think Oil Boom and Elm Creek Raid). The best accommodation to book, however, is the Buffalo Room, Cabin No. 10, which is adorned with handmade furniture and artwork that speaks of Texas’ colorful history, as well as an imposing rock fireplace and vistas of the Brazos River Valley.

The property also has a two-bedroom cottage called The Homestead with an open living and dining room, and full kitchen.

As the name might imply, Wildcatter Ranch offers an array of “cowboy” activities, and special “over-the-top” experiences can be arranged. Resort Manager Jason McAlister (jasonm@wildcatterranch.com) recalls one  occasion when Wildcatter’s head wrangler took a father and his kids out for an overnight private camping excursion. They met at the barn, packed supplies and then rode horseback into a remote location on the ranch atop a cleared bluff. The property’s cowboy chef prepared an authentic Chuckwagon dinner. McAlister added that the guests loved participating in the process and the next morning they headed out on the trails for a sunrise horse ride. That afternoon, the guests returned to their suite. After lunch and a nap, the father spent the rest of day at the spa while the activities staff entertained the kids with canoeing, swimming, archery and feeding the Texas longhorns. The property also has skeet shooting.

Along with Chuckwagon dinners, guests can also take in a meal at Wildcatter Steakhouse, where the signature dish is the Texas Porterhouse Steak. The Blowout Saloon is the perfect place for a glass of wine or mezcal and some live entertainment.

The Sage Spa offers a full range of treatments, the most popular being the Brazos Stone Massage. Brent Casteel is the most popular masseur.

The resort is busiest in the summer. General Manager Anne Skipper (anne@wildcat terranch.com; 940-549-3500, ext. 108) can be contacted directly. To ensure availability, book two months in advance.