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Elephant Mountain Ranch

Private Nueces River Ranch 110 miles west of San Antonio Texas

Secluded Nueces River retreat on the edge of the Hill Country


133 Acres4 bedrooms
Sleeps 125 bathrooms

Unique Features

Access to crystal clear river
Large renovated home
Hike, fish and paddle destination
Perfect for extended stays

A self-guided experience

Pre-arranged pickup location for keys, self guided, guests are on their own for meals, landowner representative can be contacted in an emergency.

About the Ranch

The Ranch

Elephant Mountain Ranch is part of the Texas Hill Country River Region. With crystal clear rock bottom river beds like the Frio River in Concan and Leakey, TX this Nueces River ranch offers a secluded, private experience. The ranch is named for a baby elephant that escaped from and was returned to a circus traveling through nearby Montell in the early 20th century. Lipan Apache once roamed the Nueces Canyon, Franciscan monks and the U.S. military set up outposts and Charles Lindbergh made an unplanned stop nearby at the turn of the 20th century.

The Experience

As the sun is rising, step out from the spacious kitchen and living area on to the covered front porch, in the shade of Elephant Mountain. Over the distant hills, the suns rays hit your face and signal the start of a day on your very own ranch. Let the kids ride their bikes along the rolling ranch roads or head down to the river for a swim. Pack your mask and snorkel or a fishing rod and bring along a kayak or stand up paddle board, because the river here can get up to 15 feet deep. Head back to the house for lunch or take short walk to the nearby stream and have a picnic while the kids play in the wast-deep water or chase butterflies. At the end of the day, take a 20-minute hike up to the top of Elephant mountain, check out a few caves along the way, and see for miles up and down the canyon. Enjoy dinner or drinks under the dark skies, knowing that the place is all yours, at least for a few more days.

The Accommodations

The mid-century rock house is laid out perfectly for several families or a large group. Enjoy a spacious and open format living and kitchen area, three bedrooms with private bathrooms, and a game room with bar and ping pong table. The beds and linens are all new and washer, drier and kitchen appliances are all commercial-size for large groups.


From Our

The Land

The water will draw you in and the solitude will wash over you. Explore this pristine jewel on one of Texas most under-appreciated rivers. Swim, hike, fish, paddle and relax.

From The

From The
Ranch Owner

"Elephant Mountain Ranch is perfect for family and friends. Hike to the top of the mountain, picnic by the spring-fed stream, swim and fish in the Nueces River or simply lounge on the porch. It's a magical area that's one of Texas' best-kept secrets."
-Radicke & Light Families

The Lodging

Recently restored rock house nestled between Elephant Mountain, a stream and river. Hosts a maximum of 12 people.
River View
4,700 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
sleeps 12
Recently restored rock house nestled between Elephant Mountain, a stream and river. Hosts a maximum of 12 people.
River View
4,700 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
sleeps 12


Billiards Room
Cable/Satellite TV
Washer & Dryer
Coffee maker
Fully equipped kitchen
Air conditioning
Outdoor Grill
No pets allowed
When you aren't relaxing by the river or picnicking by the stream, hike to the top of Elephant Mountain or just relax on the front porch with unobstructed Hill Country views. After a full day, head back to the house and end the night under the stars and by the fire.
Bird watching
Water sports
Wildlife Viewing

Explore More

Our booking specialists are knowledgeable about the area and can make suggestions about excursions, rentals and supplies. At your request and for an additional fee, they will provide an array of concierge services, such as organizing airport pick-up and drop-off, outfitter guided trips (fly-fishing, rafting, horseback riding), arranging musical entertainment, catering/personal chef services, yoga, massage therapy, and grocery shopping.

Things like:
Mountain Biking

Request to stay at Elephant Mountain Ranch

Private Nueces River Ranch 110 miles west of San Antonio Texas

In order for us to ensure you have the best experience, we take your requested date and party size and confirm with the ranch owner before you finish and pay for your booking. You will not be charged to request to book.



Per Night
3 night minimum
Max number of people: 12
Four night minimum over holidays and Spring Break




Cancellation Policy

100% refund less processing fee if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund less processing fee if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. No refund if you cancel less than 7 days before check-in

Ranch Rules

Keep all gates closed
No firearms - $500 fine
No removal of Indian artifacts
No driving in riverbeds
No driving around at night


20 min drive from Uvalde
2 hour drive from San Antonio
3 hour drive from Austin
4 hours drive from Midland
4.5 hour drive from Houston
6 hour drive from Dallas
Directions provided upon confirmed booking