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Hudspeth River Ranch



In Val Verde county near Comstock, TX


Guided and All-Inclusive Private Ranch Experience on the Headwaters of the Devils River



Overview

15,000 Acres9 bedrooms
Sleeps 104 bathrooms

Unique Features

7 miles of private water
All-inclusive retreat
Miles of off-road trails
Vibrant desert oasis

A Hosted Experience

Guests are greeted by landowner or landowner representative, cooked for, guided and are attended to throughout stay.
Your Host

Alice Ball Strunk

Owner

Alice Ball Strunk is a fourth-generation owner and operator of the Hudspeth River Ranch. She is a respected rancher, conservation advocate, and successful retired attorney. She and her family welcome the opportunity to share this historic ranch on the emerald green headwaters of the Devils River.

About the Ranch

The Experience

For thousands of years, people have been drawn to the shade and cool waters of the Devils River. In just a few days at Hudspeth, guests can paddle and swim from pool to pool, stopping for a picnic on the shaded bank. If your stay is timed just right, catch a glimpse of bright orange fall colors from more than just the changing leaves, as thousands of Monarch butterflies stop along their migration route from Canada to central Mexico.

Hike to one of several mountain peaks and search for bald and golden eagles above or white-tailed deer, quail, turkey, javelina and aoudad sheep in the canyons below. Mountain bike the 10-mile loop through Cedar Canyon, cool off at one of the shallow river crossings, site in your firearm at the shooting range and end the day with a home-cooked meal at the ranch headquarters.

The Devils River Region

The limestone mountains lined with Spanish Dagger and barrel cactus provide context for the river's uninviting name. Large stands of pecan, sycamore and live oak trees line the riverbed and hide blue lagoons and spring-fed pools that constitute the headwaters of the most pure and undisturbed stretch of water in Texas.

Three ecological regions meet at the ranch, making it biologically diverse: Chihuahuan, Edwards Plateau and Ta­maul­ipan. The natural area provides habitat for plants, fish and wildlife native to this area, including a rare salamander and several protected fish species.

Rich in History

The ranch was purchased in 1905 by Alice Strunk's great-grandfather Claude B. Hudspeth, known as the “cowboy congressman,” first a state representative and senator and then serving in the U.S. Congress, 1919-1931.

Nearly 14,000 years prior to Hudpseth's arrival, seas of grass attracted prehistoric bison and, in turn, their human pursuers. Cave paintings and bedrock mortar holes on the ranch and nearby sites remain as a record of ancient lives and beliefs. After the first human inhabitants vanished, native american tribes inhabited the region and in the mid-1800s the U.S. military established the Texas-California route through present-day Hudspeth Ranch.

Today, the Hudspeth River Ranch's fourth and fifth generation raise cattle, sheep and goats and continue to keep the source of the Devils River flowing.


From
Our
Guests

From Our
Guests

The Land

Escape to the most pristine river in Texas, relax in turquoise-colored natural pools or explore the solitude of the rugged mountains and canyons by bike, foot or in the comfort of your own vehicle.

From The
Ranch
Owner

From The
Ranch Owner

"The Devils River and surrounding landscape will only remain wild and pristine if more than just my family fall in love and care about this magical place."
-Alice Ball Strunk

The Lodging

The ranch headquarters rests among a mature stand of live oaks. Charming, wood-floored ranch houses overlook a pool, jacuzzi and nearby stream.
Long House
1,500 sq. ft.
5 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 6
Creek View House
1,200 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 4
The ranch headquarters rests among a mature stand of live oaks. Charming, wood-floored ranch houses overlook a pool, jacuzzi and nearby stream.
Long House
1,500 sq. ft.
5 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 6
Creek View House
1,200 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 4

amenities

Wifi
Cable/Satellite TV
Washer & Dryer
Fireplace
Coffee maker
Pool
Hot tub
Linens
Towels
Fully equipped kitchen
Air conditioning
Outdoor grilling
Kid-Friendly
Non-Smoking
No pets allowed

Activities

Biking
Bird watching
Hiking
Paddling
Stargazing
Swimming
Trail running
Water sports
Wildlife watching

Equipment Available

Kayaks/Canoes - 10

Explore More

As part of your journey, we would love to help you find additional activities and services to book while on the ranch. We will reach out to you when you request to book to find your specific needs.

Things like:
Kayaking
Mountain Biking
Catering
More

Request to stay at Hudspeth River Ranch

In Val Verde County near Comstock

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.

512-910-8777
info@exploreranches.com

$6,400

Per Night
3 night minimum
Max number of people: 10
MEALS, GUIDE AND KAYAKS INCLUDED
Arrival
 
Departure

Adults

Kids

512-910-8777
info@exploreranches.com

Cancellation Policy

50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

Access

15 minutes from 6,000' paved private runway
1 hour drive from Del Rio International Airport
4 hour drive from San Antonio International Airport
4.5 hour drive from Austin International Airport
30 minutes north of Comstock

Ranch Rules

Inquire about groups larger than 10
Life vests required while paddling
One river shuttle included per day
5% refundable damage deposit included in service fee