535 Independence Creek Road | Dryden, Texas | 78851
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Now Open | 2016
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All-Inclusive Adventures

All-inclusive Adventures

We’re a package deal – weekends include access to our adventure amenities and five, country-style meals prepared by our on-site cooks.

Newly Renovated Cabins

Newly Renovated Cabins

Three meticulously restored cabins interlace rustic style with modern luxury. Each provides the comforts of home and inspiration of Texas’ natural surroundings.

On-site Country Cooks | Chandler Ranch

Meals by Country Cooks

Enjoy a no-fuss weekend as our cooks whip up a country-style feast. Spreads are equal parts southern flavors and modern desires.

A Little About Us

“The new wild is where people and nature thrive together.”

These eloquent words perfectly express the Chandler family’s philosophy of the ranch. The vision of making our home a place for guests to enjoy natural beauty and, at the same time, taking care of that beauty was always behind the creation of the guest ranch business.

Quote from a Nature Conservancy of Texas publication. Click here to learn more about the history of Chandler Ranch.

Event & Group Access

The Chandler Ranch is available to host your next special event or celebration. We welcome all types of occasions including, corporate retreats, weddings, family reunions or club gatherings.

Give your company, organization or family a weekend they’ll never forget with exclusive, private access to the ranch. Groups of 6 to 14 can rent all three cabins for the weekend. Book in advance.

Please call for more information on events or private rentals.

All-inclusive Adventures

Game Room

The original Game Room was built in 1953 and remains the oldest building on the ranch. We’ve revamped the room with everyone’s favorite games. Test your pool shark skills on the billiard table or score high in a Ping-Pong or foosball tournament.

The Game Room also includes a small kitchen with new appliances (refrigerator, cooking stove, and kitchen-sink) and ample counter space for a quick snack. This is a great place for your family to gather for meals as it includes seating for approximately 16 people. Be sure to take a breather from time to time, come out of the Texas heat, and enjoy a tall glass of icy cold tea.


We have four ponds and the Pecos River for fishing. The ponds are walking distance from the cabins (approx. .25 to .5 of a mile). We’ve stocked the ponds with catfish and bass. The Pecos River is known to have fish around 25 lbs.

Bring your own fishing gear. Fishing is available all day. No fishing allowed in the Independence Creek. Little ones under the age of 14 are required to be with a guardian at all times. We recommend sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat as well as closed-toed or water shoes.

Important information regarding fishing licenses:

A fishing license is not required to fish in the ranch’s ponds. You will need a license to fish in the Pecos River. This is required even if you plan to catch and release. If you are 16 or younger or born before 1931, you are not required to have a license.

Swimming in the Pool & Independence Creek

We’ve refurbished the original 1940’s spring-fed swimming pool for our guests to enjoy a dip in the refreshing water. The Independence Creek flows near the swimming pool, and guests are welcome to enjoy it, too. It’s a good idea to bring water shoes for the creek; the bottom is a bit rough.

Please note there is no lifeguard on duty. An adult must be present while children are swimming.


Hiking the picturesque hills provides a good workout and a panoramic view of the Pecos River Valley. Wear a hat and sturdy shoes and don’t forget sunscreen and a jug of water. Watch where you step and don’t put your hands under ledges or rocks – you are in rattlesnake territory!

Stay safe and always hike in groups.

Kayaking & Canoeing

Kayak or canoe the scenic Pecos River to experience the natural beauty of our region from a different vantage point. Four two-person kayaks and two three-person canoes are available to check out during the day. Life vests must be worn at all times. An adult must be present with children.


Kids, grab a pop-up tent, flashlight, and sleeping bag! We want every child to witness the spectacular night sky. Sleeping under the stars is truly an amazing experience. Kids are welcome to sleep in a small tent outside your cabin. Please bring your own camping gear.

Bird & Animal Watching

Engage in bird and animal watching almost year round at the Chandler Ranch. A nature conservancy confirmed 152 species of birds migrate to this area of Texas throughout the year, and the summer months are very popular. Take time to trek the ranch’s adjoining trails for deer spotting or watch wild animals such as foxes, bobcats, and mountain lions. Ask the ranch manager for binoculars before you go.

Safety for you and the animals is our top priority. Always stay a safe distance from and never engage the animals.


Take the constellations challenge and learn astronomy while visiting the Chandler Ranch. We’re lucky to have zero city light pollution, and the stars light up the sky like small fireworks.

Did you know the Big Dipper is only a part of a larger constellation, Ursa Major, the Great Bear? Kids get a kick out of learning fun fact about the stars. They also enjoy playing a game of “connect the dots” making up their own constellations. After all, that’s what ancient sky watchers did long ago and those are the constellations we see today.

A telescope is available for guests during the evening. Photographers should bring their tripod and camera to shoot the amazing night sky, too.

Touring with "Mules"

No, we’re not talking about the four-legged mules similar to a donkey.

We have two motorized mule 4WD utility vehicles that are comparable to a large golf cart. They’re available to the guests for a quick tour round the ranch. Each mule seats eight people and drives approximately 15 mph.

Children are required to wear seat belts and helmets. An adult must be present at all times.

Local Activities

Fort Lancaster | Sheffield, TX

~40 minutes, 33 miles


Judge Roy Bean Museum | Langtry, TX

~1.5 hours, 80 miles


Caverns of Sonora | Sonora, TX

~2 hours, 114 miles


Rattlesnake Bomber Base Museum | Monahans, TX

~2 hours, 131 miles


Big Bend National Park | Alpine, TX

~2.5 hours, 145 miles


McDonald Observatory | McDonald Obs., TX

~2.5 hours, 144 miles


Roy Orbison Museum | Wink, TX

~2.5 hours, 154 miles

TexasPecosTrail.com /plan-your-adventure/historic-sites-and-cities/sites/roy-orbison-museum

Balmorhea State Park | Balmorhea, TX

~2.5 hours, 150 miles


Ft. Davis National Historic Site | Fort Davis, TX

~3 hours, 168 miles


Guadalupe Mountains National Park | Dell City, TX

~4.5 hours, 274 miles

Includes McKittrick Canyon, a scenic canyon within the Guadalupe Mountains, and Guadalupe Peak, the highest natural point in Texas.


In The News

Swoon Memorial, October 2018

Texas Highways, August 2018

Hedwig Village Living, July 2018

Absolutely Memorial, July 2018

The Fort Stockton Pioneer, March 2016

Cenizo Journal, 3Q 2016

Austin American-Statesman, July 2018

The Austin Chronicle, September 2018

What Our Guests Are Saying