Saddle up for spring break at George Ranch

Time Travelers of all ages are invited to step into the past as we kick up some dust this Spring Break at George Ranch Historical Park during the Trails Through Time Celebration, March 9 & 12-16. Daily activities and demonstrations will have the whole family roped-in and feeling like frontier explorers as they discover 100 years of trails.

The 1860’s were considered the golden age of the cattle drive. At 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., guests will be put to the test in the Trail Boss Trials to see if they can get their cowboys and cattle to the market in one piece through this hands-on, mock cattle drive experience.

“The Trail Boss Trials are one of the favorite activities for the kids. They get to take turns pretending to be the cowboys or the cows and we throw all kinds of challenges their way to see if they can think on their feet and make it to market”, said Krystal Willeby, Director of Programs at George Ranch Historical Park.

At 12:30 p.m. Chef Nick Castelberg, better known on the ranch as “Cookie”, will rustle up some grub at the Chuckwagon Lunch. Advance reservations for authentic cattle drive cuisine are highly encouraged. Call (281) 343-2018 for $12.50 meal tickets.

The invention of barbed wire and the expansion of the railroad ended the cattle drives and gave rise to a new era of ranching. At 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. in the blacksmith shop, guests will learn about how the railroad was built. And, at 2 p.m. each day, the cowboys will demonstrate the changes in the cattle industry as they bring in the Longhorns and load them up in the 1890s Railcar Roundup presentation.

The 1930s Cattle Demonstration at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. will teach about further changes in the cattle business over time and how the show cattle industry evolved.

In addition to live demonstrations, there will be a ton of fun activities happening all day throughout the park, including: Trail Survival – Foraging 101, Home and Hearth Quilting, daily scavenger hunts, historic games, tack maintenance, open-air cooking, and a 1919 Model T display.

Mom and Dad as well as Grandma and Grandpa are going to be just as entertained as the little buckaroos.

“Our guests are going to have a blast whether they’re playing historic games, watching a demonstration or listening to story tellers’ accounts of the lives of various characters throughout the history of Texas. Because we have such a variety of activities paired with knowledgeable tour guides there really is something for everyone during spring break at the ranch,” said Willeby.

Guests will have the opportunity to see the trails of history come alive before their eyes for a very limited time. For additional information, please call (281) 343-0218 or email us at

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