scenic Rancho Richey Refuge
Belmont, Texas
Private Group Campground - available by reservation only for your organization

Day Hikes
Wildlife Watching
Campfire Concerts
River Activities

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Guadalupe River Bluff Barn Camping Area Cozy Campfire
An In-Tents Experience Playing at Big Shell Beach Spiderwort in Bloom

Rustic surroundings help you get away from it all. To make your picnics and camp-outs delightfully easy, we provide you firewood, hearth, outdoor shower, flush-toilet outhouse, stools, utensils, cooking equipment, coffee for breakfast, and a supremely good time.You bring food, beverages, cooler, tent, and bedroll. Advance registrants get detailed directions, a more complete list of what to bring, and a handy sheet of helpful hints. With the venerable Bluff Barn pavilion, we can accommodate you rain or shine. Come for just one day or spend the night.

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As you’ve come to expect, any Rancho event offers live campfire music, natural heritage tales, river activities, and guided hikes through the scenic property.


RRR is just an hour away from both Austin and San Antonio (see map and detailed directions), now even more inviting during these busy-busy times. We guarantee you loads of fun! Ask for our free brochure.

Texas’ most uncommon outdoor recreation site, Rancho Richey Refuge is a beautiful and interesting locale on the Guadalupe River 60 miles south of Austin and 60 miles east of San Antonio. The Rancho features varied terrain and easy access. It’s ideal for day hikes, overnight pitching, bird watching, nature study, wildlife photography, canoeing, parties, corporate retreats, reunions, and weddings. Your participation assures our work of ecosystem preservation: a portion of your admission fee goes directly to habitat restoration.

Flash! The Texpert Yurt is now available for use in the campground. This Mongolian-inspired plywood tent sleeps four comfortably on a double bed and two single benches. Please inquire about fees.

West Elevation Bench Light

Arrive by canoe or bike for an additional price break. Call 512/383-TXTX (8989) or e-mail to sign up. More day-long and one-night happenings will be listed here as well, so please bookmark this page.

Such As: 

Summer Solstice (weekend nearest June 21)
Nature Nut Festival (last weekend in October)

Find the thoughts behind these events: read Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael, a favorite novel, summarized on the PlanetKeepers website. Dan’s other works include Providence (an autobiography), The Story of B, and My Ishmael (dedicated to yours truly). See also Ishmael’s Website.

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