More than a Ranch
It's an Experience
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Valdina Ranch | PO Box 444, Hondo TX 78861| 210-415-7171
Experience Valdina Ranch
Oilman E.F. Woodward originally started Valdina Farms back in the early 1930's as a thoroughbred horse farm and it encompassed over 18,000 acres. The land was located in both Uvalde and Medina counties, combined to create the name Valdina. During this time, it is said that more horses were sent to the Kentucky Derby than any other farm. In 1942, the Valdina Orphan ran 3rd in the Kentucky Derby. In 1944, after a tragic accident, the estate was left to his young grandson and the horses were sold off, ending a short but lucrative time in its history.
Built by hand, out of solid concrete and brick, most of the buildings are still intact, including the Foreman's house (complete with an underground "speakeasy"), ranch office, the horse track, and multiple horse barns. Each building has the year it was built in tile near the pitch of the roof.
In the 1950's, the University of Texas sent a team to investigate the caves on the property. They had to climb 165 feet down before touching the bottom and swim between cave rooms. After many days of searching, they never found the end of the caves. During that research, they discovered a blind, transparent salamander never seen before, later named the Valdina Salamander.
The land sits over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. There are many sinkholes on the property, including the Valdina Farms sinkhole that feeds directly into the Aquifer. The Seco Creek runs through part of the property and, while usually pretty dry, can be used to gauge flooding for the nearby town of D'Hanis during heavy rains. Over 30 dames have been built, but none would hold water due to the limestone.
The "All New" 21st Century Valdina Ranch has so much to offer!
VALDINA RANCH - TODAY
At Valdina Ranch, every event is uniquely designed around the experience you are looking for. Our friendly and professional staff will work with you to build and coordinate an event tailored for you, your clients, and your guests. A covered pavilion overlooking the property is the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy what Texas is all about; Majestic views, big Texas skies, and breathtaking sunsets.
Valdina Ranch Experiences are tailored around group events. Our base all-inclusive package includes lodging, meals & beverages, and on-site amenities. Valdina Ranch Lodge rooms are spacious with two or three queen size beds in every room. We have 40 lodge rooms starting September 2017.
THE ORIGINAL HORSE BARN HAS BEEN RENOVATED
INTO A UNIQUE ONE-OF-A-KIND LODGE
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