Hiking Project Logo

gem icon Frijole Ranch [Suggest Edits]

3 votes
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Description

Explore the unique and interesting history of the region by swinging by the Frijole Ranch History Museum. Given its proximity to numerous springs, this ranch was a popular area for settlement. Native American tribes initially occupied the area; mescal pits, petroglyphs, and other artifacts have been found nearby.

The first building in the area was constructed in 1876 by the Rader brothers who worked a small cattle ranch. After they moved on in the late 1800s, the area was occupied by many families over the following years. The complex grew, and the ranch eventually became a community center, hosting social gatherings and dances for the larger community.

When the ranch was bought by the Hunter family in 1942, they took steps toward making the area a park and in 1966 the ranch was sold to the National Park Service. After this, the ranch became a ranger residence until 1980 after which it was used as an office for park operations. Finally, in 1992 it was turned into a museum and opened to the public.

Short Walk: The ranch is easily accessible and located at the end of the road, just north of the visitor center.

Family Friendly: A great spot to learn about some history!

Gem Type: Historic Site

Shared by:
Liz

0 Comments

You & This Gem


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Share This Gem

Check In

Check-Ins

Feb 21, 2019
Sarah Hearn
Feb 18, 2019
Ben Roberds
Jul 15, 2018
Maddy Wilson
Jul 12, 2018
Jonathan Gutterman
Apr 27, 2018
Jeff Boyle
Mar 19, 2018
Jeff Ashburn
Sep 23, 2016
Jean-Claude Linossi

Nearby Trails

4.2 mi 6.7 km Guadalupe Peak Trail
Pine Springs, TX
4.2 mi 6.7 km Pine Springs, TX
All Clear
Update
Dry
57 days ago
59 
1.9 mi 3.1 km Devil's Hall Trail
Pine Springs, TX
1.9 mi 3.1 km Pine Springs, TX
Minor Issues
Update
Dry - Bee swarm .5 mile in
16 days ago
27 
9.9 mi 16.0 km The Notch Out-and-Back
Pine Springs, TX
9.9 mi 16.0 km Pine Springs, TX
Unknown
Update
11.0 mi 17.7 km McKittrick Canyon Trail
Pine Springs, TX
11.0 mi 17.7 km Pine Springs, TX
Unknown
Update
12.1 mi 19.5 km Tejas Trail
Pine Springs, TX
12.1 mi 19.5 km Pine Springs, TX
All Clear
Update
Dry
56 days ago
4.8 mi 7.7 km Permian Reef Geology Trail
Pine Springs, TX
4.8 mi 7.7 km Pine Springs, TX
Unknown
Update
11.9 mi 19.1 km Bush Mountain Trail
Pine Springs, TX
11.9 mi 19.1 km Pine Springs, TX
Unknown
Update
8.6 mi 13.9 km The Bowl Loop
Pine Springs, TX
8.6 mi 13.9 km Pine Springs, TX
Unknown
Update
1.8 mi 2.9 km Bear Canyon Trail
Pine Springs, TX
1.8 mi 2.9 km Pine Springs, TX
Unknown
Update
2.5 mi 4.1 km Manzanita - Smith Spring Loop
Pine Springs, TX
2.5 mi 4.1 km Pine Springs, TX
Minor Issues
Update
Dry - The trail is fine but the ranch museum at the beginning of the trail is completely closed due to wind damage
36 days ago
Shared by Liz on Mar 23, 2018. All Page Views: 291. Last Month: 8.