By Shane Reynolds, Outdoor Recreation Director and Outfitter
Some of the greatest amenities that Cordillera Ranch have to offer are its parks and trail system that include access to the Guadalupe River and the spring fed creeks on the Ranch. The River Park at Cordillera Ranch has five campsites, each equipped with a picnic table, bar-b-q pit, fire pit and trash can. All Cordillera Ranch property owners and Club members may reserve these campsites through the Property Owners Association for no fee. If you want to take it up a notch, the Clubs’ Outfitter offers a full line of camping gear to rent and a full-service campsite setup and strike service for our Club members.
Camping with family is a great way to re-connect with each other through a shared experience. When parents go to work and kids go to school on a daily schedule, family members experience separate realities. But sharing the same tent on a family camping trip has a way of uniting and strengthening family bonds. Here are a few reasons to go camping.
QUALITY TIME TOGETHER
Use camping as an excuse to limit your use of screen time, cut back on distractions and turn to each other to supply the entertainment. Statistics show that teens like to camp because they see their parents relaxing. Find fun things to do and immerse yourself in the company of family.
Bring generations of family together at a campsite at Cordillera Ranch. Grandparents want to join in the family camping fun, too! But if camping is not an option for them, grandparents can stay in one of our Lodges at the Club while the kids and parents sleep in a tent. During the day, enjoy activities together.
EXPLORE A NEW ENVIRONMENT
A simple change of environment can create a fresh perspective. Depend on family members to help navigate new experiences — you don’t have to go far away to try something new. Get to know the natural beauty of Cordillera Ranch — the sounds at night outside will certainly be a thrill and experience for the kids!
Let the outdoors invigorate your senses. Quietly observe animals in their natural habitats. Sit on camp chairs and take in a sunset and the sparkling night sky from a campsite. Feel the natural cool air of a winter or spring morning against your skin.
Grandparents and parents have tons of knowledge to pass down to the younger generations. Convey some of that education during a camping trip such as pitching a tent together, starting a campfire and cooking outdoors — useful teaching moments and accomplishments that everyone will feel good about.
Camping, by nature, is a physical activity. Setting up tents, prepping food and building a fire takes energy. Then pick an activity the whole family would enjoy like horseback riding or river kayaking to experience together. Feel refreshed and healthy when you breathe in clean Hill Country air, swim in the river or feel a sense of awe waking to a large axis buck outside your tent.
Contact Shane Reynolds with questions about making the most of your Cordillera Ranch camping experience.
Shane Reynolds is the Outdoor Recreation Director and Outfitter at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 210.616.6051, or at the Cordillera Ranch Outfitter Center at 830.336.4823.