The Ponderosa Guest Ranch

About This Center

The Ponderosa Guest Ranch is situated on 160 acres outside of the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex in Forestburg, Texas. We are a backroads sanctuary and offer boutique womens retreats throughout the year. Our goal is to create a one of kind Texas experience while allowing our guests to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and melt into the comfort of nature, and our warm and hospitable staff. We have four cozy cabins, a private chef, massage therapist, and yoga/meditation is offered twice daily. We have acreage to explore, with three hiking trails, a pond for stand up paddle boards, skeet shooting, and longhorn feedings daily. And if you want to play Cowgirl, we even allow our guests to help with sunrise ranch chores. We offer nightly campfires and S'mores under the strung lights and the big starry skies. We are fortunate to be located near several Texas wineries, and the quaint town square of SaintJo for off-campus excursions. The ranch is all about taking time for self-care, connecting with nature, and to having old fashioned face to face conversations as we strive to be present with each activity and interaction. Y'all come see us!

Venue Highlights

The Ponderosa Guest Ranch is on 160 acres of beautiful hills and forests. We are located only an hour15 from the Dallas area but worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life! The decompression begins the minute you step onto the property. while the cabins offer all the comforts of home the property is quite rustic and the longhorn herd roams freely. Leave your high heels and laptops at home as you use this sacred time to connect with the beauty of nature all around!


We have four cozy cabins for our retreat guests. They all have private en suites with OUTDOOR showers only. The showers are accessed through the bathroom for privacy. the decor is modern farmhouse and the views from the porch are breathtaking! There is a communal fire pit area with strung lights as well. The cabins are all the same in size and design but the bed configurations differ. We have two cabins with a Queen bed. One with two twins. And our bunk cabin with two sets of sturdy twin bunks. The beds are all incredibly comfortable and the amenities are super thoughtful.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic


We have a private chef that makes most everything from scratch using the bounty from our organic garden. She has a knack for cooking for the various cycles of the moon and is always eager to please our guests with special requests. Not only is the food delicious, but it is also beautiful, nutrient-dense and made with love. You will leave wanting every recipe!


The Ponderosa Guest Ranch is one hour and 15 mins from the Dallas/Ft worth International airport. Head northwest towards the Red River to 2183 FM 1749, Forestburg, Texas, 76239. Renting a car is the least expensive route, and will come in handy for any off-campus excursions like winery tours and/or shopping.

  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Curtis Benson   August 09, 2020

      Stars are bright

    My wife and arrived around 4:00 on a Friday. We where very excited about arriving. The drive in, once off any roads with more than 2 lanes, was beautiful. We did not expect it to be 'hill country'. Being that it was, it made the last 30-45 minutes an exercise in, 'keeping your head on a swivel.' Once we pulled in, we were greeted with a warm, smiling face that seemed genuinely glad to see us. She gave us a quick tour of the property and showed us our beautiful cabin. Very warm & cozy. My wife and I loved the (closed in) outdoor shower. Very creative. I enjoyed catching a good number of bass & perch. While my wife helped the owner feed the amazing longhorns. My favorite part was playing guitar around the campfire. The moon was nearly full, but we could still see the stars overhead. When she turned the l string ights on at the main house, it seemed like a festival. The food around town is good and owner recommended some great places. She also made a great breakfast. We felt very welcome and when time came to go, both us, and another couple staying, were sad to leave. Hope to return soon. I count it as one of my 'all time favorite' weekends.

  • Jennifer Turbeville Hazen   July 01, 2020

      Love this place

    This is my third visit to the ranch. I love the yoga, the camaraderie, the food, and the beauty of the place. Lori is a fantastic host who urges you to treat her home as if it’s your own. I can’t wait to visit again.

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