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Non-School Group Visits

Group Visits to the NRHC

Each year hundreds of groups from all over the world come to stroll through the history of ranching in North America at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Our facility features 49 authentic, furnished ranch buildings and structures that have been relocated from throughout the Southwest. These historic structures have been chronologically arranged to exhibit the evolution of ranch life from the late 1700s through the mid-1900s. A mile-and-a-half of paved pathways provides wheelchair access to these structures. Posted signs give a history of the historic structures in both English and Spanish.

The NRHC can accommodate groups of different sizes. Most tours of the museum and historic park are self-guided and typically take from 60 to 90 minutes depending on the age and interest of the group. Groups of more than 20 should make a reservation for their visit with the NRHC two weeks in advance. Smaller groups do not need a reservation. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcomed.

Printed maps and our smartphone app are available free of charge to enhance your tour. Our historical park opens at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday. It closes daily at 4 p.m. During periods of poor weather conditions, the park may be closed.

Guided Tours

Guided tours for groups of 25 to 50 are available upon request and are dependent on staff and volunteer availability. To request a guided tour, groups should schedule their visit with the NRHC no less than two weeks in advance and pay a $50 fee. Reservations are not complete until the fee is received. Buses should drop the group off at the main entrance before parking.

Trolley Tours

The NRHC offers one trolley tour each Thursday at 10:30am through the months of April to October for $5 per person. Trolley tours are cancelled in bad weather. The trolley seats 21 passengers and tours feature an NRHC guide. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Trolley tickets are available for purchase in the NRHC gift shop. Rides are approximately 30 minutes long.

Group trolley tours are available during normal business hours upon request and are dependent on staff and volunteer availability. The trolley can accommodate groups of 21 or less. A reservation with fee payment of $50 must be made at least two weeks in advance. Trolley tours are cancelled in bad weather. Trolley tours are not available on weekends or evenings.

 

Call 806.742.0498 for more information.

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