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Dryden: Chandler Ranch


Pecos River Chandler Ranch, kayak, canoe, outdoor adventure, cabin, creek, fishing
The Pecos River at Chandler Ranch

For years, my husband Joe has dreamed of the day when the Chandler Guest Ranch would be once again open to the public and when we could announce the exciting news to all those who travel our magnificent Texas highways. We are thrilled to say that the day has come!

Chandler Ranch has been privately owned for over 100 years. The land sits at the confluence of Independence Creek and the Pecos River. It's an arid region, but the Chandler Ranch is blessed to have numerous springs, which feed several ponds on the ranch, in addition to the beautiful creek and the river, its eastern border. My husband's grandfather, Joe B. Chandler, established a guest ranch, including a golf course, in the 1950s. It was a thriving business for many years but was eventually closed to the public due to Mr. Chandler's declining health. Joe A. Chandler began to rebuild the guest ranch in 2014 and opened back up to the public in 2015. We now have 3 fully and expertly renovated cabins with modern luxuries, a full-time country cook and managerial staff to assist our guests, canoes and kayaks for floating down the Pecos, ponds stocked for fishing. The original game room and spring-fed swimming pool have also been restored.

For more information, please visit our website www.ChandlerRanch.com and our Chandler Ranch Facebook page. Additionally, the Cenizo Journal just published a great piece, "Rebirth of Chandler Ranch" by Jeremy Gonzalez (see attachment). Another great resource is my mother-in-law's published book, On Independence Creek, The Story of a Texas Ranch by Charlena Chandler.

We look forward to your visit at Chandler Ranch!

Kind regards,
Nan Chandler
713-703-6615

Making our home a place for guests to enjoy natural beauty; taking care of that beauty is the story behind the creation of the Chandler Guest Ranch.

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Located on spring-fed Independence Creek. Located 22 miles south of Sheffield, TX. chandlerranch.com We’re a package deal – weekends include access to our ...
On Independence Creek: The Story of a Texas Ranch
On Independence Creek: The Story of a Texas Ranch
Amazon 5/5
"Enjoyable anecdotes about ranch life, fishing and hunting, and the nostalgia of growing up during the 1940s and 1950s. . . . Charlena Chandler has produced an enjoyable book that takes us back to the fondly remembered mid-century in small-town West Texas."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly "Charlena Chandler's work is about the dreams and hard work of her grandfather, Charles Chandler, the vision and tenacity of her father, Joe Chandler, and the ebb and flow of life along Independence Creek, a large spring-fed tributary of the Pecos River south of Sheffield in Terrel County. . . . You might not know the characters in the book, but if you have ties to West Texas, you've known people like them. Chandler's book is full of West Texas colloquialisms and wit, but also a twinge of regret for the changes that time brings."--Scott Turner, Desert Mountain Times Deep in southwest Texas a creek pours into the Pecos River. Because it flows from the west, one might expect that even in the rainiest of years it would be intermittent, but its flow is steady, and it is the largest freshwater tributary of the Pecos. As a result of its reliable, spring-fed flow, Independence Creek has had a long history. Indians camped along its banks for centuries before the white man arrived. Spanish conquistadores may have found an oasis there during their exploration of the otherwise arid region. And in the nineteenth century, cattle, sheep, and goat ranchers felt the pull of its sweet water and the rich grass on its banks. The author's grandfather, Charles Chandler, settled the area of the mouth of Independence Creek in 1900 and ranched it for many years. But her father, Joe Chandler, saw more potential for the green valley than ranchland. Over the years he built there one of the most popular recreation areas in southwest Texas. First a guest …

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Author: Charlena Chandler
First published: Jun 15, 2004
Genre: Autobiography
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And Announcing... Our airstrip has been reconditioned; we now welcome guests via air!
Chandler Ranch is the newest member of The Hundred Dollar Hamburger club!


Location

  • 535 Independence Creek Road
  • Dryden, Texas
  • 78851

Contact

Hours & Fees

  • Open 7 days a week for guests with reservations. Please call 713-703-6615 to book your stay at Chandler Ranch.
  • $250 - $300/night, includes prepared meals, kayaks, swimming, fishing, ATVs for exploring the ranch

Map & Directions

27 miles south of Interstate 10 at Sheffield, Texas


Chandler Ranch has been privately owned for over 100 years. The land sits at the confluence of Independence Creek and the Pecos River. It's an arid region, but the Chandler Ranch is blessed to have numerous springs, which feed several ponds on the ranch, in addition to the beautiful creek and the river, its eastern border. My husband's grandfather, Joe B. Chandler, established a guest ranch, including a golf course, in the 1950s. It was a thriving business for many years but was eventually closed to the public due to Mr. Chandler's declining health. Joe A. Chandler began to rebuild the guest ranch in 2014 and opened back up to the public in 2015. We now have 3 fully and expertly renovated cabins with modern luxuries, a full-time country cook and managerial staff to assist our guests, canoes and kayaks for floating down the Pecos, ponds stocked for fishing. The original game room and spring-fed swimming pool have also been restored.

For more information, please visit our website www.ChandlerRanch.com and our Chandler Ranch Facebook page.