Guided Historical Tours
The journey begins at the historic Santa Gertrudis Creek where Captain King first camped in 1852. Nearby, modern brush clearing equipment, land-going leviathans conceived and developed on King Ranch to clear mesquite and huisache from the pastures, has found a permanent parking place. Continuing your trip, your guide will explain the history and the modern day workings of the Ranch. You will see the Calera Pens where at roundup time the cattle are vaccinated, branded, and tagged. Keen eyes will spot wildlife along the way, and our wildlife tours are a totally separate program. Tours will pass the auction arena, the horse cemetery, and the Colony – home of the Kinenos or King’s Men. Historic buildings include Mrs. King’s carriage house, the Commissary with its lookout tower, the show barn, and the grand home built in 1912 by Captain King’s widow, Henrietta.
Farming and Feedlot Tours
For those who want a more comprehensive tour of the ranch agricultural operations, tours of the farming operations and/or the feedlot/feedmill operations can be scheduled. Approximately 60,000 acres of King Ranch are under cultivation. Grain sorghum (milo) and cotton are the major crops grown in South Texas. King Ranch maintains its own cotton gin and grain storage facilities. Plan on 1-hour to tour the farming operations. The King Ranch Feedlot has a capacity of about 15,000 head of cattle. Feed for these animals is prepared at the adjacent feedmill. One hour is needed to travel to each of these sites separately.
King Ranch Cowboy Camphouse Barbeque
Ring the cook’s dinner bell and experience a barbeque at an historic King Ranch cowboy camphouse. Lunch and dinner menus include beef brisket and smoked sausage prepared over a mesquite wood fire, potato salad or coleslaw, campbeans, relishes, and beverage.
For tours of other attractions in Kingsville, please contact the City of Kingsville Tourism Department, 1501 Hwy. 77, Kingsville, Texas 78363, telephone 1-800-333-5032.
Booking Policy: All King Ranch group tours must be scheduled and confirmed through the King Ranch Visitor Center (361-592-8055). Tours are available 7 days a week with the exception of certain holidays. Tours will be booked according to availability. Motor Coach Tours must be a minimum of 25 individuals and provide their own transportation in order to receive a group rate. Groups will provide their own transportation in order to receive a group rate. There must be room in the vehicle for a King Ranch guide. The motor coach driver is always a complimentary admission. One escort will be also included as a complimentary admission for groups of 30 or more. Groups unable to provide their own transportation may be able to schedule King Ranch vehicles for tours at times that do not conflict with regularly scheduled King Ranch daily tours. Group rates do not apply when King Ranch vehicles are used. School groups may qualify for special rates. Forty-eight hours notice is required for cancellation of a tour. Failure to notify the King Ranch Visitor Center Office 48-hours in advance will result in a minimum charge of $30.00. Meal requests require a 72 hour (3 day) advance confirmation in writing. Group cancellation of meals requires 72 hours notice. Groups failing to give 72 hours advance notice of meal cancellation to King Ranch will be charged for the meals. Payment for group tours is payable upon arrival, but credit card information must be given in order to secure a tour reservation. Please make checks payable to King Ranch, Inc. and include applicable sales taxes (6.75%). Proof of insurance is required for commercial operators. Prices good through December 31, 2016.