All facilities are equipped with kitchen appliances and utensils. No facility has central air-conditioning, but ceiling fans enhance the year round breezes nature provides. A ranch tour is not included in the prices. Staff availability is limited but a tour can possibly be arranged for an additional fee. Please make these arrangements well in advance of your arrival. During your stay, you are welcome to enjoy Madrone Lake for fishing, canoeing and hiking. You may walk anywhere on the ranch, but we ask you to not drive beyond the paved roads.
Please note: We are a private ranch and visitation is strictly by reservation. We cannot accommodate drop-in traffic. We do appreciate your desire to see us, but please make arrangements before coming to the ranch.
A large meeting space for your conservation or education groups.
When the Center was built in the early 1980’s, Mr. Bamberger wanted to provide a place that would serve visitors to the ranch as a place to meet and to learn about environmental conservation. This beautiful stone conference hall with two dormitory style sleeping wings can sleep 48 people and conference 100. This facility is available to groups that are dedicated to or have an interest in conservation and the environment.
You are asked to arrive as a group and leave as a group, and keep the car traffic in and out to a minimum. You can hike around the ranch. There is central heat in the main conference room, large fireplaces and ceiling fans, but no air-conditioning, TV, or telephone.
A recycled cabin accommodates up to 10 guests.
You will have the unique experience of not only lodging in the beautiful canyons of Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve, but this structure is also entirely made of recycled materials.
There are stories galore on and in the walls of our recycled cabin. The ceiling fan in the main room came from the old Bluebonnet Hotel in San Antonio when they installed air conditioning in 1953. Exterior light fixtures came from a variety of places: housing complexes and from Robert Ayre’s personal home in San Antonio. Window panes were repaired, redesigned and fitted into old barn wood from the Texas Hill Country.
The exterior pastel colored boards were salvaged from a housing development that was torn down to make way for the downtown freeway in San Antonio. Square nails individually hand-made before the turn of the century can still be seen in several of the wood panels around the cabin. And even our own old cattle trailers and horse corrals contributed wood to the front porch. The pieces of recycled wood alone! With the talent of two local craftsmen and the vision of the Bambergers, this cabin is truly “Barn Again!”
Please note: The Recycle Cabin is unavailable for rent from November-December due to hunting season.
A unique B&B style cabin for private family rental.
This rustic replica of a Texas country store, was built by Mr. Bamberger as a meeting spot and as a museum in honor of his mother Hester. It serves as a display site for his inheritance, which consists of items from his mother’s home.
Hes’ Country Store is frequently included in educational tours to emphasize the importance of family and cultural conservation.
We invite you to leave the comfort and insulation of the city and join us for a natural experience. This replica of a real Texas country store can comfortably sleep 4 people in bunk beds in the back room, and a few more can be added.
There is a shower in the bathroom. An electric cooking range and sink are hidden under the counter, and a refrigerator is in the back room so you can fix meals. Simple but adequate utensils and pots are provided for cooking and serving meals.
During cold weather heat is provided by an old fashioned wood stove. There is no air conditioning, but breezes are common even in the summer. Towels and linens are furnished but you handle your own food service.
While environmental education is a key priority at Selah, wildlife management practices are critical to our land conservation and cause us to shut down tours and reservations during certain times of the year. The ranch and its rentable facilities are closed November 1 through mid-January each year.
Additionally, during the hot dry month of August we try to rest the ranch (and its staff) and do not book tours. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause, and we appreciate your understanding.
Time permitting around our very busy annual ranch tour calendars, the Bamberger Ranch staff can provide land management consultations designed specifically for your needs on your property.
Ranch biologist Steven Fulton will make up to two site visits to a property requesting consultation. Interviews with the landowner are imperative to better understand specific management goals and desires. Plant lists, GIS maps, and recommendations are provided with the final report. We can also create a wildlife exemption plan if you are eligible (if you presently have an agricultural exemption on your land) and wish to apply for one.
Prices vary based on property size and management needs. Consultations are limited to the Hill Country area. Call Steven Fulton at 830-868-2630 for more information. Also, consider attending one of our land stewardship workshops as we may address your questions there first.
Given the time and availability, the Bamberger staff love to do outreach programs. Whether it’s J. David’s personal story and land-use philosophies, Steven Fulton’s wildlife research, Jared’s live snakes or Colleen Gardner’s love for bees and bats, the Bamberger Ranch staff have many topics of interest to share with diverse audiences.
Speakers fees are requested but negotiable, depending on the audience, length of travel and time. Contact us by email as we’re rarely by the office phone.