Travelers headed southbound on Hwy. 287 in north Texas may notice the massive log building high atop a hill, or the large electronic sign – with its waving red, white and blue – announcing the location as the Coyote Ranch Resort. What can’t be seen as drivers top Wilson Overpass is that construction of the 123-space RV park and camping area is almost finished, the Clay County Leader in Henrietta, Texas, reported.
“It’s been an adventure,” said David Stout, resort general manager, said last week. “And, it continues to grow each day.”
The facility is owned by Donna Adams of Wichita Falls, and is located just inside Clay County on the Clay-Wichita County line where Hwy. 287 intersects with Stephens Ranch Road.
What can be seen from the highway is the 7,000-square-foot Grand Hall, a conference center large enough to host everything from business meetings to wedding receptions. It features three meeting rooms with multimedia capabilities. Still in the works is a chapel to host weddings. The chapel will seat 120 guests.
The RV park, located in a valley to the south of the Grand Hall, has 50 back-in spaces, 60 pull-through spaces measuring 80 feet each and 13 pull-through spaces measuring 100 feet in length. All RV spaces are concrete pads and offer full hookups. Shower and laundry facilities are provided. Some 35 storage units also will be available.
Due to its size, the facility had trouble meeting Clay County’s septic system regulations, and instead tapped into the city of Wichita Falls sewer system. The facility also has water from the city, located several miles away.
When Adams first planned the resort, she hired a consultant from California who designed an RV park with 150 spaces to be located on top of the hill. It was not well received, said Stout, but it was a starting point. After the RV spaces were relocated, the plan grew to include nine cabins and 11 cottages, two swimming pools and two pavilions. Also added was a yurt, which Stout described as a glorified tent, a novelty item to draw interest.
After panning the original layout, Adams visited several RV resorts around the state, taking ideas from each. “Everything changed from the original plan,” said Stout.
The cabins are situated in three buildings. Two are triplexes, two are duplexes and one is a stand-alone unit. “They’re not cabins in the rough sense of the word,” said Stout. “These are as nice as any hotel room.”
Another structure will serve as a store, offering basic items such as toiletries, and registration office. Swimming pools are located behind the store and behind the Grand Hall.
Adams originally purchased 70 acres for the resort, and has since added 20 acres to the back side. The 20-acre plot has a stock tank, which will be dredged and stocked with fish, adding an area for family recreation. At a future date, an area near the tank will be added for tent camping, said Stout.
In an effort to draw interest to the resort, Adams is planning a Trade Days in mid-July, and hopes to hold the event every four months.
Stout said the facility is about 80% complete, and hopes for a “soft” grand opening in early July. He said some campers have already taken advantage of the resort, and its drawing a lot of interest for weddings and wedding receptions.
Stout said the Coyote Ranch Resort will employ four or five in full time positions and offer some part time jobs. At any one time, as many as 10 will be on staff.