What to bring

Here is everything you will need or potentially need when venturing out to the Wendelful Life Ranch. These suggestions have been compiled over time from client feedback, often starting with, “wish I had remembered to bring…”

ATVs and 4-wheel-drive vehicles are welcome for romping around as are RVs and campers for staying overnight.

Don’t forget to throw in some apples for the horses (they will be your best friend)!

we ask all patrons to bring:
  • Wild bird seed
  • Grass seed
    • Bermuda
    • Fescue
    • Rye

This aids in erosion control when hand digging, personal screening, large screen digging, or simply hiking around.

  • Gloves
  • Wiggle picks
  • Tools such as hand rakes, trowels, shovels, hoes, and pick axes
  • Buckets or bags for collecting rocks and other treasures
  • Shade canopy or umbrella
  • Hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Light clothing and comfortable shoes
  • More buckets!
  • Lots of drinking water and ice!
  • Food and snacks
  • Bugspray
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Walking sticks
  • Hiking boots or snake boots
  • Side arm for protection
  • Chairs
  • Water socks
  • Inner tubes / floats
  • Fishing poles and earthworms
  • Musical instruments
  • Games
  • Compass
  • Plenty of apples for the horses!
  • Blow up mattress or cot (if you need to sleep more than our pull out couch will accommodate)
  • Bedding
  • Extra towels (we provide a few)
  • Items listed to the left for artifact hunting, hiking, fishing, and swimming!
  • Shade canopy or umbrella
  • Hammock, cot, and/or mattress (don’t forget an air compressor if it’s blow up!)
  • 5 gallon bucket with a pool noodle and toilet paper for a latrine
  • Hand saw for firewood (but you won’t need to bring any wood) 
  • Grill or grate for cooking on the fire
  • Eating utensils
  • Telescope and/or binoculars
  • Flashlights or lanterns
  • Headlamps
  • Towels
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Tent

What is your favorite gear for

Let us know in the comments below!


Large Screen Digs

Calling all arrowhead enthusiasts, rock hounds, and history buffs! We offer large screen digs on most weekends, Saturdays and Sundays. Come sift for arrowheads, stone artifacts, topaz, quartz, and other minerals.

Paleo artifacts, older than archaic, have been found on property. Topaz has also been confirmed.

Stay a full day, from sun up to sun down, or better yet, come for both days and stay overnight on the ranch! Reserve our cozy cabin (complete with a kitchen and bathroom) or enjoy one of our many primitive campsites under the stars.

Catered lunch is available to add-on so you can keep hydrated and fueled for digging. We recently brought in barbecue plates from David’s Old Fashioned Pit BBQ in Fredericksburg.

Digs are youth group and family friendly. It is a great way to bond, gather in nature, and learn about ancient human history. Discounts can be made available for groups of 5 or more and kids are always free!

Specials are frequently offered for holidays and other events, so be sure to check our website, Facebook page, or Facebook group for the latest availability and pricing.