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The Southern Cross

The Southern Cross Texas's Premier Party & Events Center The Southern Cross is a "Dude Ranch" located in the DFW Metroplex set on 40 acres of Texas' beautiful natural landscape.

Fill the 16,500 sq ft ballroom with family, friends, and co-workers, and enjoy the delicious home-style cooking of our fully operational on-site kitchen. Outdoor activities include rock climbing, pedal boats, the petting zoo, sand volleyball, swimming, zip lining, and much more! Find something for everyone when you bring your celebrations, meetings, and events to The Southern Cross.

Operating as usual

08/21/2022

Texans over here just trying to beat the heat…

We sure do clean up nice, don’t we?
03/27/2022

We sure do clean up nice, don’t we?

10/11/2021

When your favorite song comes on… 🎤

Here is Cocoa, our fallow deer. She was so tiny when she joined us in 2015, and on the right is a photo of her today. He...
10/08/2021

Here is Cocoa, our fallow deer. She was so tiny when she joined us in 2015, and on the right is a photo of her today. Her favorite things are apples and hanging with her best pig friend, Marcus.

Just a little joy for your Friday!

We had an amazing time with IUEC Local #21 on Saturday!!
08/31/2021

We had an amazing time with IUEC Local #21 on Saturday!!

So what does a picnic during a pandemic look like? About like always-same laughter, same fun, just with a little more ca...
08/16/2021

So what does a picnic during a pandemic look like? About like always-same laughter, same fun, just with a little more caution and care. and plan your with us today!!

We had a wonderful time hosting  for their  meeting and conference in July. Consider us for your next conference. We hav...
08/03/2021

We had a wonderful time hosting for their meeting and conference in July. Consider us for your next conference. We have space for up to 800 guests, Wi-Fi, and great food. Plus, we have tons of activities to enjoy during your break. A hotel can’t come close.

07/08/2021

Jumpin’ towards the weekend like…

All worn out after a long afternoon of training. We can’t wait to showcase our petting zoo at upcoming fall events and p...
07/07/2021

All worn out after a long afternoon of training. We can’t wait to showcase our petting zoo at upcoming fall events and picnics! 🐷♥️

Today was a good day.
06/10/2021

Today was a good day.

What happens when it pours down rain during your picnic? You bring the fun indoors!!
06/08/2021

What happens when it pours down rain during your picnic? You bring the fun indoors!!

As we were busy prepping the grounds for our first event of the season, I was struck by this stump. This stump that was ...
05/28/2021

As we were busy prepping the grounds for our first event of the season, I was struck by this stump. This stump that was cut way down, likely because it had been damaged in a storm. I looked at this tree that suddenly had this big, beautiful sprout, full of leaves and was reminded-nature always finds a way. After this tough year of uncertainty, not knowing whether or not we would make it through to the other side of this pandemic, like this stump, we have found a way. Here’s to the beginning of a wonderful year of health, happiness, and of course, hope!

-Katy Girres, Event Manager

Wow, what a year. We sure have missed seeing all the smiling faces, the smell of barbecue, and the laughter that once fi...
05/11/2021

Wow, what a year. We sure have missed seeing all the smiling faces, the smell of barbecue, and the laughter that once filled our facility in Dallas. Well, good news! As our state begins to open up, and as Covid numbers continue to decline, we are working to begin producing events at our ranch again.

We have new Covid protocols in place to keep our staff and our guests as healthy and protected as possible. If you're as ready as we are, give us a call or send us a message, and let us know how we can work with you today!

We will be hosting Open Interviews for The Southern Cross and Trinity Forest Adventure Park, at 3PM on May 7th.  Employm...
04/28/2021

We will be hosting Open Interviews for The Southern Cross and Trinity Forest Adventure Park, at 3PM on May 7th. Employment Applications are available at trinitytreetops.com.

Positions include:
•Food Service
•Recreation Attendants
•Grounds Maintenance
•Adventure Park Staff
•Registration Staff

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Planning a meeting? Arcosa found a way to enjoy this beautiful weather while social distancing! We have the space to hos...
10/09/2020

Planning a meeting? Arcosa found a way to enjoy this beautiful weather while social distancing! We have the space to host you indoors or out, and can accommodate CDC guidelines.

Is it a little toasty out, or is it just us?
08/29/2020

Is it a little toasty out, or is it just us?

This is called splooting: when you try to put as much of your body in contact with something cool. Squirrel, we feel you 🥵
Find more great pics and enter your own in the Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine photo contest at TPWMagazine.com. It ends Aug 31!

Photo via aus10sntx / Instagram

It was a great day here at The Southern Cross! We hosted the students of  this morning for some outdoor fun and deliciou...
08/17/2020

It was a great day here at The Southern Cross! We hosted the students of this morning for some outdoor fun and delicious food @ The Southern Cross. With 40 acres and TONS of activities, social distancing is never a problem!

Yesterday marked the end of the CareCenter Ministries youth day camps with us. We had a blast with y’all the past few we...
07/24/2020

Yesterday marked the end of the CareCenter Ministries youth day camps with us. We had a blast with y’all the past few weeks—thanks for including us in your awesome schedule of activities!

We had another great day with the kids of  yesterday!
07/10/2020

We had another great day with the kids of yesterday!

07/07/2020
Big Tex

Big Tex

I am deeply saddened to announce the State Fair of Texas will not open for the 2020 season. The Fair celebrates all things Texan, and with that comes...being friendly, lending a helping hand, looking out for others, and giving a warm welcome, like my favorite, “Howdy, Folks.” This year those essential traits of being a Texan matter more than ever. We must take care of our neighbors and loved ones.

The State Fair’s commitment to our nonprofit mission of promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement will continue. In addition, we commit to maintaining as many participation opportunities as possible for both livestock and creative arts - stay tuned for more updates on these contests.

We have celebrated all things Texan for the last 134 years and plan on continuing this tradition next year, and for years to come. Until then, we as a Fair family, appreciate your understanding, and overall love and dedication toward the State Fair of Texas.

~Big Tex



For more information, please visit COVID-19 Updates | State Fair of Texas https://bit.ly/325oQ9B.

Is there anything better than a cold sno cone on a hot day? Maybe a dip in the pool? A small group from CareCenter Minis...
06/26/2020

Is there anything better than a cold sno cone on a hot day? Maybe a dip in the pool? A small group from CareCenter Ministries had both (and more) during their youth camp event yesterday!

06/16/2020

Who else is enjoying a day outside?

Today should’ve been the end of another great week of Dallas ISD senior picnics at The Southern Cross. We’ve missed you ...
05/22/2020

Today should’ve been the end of another great week of Dallas ISD senior picnics at The Southern Cross.

We’ve missed you all this semester, but are proud of ALL graduating seniors in DFW. Congratulations, graduates! 🎓🎓🎓

Trinity Forest Adventure Park RE-OPENING UPDATEDue to unforeseen circumstances, it is necessary that we push our re-open...
05/21/2020

Trinity Forest Adventure Park RE-OPENING UPDATE

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is necessary that we push our re-opening date to June 3, 2020.

To those with reservations, please email [email protected] or call 214-391-1000 to reschedule or receive a credit.

Please see our website for more information about booking your next adventure: www.trinitytreetops.com/faq. We look forward to having y’all back in the park very soon. Only 2 more weeks!

Happy Mother’s Day, moms!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day, moms!

Bring the outdoors in for a unique adventure at home.
04/27/2020
Trinity Forest Adventure Park

Bring the outdoors in for a unique adventure at home.

If you haven’t already broken out the camping gear for the kids, here is a reason to do so!

Gold medals for all of you doing your part! Thank you to everyone social distancing, staying home, making/wearing PPE, o...
04/20/2020

Gold medals for all of you doing your part! Thank you to everyone social distancing, staying home, making/wearing PPE, or continuing to work in essential industries.

Looking back at last summer’s events—we had an awesome year! We can’t wait to host y’all again soon.
04/11/2020

Looking back at last summer’s events—we had an awesome year! We can’t wait to host y’all again soon.

Texas Parks and Wildlife
04/07/2020

Texas Parks and Wildlife

At the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business Tuesday, April 7 in order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff. We will continue to stay current with the latest public health recommendations and will announce when a definite reopening date has been determined. Here are the details: bit.ly/StateParksClose

Working from home means training some new (furry) co-workers!Our offices are closed and operations are suspended for the...
03/30/2020

Working from home means training some new (furry) co-workers!

Our offices are closed and operations are suspended for the foreseeable future, but we’re anxious to get back to business. In the meantime, we’re self-isolating and encourage you all to do the same.

We also want to say thank you to all essential employees and healthcare workers keeping the country running, and putting yourselves on the front lines. We greatly appreciate you.

03/26/2020
Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Today's virtual : Imagine feeling the sun and breeze from Rita Blanca National Grasslands in the Texas Panhandle.

Trinity Forest Adventure Park
03/20/2020

Trinity Forest Adventure Park

Hey There Adventure Fans!

While we miss being in the trees with our guests, we hope everyone is safe and healthy amid the current chaos of COVID-19. We are currently maintaining our office hours, but the park will remain closed through the April 3rd. Further updates regarding our park schedule will be shared through our social media and website.

Even though the park is closed at the moment we want to offer our guest the ability to plan their future escape to the outdoors. We have two great deals for you to take advantage of!

Plan your summer escape now with code ZIPCLIMB20 for 50% off all weekday bookings for summer 2020. Not sure when you want to have your adventure? Pick up a Gift Certificate with code 20OFF20 and receive 20% off. We look forward to more adventures with our fans!

In the meantime, we wish everyone the best!

Adventure On Dallas!

There’s been a murder on the happy trail! Saturday’s Duncanville Lions Foundation event included a murder mystery dinner...
03/09/2020

There’s been a murder on the happy trail! Saturday’s Duncanville Lions Foundation event included a murder mystery dinner party, silent and live auctions, and a delicious Tex-Mex buffet.

Find an adventure at Trinity Forest Adventure Park this Spring Break!
03/06/2020

Find an adventure at Trinity Forest Adventure Park this Spring Break!

This could be you over Spring Break... if you make your reservations NOW!

www.bookeo.com/trinitytreetops
March 7-22, 2020
Open daily, 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Last session begins at 2:00 p.m.

Tonight we’re celebrating with the John Horn High School JROTC at their annual Military Ball!
03/01/2020

Tonight we’re celebrating with the John Horn High School JROTC at their annual Military Ball!

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1800 Dowdy Ferry Rd
Dallas, TX
75217

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm

Telephone

(214) 398-3400

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The Southern Cross is a "Dude Ranch" and Texas-sized private events center located in the DFW Metroplex set on 40 acres of beautiful natural landscape. Fill the 16,500 sq ft ballroom with family, friends, and co-workers, and enjoy the delicious home-style cooking of our fully operational on-site kitchen. Outdoor activities include rock climbing, pedal boats, the petting zoo, sand volleyball, swimming, zip lining, and much more! Find something for everyone when you bring your celebrations, meetings, and events to The Southern Cross.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to The Southern Cross yesterday for our Annual DSG Family Picnic! The sun was shining and our families were smiling. It was so good to see everyone. We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming programs & events!

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ICYMI-Did you know that we have an event center on-site that can comfortably seat 600 guests? But more importantly, did you know that event center also has its own petting zoo with a trained pig?! ♥️🐷 The Southern Cross
Yesterday, was CareCenter's summer finale field trip to The Southern Cross, closing out the summer with a bang 👊💥!
For the past seven 7️⃣weeks, on Thursdays, the CareCenter Team and volunteers came together to take small groups of 12 children or less on various field trip adventures. The smaller setting allowed us to give each child personal ministry and individual attention.

The heart 💜 of CCM and our Executive Director, Eldred Sawyer, is that we continue to remain connected with the families 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 we served prior to the pandemic (families from our Afterschool program and previous summer camp). We saw this as a perfect opportunity to keep the gospel before them, love on them, and encourage their hearts ♥️ like never before!

We will keep our friends and partners updated with future events and opportunities to volunteer throughout the school year. We are closely watching the news and making plans to safely and adequately continue connecting with our community.

"THANK YOU", to the following for hosting our vision:
The Southern Cross, Shenaniganz, Dallas Zoo, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
and the farm of Pastors Eldred & JeanMarie Sawyer.

"THANK YOU" to the following volunteers for supporting our vision:
Ricky McCormick, Vangie McCormick, Ebony Parker, Ocie Jefferson, Mannie Jefferson, Susana Bazaldua, Joey Kelly Wilkie, Texas Vets Roofing, Rikkie Bailey, Dorothea Shields, Andrea Albrecht, Julianna Albrecht, Ella Mae Wilson, Zach Wilson, Maria Crane

"THANK YOU" to our partners for funding the vision:
19 Ministries, Milestone, C3 Trinity Dallas, Ted Deen, HIS Plan, Barbara Council-Day, Greg Turner, Uriah Stake, United With Love Outreach
We appreciate The Southern Cross for showing our CareCenter Team 👫 and camp kids 👯‍♀️ another wonderful field trip experience yesterday! CareCenter accompanied 10 children, from our community center programs, for a wonderful time of one-on-one 👥fellowship and 🎊fun activities. We started our day with fishing 🚣‍♀️ and volleyball🏐, then lunch🌭🍔🍪🥤, paddle boats, human foosball🏉 and closed with swimming🏊‍♂️.

These are memories our kids will never forget! CareCenter remains vigilant to keep the proclamation of the gospel before those we serve and make disciples of those we reach, all while responding to the physical and emotional needs of many where the need is great.
These beautiful children will move on this summer knowing that Jesus never leaves nor forsakes them🌈☀️. He is ever-present and His love 💛endures!

🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️Thank you to all the volunteers and donors that make this possible, if you would like to help offset the cost of a field trip, sponsor a child, or volunteer, please ☎️call us at 214.824.9852 ext 106 or go to:
💻www.carecenterministries.org to "Donate". Please note: "Field Trips".
Laughing ...... screaming...... excitement was in the air yesterday as the CareCenter Team and volunteers took a small group of children on a field trip to The Southern Cross. Weekly field trips are scheduled each Thursday, CareCenter endeavors to stay in close fellowship and not lose our connection to the families from our After-School Program and our past summer camps. OUR CHILDREN HAD A BLAST YESTERDAY AND MEMORIES WERE MADE WITH JESUS AT THE FOREFRONT! Our faithful friends and partners, along with our volunteers, made it possible for each kid to: 👇🏼❤️❤️👇🏼�💦 swim�⛰ Rock Climbing�🎣 fishing �🎈 water balloon launcher fight �🏒foosball and air hockey �🍗great Bbq lunch �🍿 popcorn �🍦 snow cones �
💡 A special “Thank you” to our faithful friends and partners at Milestone and 19 Ministries for your sponsorship of today’s event!! Your investment in CareCenter Ministries’ children is eternal. 💡
Thank you to MGA Homecare for sponsoring this year's World Down Syndrome Day Picnic on March 21 at the The Southern Cross Ranch. Because of their generosity, we are now able to add this exciting, new bungee trampoline to our list of activities. It's not too late to register or sponsor the event. Learn more and register at http://downsyndromedallas.org/world-down-syndrome-day-family-picnic.
Planning your Christmas party? Add a casino! Our casino games with professional dealers—including Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, Slots, and Poker/Texas Hold ‘Em—are a great way to make your holiday celebration fun and memorable.

The Southern Cross has December dates still available.
Book now: (214) 398-3400 [email protected]
Tomorrow is our FriendRaiser at The Southern Cross!! The team is setting up!! Come see tomorrow the lives that have been changed by the gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ!! 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻
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