Texas Hill country

Texas Hill country


There is always something to do at the local Bandera honky-tonks where Texas artists and musicians mingle with ranchers and tourists, giving Bandera an exciting, unique atmosphere. Traffic around Bandera, consists of horses and motorcycles as much as cars and trucks. The population has held steady for many years at about 1,000 people. But, recently the population of the county has grown substantially.

Enjoy the great outdoors at one of Bandera’s State Natural Areas. The area of Bandera County is home to over 200 different bird species, which can be seen at the Natural Area and Bandera City Park. Horseback riding, popular scenic drives, rodeos, hunting, and golf are all popular activities that any visitor should look forward to. For individuals that enjoy Texas history, there are several museums and historical tours offered in Bandera. Bandera’s cowboy culture, gorgeous scenery, and wealth of recreational opportunities means that no two trips are ever the same. Visit Bandera and you’ll discover why the town really is the “Cowboy Capital of the World.”  The city of Bandera is located less than an hour away from San Antonio. Bandera, Texas is known world wide as the Cowboy Capital. The unique landscape and architecture shows why it is a one of a kind city. Bandera has played an extremely important role in keeping the unique American traditions of the Texas cowboy alive.


Along with its dude ranches, Bandera is surrounded by some of the most striking natural areas in Texas. You don’t have to go far to experience it, either. Bandera City Park, located just a few blocks from the courthouse square, sits on the bank of the pristine Medina River. Don your swimming gear and jump into the clear and cool water, or float along on an inner tube. If you’re looking to get in some hiking or sightseeing, it’s hard to beat either the Hill Country State Natural Area or Lost Maples State Natural Area. Both are great places to go to see the diverse flora and fauna of the region, especially if you’re a birding enthusiast. In the autumn, Lost Maples becomes a wonderland of color as the native bigtooth maple trees turn magnificent shades of orange and gold.  Do not miss out on seeing the Frontier Times Museum, located in Bandera. This museum serves tribute to the legacies of the American cowboy and  anching practices. The Museum has a large collection of artifacts from Bandera’s early days. Many of these gems were donated from all over the world.


Cowboy Capital of the World and home to tons of authentic dude ranches, Bandera is the place to be if you’re looking for a true Texas experience. Curious about Texas pioneers from back in the day? Check out the Frontier Times Museum. Or you could try being a rancher yourself and spend a weekend at one of the area’s many guest dude ranches. Dress the part with a little help from local western outfitters, and who knows? You might just go home saying “howdy” and “yeehaw.” Try some of our favorites: Bandera General Store, Country Accent Antiques, Wester Tail Antiques and Gunslingers.


For those that enjoy the night scene, sit back and enjoy the 11th Street Cowboy Bar; where you can enjoy live music and dancing, and buy inexpensive, cold drinks. If you want some good old southern cooking try OST Restaurant of Busbee’s Bar-B-Que. Or try our personal favorites: Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant and Sid’s Main Street.

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