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Region: Bandera

Bandera Downtown
Bandera County Courthouse
Bandera barbeque spot
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Bandera City Park
Bandera Storefront
Store front in Bandera
Greenery forest in Bandera County
View of Hill Country State Natural Area

Bandera

Well known and respected as the Cowboy Capital of the World.

Bandera

History:

Bandera was first founded 1852 as a cypress shingle camp. Cypress shingles were commonly used to make roofs because Cypress has certain oils in it that repel water. In 1854, a Roman Catholic colony from Poland established itself in Bandera. Today, this authentic Western town is one of the oldest remaining Polish communities in the U.S..

Walking or driving tours of the town are available. See the original jail and County Courthouse and some of the oldest buildings in Bandera County, along historic Eleventh St.. You can also watch saddle makers and blacksmiths hard at work. After that, you can tour a working Longhorn ranch. Information on self-guided tours can be picked up at the Bandera Convention and Visitors Bureau (https://www.banderacowboycapital.com/events).

Tradition:

Nestled in the Hill Country and surrounded by both working and guest ranches, the city bills itself as the Cowboy Capital of the World. Rodeos are held at least twice weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Check with the Bandera Convention and Visitors Bureau for the schedule.

Bandera boasts a great quantity of Dude Ranches. Dude Ranches (also called Guest Ranches) are modern ranches designed to capture all the best parts of cowboy life. Some are rustic while others are equipped with all the modern conveniences.

Recreational and Relaxing Activities:

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Texas Hill Country while riding horseback, just like in the old West. If the heat gets to be too much, take a swim in cool, clear Hill Country lakes, rivers, or resort swimming pools. Visitors enjoy fine year-round fishing. Wild turkey and white-tailed deer may be hunted in season.

For more information on hunting season in Bandera, please visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/regs/animal_listing .

Plenty more popular cowboy activities such as camping, hiking, rodeos, horse races, golfing, and Country/Western dancing are available to adventurers visiting Bandera.

Nature:

The Hill Country State Natural Area, a 5,369-acre park in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, is only a 20 minute drive from Bandera. Primitive camping is permitted in a 20-acre designated site. Horseback riding, backpacking, and hiking are popular activities offered in the park. It is located on F.M. 1077, at 10600 Bandera Creek Rd, 12 miles west of town.

Scenic Drives:

The Hill Country is made up of many small towns connected by beautiful scenic drives. There are gorgeous Hill Country landscapes in almost any direction. Scenic drives are a favorite pastime for many locals, especially during sunset. So crank those windows down, turn up the radio, and fly over those hills!

Ranch-to-Market Road:

Texas Monthly ranks the drive on Ranch-to-Market Road 337 from Medina, TX to Leakey, TX as 18th in an article titled “75 Things We Love About Texas”. “Take this drive on a Sunday afternoon in October. Trust me.” - Brain D. Sweany

Texas 173 North:

This highway winds through scenic vistas to Camp Verde and Kerrville, looking out over private lakes, buffalo fields, and grand traditional ranch houses.

Texas 173 South:

173 South rolls to the southern edge of the hills and enters the lower South Texas Plains. In the summertime, Texas bluebonnets and wildflowers cover fields as far as the eye can see.

Texas 46 East:

This Hill Country scenic drive explores steep-shouldered scenery through community of Pipe Creek to the German-accented town of Boerne.

Texas 16 and F.M. 470 West:

This drive is one of the most dramatic. Blue hills enfold small green valleys threaded by sparkling creeks.

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thu29aug12:00 pmthu3:00 pmFeaturedThursday Night Free Trivia at TJ's at the Old Forge12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Tj's at The Old Forge, 807 Main St, Bandera, Texas 78003 Event Organized By: TJ's at The Old Forge Cities/Lakes/Rivers:Bandera

sat24aug9:00 amBRC Youth Summer Rodeo at Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena9:00 am Mansfield Park, 2454 State Highway 16 N, Bandera, TX 78003Cities/Lakes/Rivers:Bandera

sun25aug1:00 pmsun4:00 pmFrontier Times Jamboree at Frontier Times Museum1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St, Bandera, TX 78003Cities/Lakes/Rivers:Bandera

tue27aug9:30 amtue4:00 pmLBJ Birthday Celebration at LBJ State Park & Historic Site9:30 am - 4:00 pm Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, 100 Ladybird Lane P.O. Box 329 Johnson City, TX 78636Cities/Lakes/Rivers:Bandera

fri30aug6:30 pmfri10:00 pmBandera Round-Up6:30 pm - 10:00 pm Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St, Bandera, TX 78003Cities/Lakes/Rivers:Bandera

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Fun Stuff

There are plenty of opportunities for day trips from the Bandera area.

Enjoy a relaxing drive through the spectacular Texas Hill Country on wide-open roads lined with breath-taking flowers and trees. Relish views only available in the Hill Country. You’ll feel like you’re light years away from a crowded freeway…because you are.

And, you won’t have to pick up and move. No packing and unpacking. While staying at a luxurious resort or amazing Dude Ranch in Bandera, you can make yourself at home and still experience a multitude of adventures that are fun for the whole family.

Here are just a few of the possibilities:

Bandera > Boerne

25 miles | 32 min

Bandera > Boerne

25 miles | 32 min

Bandera > Comfort

29 miles | 31 min

Bandera > Comfort

29 miles | 31 min

Bandera > Concan (on the Frio River)

57 miles | 1 hr 6 min

Bandera > Concan (on the Frio River)

57 miles | 1 hr 6 min

Bandera > Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

66 miles | 1 hr 15 min

Bandera > Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

66 miles | 1 hr 15 min

Bandera > Boerne

25 miles | 32 min

Bandera > Boerne

25 miles | 32 min

Bandera > Comfort

29 miles | 31 min

Bandera > Comfort

29 miles | 31 min

Bandera > Concan (on the Frio River)

57 miles | 1 hr 6 min

Bandera > Concan (on the Frio River)

57 miles | 1 hr 6 min

Bandera > Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

66 miles | 1 hr 15 min

Bandera > Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

66 miles | 1 hr 15 min

Bandera > Fredericksburg

50 miles | 54 minutes

Bandera > Fredericksburg

50 miles | 54 minutes

Bandera > Garner State Park

49 miles | 58 minutes

Bandera > Garner State Park

49 miles | 58 minutes

Bandera > Hill Country State Natural Area

12 miles | 20 minutes

Bandera > Hill Country State Natural Area

12 miles | 20 minutes

Bandera > Hunt

38 miles | 49 minutes

Bandera > Hunt

38 miles | 49 minutes

Bandera > Fredericksburg

50 miles | 54 minutes

Bandera > Fredericksburg

50 miles | 54 minutes

Bandera > Garner State Park

49 miles | 58 minutes

Bandera > Garner State Park

49 miles | 58 minutes

Bandera > Hill Country State Natural Area

12 miles | 20 minutes

Bandera > Hill Country State Natural Area

12 miles | 20 minutes

Bandera > Hunt

38 miles | 49 minutes

Bandera > Hunt

38 miles | 49 minutes

Bandera > Kerrville

26 miles | 29 minutes

Bandera > Kerrville

26 miles | 29 minutes

Bandera > Leakey (on the Frio River)

50 miles | 1 hr 3 min

Bandera > Leakey (on the Frio River)

50 miles | 1 hr 3 min

Bandera > Lost Maples State Natural Area

53 miles | 1 hr 3 min

Bandera > Lost Maples State Natural Area

53 miles | 1 hr 3 min

Bandera > Luckenbach Texas

56 miles | 1 hr 2 min

Bandera > Luckenbach Texas

56 miles | 1 hr 2 min

Bandera > Kerrville

26 miles | 29 minutes

Bandera > Kerrville

26 miles | 29 minutes

Bandera > Leakey (on the Frio River)

50 miles | 1 hr 3 min

Bandera > Leakey (on the Frio River)

50 miles | 1 hr 3 min

Bandera > Lost Maples State Natural Area

53 miles | 1 hr 3 min

Bandera > Lost Maples State Natural Area

53 miles | 1 hr 3 min

Bandera > Luckenbach Texas

56 miles | 1 hr 2 min

Bandera > Luckenbach Texas

56 miles | 1 hr 2 min

Bandera > Lyndon B Johnson State Park & Historic Site

64 miles | 1 hr 8 min

Bandera > Lyndon B Johnson State Park & Historic Site

64 miles | 1 hr 8 min

Bandera > River Walk (San Antonio)

55 miles | 1 hr 1 min

Bandera > River Walk (San Antonio)

55 miles | 1 hr 1 min

Bandera > Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels)

74 miles | 1 hr 26 min

Bandera > Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels)

74 miles | 1 hr 26 min

Bandera > Sea World (San Antonio)

41 miles | 55 min

Bandera > Sea World (San Antonio)

41 miles | 55 min

Bandera > Lyndon B Johnson State Park & Historic Site

64 miles | 1 hr 8 min

Bandera > Lyndon B Johnson State Park & Historic Site

64 miles | 1 hr 8 min

Bandera > River Walk (San Antonio)

55 miles | 1 hr 1 min

Bandera > River Walk (San Antonio)

55 miles | 1 hr 1 min

Bandera > Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels)

74 miles | 1 hr 26 min

Bandera > Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels)

74 miles | 1 hr 26 min

Bandera > Sea World (San Antonio)

41 miles | 55 min

Bandera > Sea World (San Antonio)

41 miles | 55 min

Bandera > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

39 miles | 45 min

Bandera > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

39 miles | 45 min

Bandera > The Alamo (San Antonio)

55 miles | 1 hr 2 min

The Alamo (San Antonio) > Bandera

55 miles | 1 hr 2 min

Bandera > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

39 miles | 45 min

Bandera > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

39 miles | 45 min

Bandera > The Alamo (San Antonio)

55 miles | 1 hr 2 min

The Alamo (San Antonio) > Bandera

55 miles | 1 hr 2 min
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