Bandera is well known and respected as the Cowboy Capital of the World.
Bandera was founded 1852 as a cypress shingle camp, and the site of a Mormon colony established in 1854. It is one of the oldest Polish communities in the U.S. An authentic Western town, surrounded both by 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.
Horseback riding is available, plus swimming in resort pools or clear Hill Country lakes and rivers. Visitors enjoy fine year-round fishing, hunting in season for wild turkey and white-tailed deer, camping, hiking, rodeos, horse races, two 18-hole golf courses, and Country/Western dances.
Minimum development characterizes the Hill Country State Natural Area, a 5,369-acre park in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Primitive camping is permitted in a 20-acre designated site. Horseback riding, backpacking, and hiking are popular activities. It is located on F.M. 1077, at 10600 Bandera Creek Rd, 10 miles west of town.
Whether you call them Dude or Guest Ranches, Bandera has plenty. Some are rustic. Others are equipped with all the modern conveniences.
Walking or driving tours of are available. See the original jail and County Courthouse and some of the oldest buildings in Bandera County along historic Eleventh St. Also, you can watch saddle makers and blacksmiths. You can also tour a working Longhorn ranch. Information on self-guided tours can be picked up at the Bandera Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Scenic Drives – There are beautiful Hill Country landscapes in almost any direction. Texas Monthly ranks the drive from Medina to Leakey on Ranch-to-Market Road 337 as 18th in an article titled “75 Things We Love About Texas”. Many folks rate this area as the most beautiful drive in Texas.
Texas 173 North winds through scenic vistas to Camp Verde and Kerrville. Texas 173 South rolls to the southern edge of the hills and enters the lower South Texas Plains. Texas 46 East explores steep-shouldered scenery through community of Pipe Creek to the German-accented town of Boerne. Texas 16 and F.M. 470 West is one of the most dramatic. Blue hills enfold small green valleys threaded by sparkling creeks.
Hill Country Day Trippin’
There’s 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 based in Bandera, you can stay as long as you want and experience an abundance of places to go and things to see and do.
Here are a couple of the possibilities:
|City/Attraction||Miles||Approximate Drive Time||Click Below for Directions|
|Kerrville||26 miles||29 min||Directions|
|Hunt||38 miles||49 min||Directions|
|Fredericksburg||50 miles||54 min||Directions|
|Luckenbach Texas||56 miles||1 hr 2 min||Directions|
|Comfort||29 miles||31 min||Directions|
|Boerne||25 miles||32 min||Directions|
|Leakey (on the Frio River)||50 miles||1 hr 3 min||Directions|
|Concan (on the Frio River)||57 miles||1 hr 6 min||Directions|
|Lost Maples State Natural Area||53 miles||1 hr 3 min||Directions|
|Garner State Park||49 miles||58 min||Directions|
|Enchanted Rock State Natural Area||66 miles||1 hr 15 min||Directions|
|The Alamo (San Antonio)||55 miles||1 hr 2 min||Directions|
|Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels)||74 miles||1 hr 26 min||Directions|
|Sea World (San Antonio)||41 miles||55 min||Directions|
|Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)(San Antonio)||39 miles||45 min||Directions|
|River Walk (San Antonio)||55 miles||1 hr 1 min||Directions|
|Lyndon B Johnson State Park & Historic Site||64 miles||1 hr 8 min||Directions|
|Hill Country State Natural Area||12 miles||20 min||Directions|
|Source: Google Maps|