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Bandera

Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World”, Bandera is located less than 1 hour from downtown San Antonio, Texas in the historic Texas Hill Country.  Bandera was founded as the seat of Bandera County in the 1850’s, both were named for the nearby Bandera Pass.  The town became a strategic staging area for the cattle industry following the Civil War.  In fact, most of the cattle drives up the Dodge City Trail to Kansas started in Bandera.  Many farmers traded in their ploughs and sought their fortunes in the cattle industry.  Thus, began a cowboy culture that continues to influence the area today.  In fact, you may even see a modern day cowboy riding their horse down Main Street.  In the 1930’s Bandera County saw an explosion in tourism as many Americans sought a western cowboy experience at one of the Dude Ranches that popped in the area.  Since that time Bandera has had a tourist friendly atmosphere that seeks to share our local traditions and experiences with others.  In fact on most Saturday’s you can even see a real life wild west gun fight reenactment at the City Plaza across from the County Court or you can check any one of the area’s many rodeos (check the city’s website www.banderacowboycapital.com for more details).

We would also recommend that while you are in the area you check out the following near by attractions:

  • The historic Camp Verde General Store located just north of Bandera off of Hwy 173.  The General Store has great shopping in the old limestone fort and good food.
  • Medina, Texas the “Apple Capital of Texas” located 13 miles west of Bandera and an even shorter drive from the Diamond H.
  • Lost Maples State Natural Area.