Bandera, Texas, the Cowboy Capital of World is nestled in the Texas Hill Country.A landscape filled with crystal clear rivers and streams with canopies of juniper, cypress and oak trees covering the limestone hills is less than an hour’s drive from San Antonio.It is a place that beckons to be explored afoot, on horseback, and even astride this century’s popular horsepower, the motorcycle. Bandera is akin to a well-crafted stew where the ingredients of natural beauty, tradition, history, and the cowboy way of life blend together to create a warm, rich feeling of satisfaction and comfort.
Settle into one of the area dude ranches to get a real feel of Bandera’s cowboy life. Starting with breakfast, expect Texas sized home-cooked meals, often served outdoors. Morningconversations filled with anticipation of the day’s awaiting adventures either horseback riding or hiking. Evening conversations are often filled with recounting the day’s activities around a glowing campfire and gazing at the stars. No one is a stranger.
Spend some time in town shoppingfor custom jewelry or that once in a lifetime find at various marketplaces. Bandera’s three museums, the Frontier Times, Bandera Natural History, and Town Mountain Miniature are all worthy of a trip.
Although Bandera’s population is less than 900, its music scene is robust with live music at no less than one location nightly and on the weekends many more. You can two-step to genuine Texas country music, attend picker’s circles and songwriter’s circles around town, and even a gospel brunch on Sundays.
Celebrations are plentiful. Three of the most popular events all highlight our cowboy heritage. The 11th Street Cowboy Bar’s Cowboy Mardi Gras, a three-day celebration two weekends before Ash Wednesday, kicks off the year. The Bandera ProRodeo PRCA Rodeo Memorial Day Weekend kicks off a whole summer series of local rodeos. And Bandera Round-Up Labor Day Weekend features a Texas longhorn cattle drive down Main Street. Mixed in with these are several large motorcycle rallies held throughout the year. And even a Cajun Festivaltoo.
As you can see Bandera is like a well-prepared stew, where all of the ingredients come together to produce an experience like no other. For more information visit www.BanderaCowboyCapital.com.