Bandera: Cowboy Capital of the World
In a rugged county filled with hills, rivers, and a sprawling lake, the small town of Bandera holds a really big place in the hearts of Texans. Located in the beloved Texas Hill Country less than an hour from San Antonio, Bandera reminds us of a different, more authentic, era, when a handshake was all the contract you needed, self-reliance was the norm, and chivalry was a given. There is a spirit of independence and individualism here that speaks of the cowboy tradition of hard work and hard play. Bandera embodies the cowboy in its strong rodeo tradition. Even today you'll often see horses tied to downtown hitching posts. Bandera County dude ranches offer a taste of the cowboy lifestyle with horseback riding, trail rides, and chuckwagon meals. Secluded cabins tucked away in the hills throughout the county are perfect for watching wildlife, listening to the birds, and gazing at the stars. At local honky-tonks, the music is lively, the dance floor is full, and the beverages are cold.
The cowboy music culture is also alive in Bandera. From when you rise up in the morning for a cowboy breakfast to relaxing in the evening around a fire or in one of our honky-tonks, music still permeates the lifestyle. Visit the Bandera Music Hall of Fame to learn about the musicians that call Bandera home and continue the heritage.
After enjoying the cowboy lifestyle you can relax in our rivers, lakes or venture over to the water park to try the water slides, and even stand underneath the water bucket.
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