DescriptionThe cypress trees that line the Medina River lured settlers to Bandera in 1853 to establish a lumber mill. In the 1870s the town was a staging area for large cattle drives through Bandera Pass and along the Western Trail to Montana and Kansas, earning the town the title of “Cowboy Capital of the World.”
Modern Bandera is surrounded by dude ranches, and the cypress trees shade visitors canoeing, kayaking or tubing down the Medina River. Nearby Medina Lake offers water sports and excellent year-round fishing. Hill Country State Natural Area, west near Tarpley, is popular with equestrians, while Lost Maples State Natural Area, northwest near Vanderpool, offers exceptional wildlife viewing and autumn foliage.
Visitor InfoBandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau 126 SR 16S BANDERA, TX 78003. Phone:(830)796-3045 or (800)364-3833
Horseback RidingRancho Cortez