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Grab your chaps, your Stetson, and a pair of spurs—when you book one of our Bandera vacation rentals, you'll be on your way to the Cowboy Capital of the World.

Our Bandera lodging in Texas Hill Country offers a bit of nature, a bit of culture, and a lot of history, all rolled around in a Western flair that is impossible to resist.

Where Is Bandera, Texas?

Bandera is tucked in the Texas hillsides, and shaped by the Medina River. The small town sits just over 50 miles northwest of vibrant San Antonio, and under 120 miles from weird-and-wild Austin.

Bandera, Texas: The Cowboy Capital of the World

Bandera takes its title as "Cowboy Capital of the World" quite seriously - in fact, the state senate passed a resolution in 2012 making the nickname official. So it's no wonder that when you stay in one of these Texas vacation rentals, you're bound to see a cowboy or two...or three or four!

Anywhere you go on the main drag of Bandera, you're sure to run into the Cowboys on Main doing gun reenactments, showing off their rope trips, singing...or even riding along the drag on a horse, a chuckwagon, or a Texas longhorn! Heck, don't be surprised if you see a horse tied up to a bike rack, or get stopped in your car to let a cattle drive of longhorns pass through.

Dude Ranches & Rodeos Near Bandera, TX

Hang out with the cowboys up close and personal at one of the many guest ranches around town, like the 2E Twin Elm Guest Ranch or the Dixie Dude Ranch. Take a trail ride, enjoy a saddle bag or catered lunch, and learn the history of the area from a knowledgeable cowboy.

If you enjoy the excitement of the West but are not much for riding, check out one of the many rodeos that happen all season long, and include all the classics like barrel racing, bull riding, and "mutton busting".

Things to Do in Bandera

After you've gotten settled into your Bandera lodging, stop by one of the local establishments for a decidedly Texas take on nightlife. Check out the 11th Street Cowboy Bar for live music and steak nights on Wednesdays, or the Chikin Coop for a jam session on Sunday afternoon.

Check out the events calendar at the visitors' center for the next honky-tonk. Many dances include lessons for beginners and a welcoming atmosphere for families with young children. Everyone can join in - even those with two left feet!

Take a break from the cowboy life to experience the Bandera Historical Walking Tour, leading you through some of the oldest buildings and institutions in the town.

Our Bandera lodging is a way to experience the West up close with some of the friendliest people on earth - so book a stay today, and don't forget to bring your boots!

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