Wanna be a cowboy? That’s an easy order to fill in Bandera TX, nicknamed “The Cowboy Capital of the World.” In this community, located 50 miles northwest of San Antonio on TX 16, you can’t toss a horseshoe without hitting a dude ranch, rodeo ground, western wear store or dance hall.

Bandera’s Western heritage is a big draw to today’s travelers but its roots date back to the founding days of Texas. Bandera Pass, located twelve miles north on TX Hwy. 173, was first the site of numerous battles between the Spanish conquistadors and both Apache and Comanche Indians. According to one local legend, a flag (or bandera in Spanish) was placed here to mark the border between the forces.

Today the Wild West atmosphere lives on both in town and in the surrounding dude ranches. Whether you’d like to “cowboy up” for a few days at a dude ranch or just grab some boots and dance to Western tunes along Main Street, Bandera TX has plenty of opportunities to get in touch with your inner cowboy.

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