Bandera, Texas, the Cowboy Capital of the World!

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Every town in the United States has its claim to fame, and there are dozens in the great American West that celebrate that truly American icon: The Cowboy. But only Bandera, Texas embodies the history and lore of the Cowboy in such a manner that truly earns it the title of The Cowboy Capital of the World.

This jewel of the Texas Hill Country was founded by Polish immigrants in the 1830s, and during the course of its early history, cultural contributions were made by not only European immigrants, but Native Americans and Mexicans, as well, creating a unique society that could only have taken place in the future Lone Star State. “Bandera” itself—named for a flag that was displayed early in the town's history—is both the Polish and Spanish word for “flag.”

Toward the latter half of the 19th century, Bandera became known throughout the country as the starting point of the Great Western Cattle Trail. This was the longest cattle drive in the world, and it helped to popularize the Texas Longhorn breed all the way up into Canada. The Great Western Cattle Trail—and the important role Bandera played in it—also established the reputation of the great American Cowboy. Bandera, as the starting point of the Great Western Cattle Trail, also became well-known for sprawling cattle ranches. When the cowboys weren't working the trail, a great many of them called Bandera home—the Cowboy Capital of the World!

With so many cowboys calling Bandera home, it came as no surprise that the area played a pivotal role in the sport of rodeo. With the expansion of railroad lines, the use of barbed-wire fences, and bitterly cold and snowy winters, among other factors, the cowboy-on-horseback cattle drives became obsolete by the turn of the 20th century. However, during this same period of time, performance and competitive rodeos grew in popularity—and many of the greatest rodeo cowboys hailed from the Bandera area. As a matter of fact, there stands a memorial on the Bandera Courthouse lawn celebrating the numerous National Rodeo Champions from Bandera.

Between Bandera's location in the gorgeous Texas Hill Country, and its genuinely American cowboy history, there's no shortage of things to do there! At the bottom of this page, Backroads Reservations is proud to present a curated and linked list of the businesses, events, attractions and more the Bandera region has to offer. Make sure you download our Hill Country Travel Guide app on iPhone and Android!

As much as there is to do in Bandera, sometimes the greatest getaway involves doing nothing at all—and there's no more beautiful area in Texas than the Hill Country region in which to “unplug” and unwind. Whether you want to soak in the cowboy experience Bandera has to offer, or if you'd just like some time away to relax, Bandera fills the bill.

Take a look at these unique and beautiful rental properties in the Bandera area. Whether you're looking for a full family outing, a great place to watch the 2023 Ring of Fire and 2024 Total Solar eclipses, or some simple and solitary “me time,” we've got just the place for you, handy to events and locations, with the breathtaking vistas only the Texas Hill Country can offer. At Backroads Reservations, we're proud to call Bandera our home. Pay us a visit!

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