Bandera County

By Madeline McGregor


Bandera County was created in 1856 by combining parts of Bexar (San Antonio) and Uvalde Counties. The history of the area is recorded as early as 1528 when Cabeza de Vaca reportedly camped at the headwaters of the Sabinal River, in the western-most part of the county. The first Europeans to explore in what is now Bandera County were the Spanish. Bandera in Spanish means flag.

What is there to do?

Bandera County has 2 State Natural Areas which offers 5,400 acres of land for visitors to enjoy activities. You can drive along one of the top-rated scenic drives in their beautiful Hill Country. Since it is the Cowboy Capital of the world, you can live like a cowboy at one of their numerous dude & guest ranches, go to a rodeo, or witness a gunfight reenactment. You can also visit museums, go biking, horseback riding, scenic drives, parks, hunting, shopping, water activities, golf, and lots of kid games, camps, and events.