11 Amazing Things to Do in Bandera, Texas

Downtown Bandera, Texas

Texas has more than a few cities and towns that are absolute gems. Bandera is easily one of those cities. There are plenty of things to do in Bandera, but first let’s give you a little rundown on the city.

The city has been dubbed the “Cowboy Capital of the World”, and with good reason. There are more Rodeo champions out of Bandera than any other city in Texas that are around the same size.

Where is Bandera?

Bandera, Texas is located approximately 1 hour northwest of San Antonio. From San Antonio you will travel on Bandera Road all the way to Bandera.

Bandera’s Dude Ranches

Bandera has over 12 established Dude Ranches to choose from. With the Texas Hill country as the backdrop, it’s no wonder. We’ll cover the top three Dude Ranches in Bandera, but will include the smaller ones in future updates.

Dixie Dude Ranch

The Dixie Dude Ranch is the most popular ranch in Bandera. It has been in operation since 1901.

They boast a near 5-star rating on their Yelp page. This review from a happy patron makes it easy to see why and well worth the read if you are planning a visit.

The Dixie Dude Ranch has many amenities to choose from. They have a swimming poot with jacuzzi, recreational areas for adults and children, fantastic family styled meals that can be enjoyed indoor or outdoors, a seasonal fishing pond, and large front porches to relax and take it all in with your family.

They offer horseback riding as their main attraction. Their experienced guides will help get you saddled and make everyone feel at ease.

They also have several massage therapists on hand to help work out any last bits of stress you might have brought from the city.

Mayan Dude Ranch

The Mayan Dude Ranch is another highly acclaimed ranch that is owned and operated by the Hicks family for over 50 years.

Activities to enjoy throughout the day abound at the Mayan. Here are just a few:

  • Talent show from the staff, patrons are invited to show off any skills also!
  • Star-gazing with a bona fide astronomer
  • Hay rides
  • Huge Brunches
  • Hoe downs
  • Horse rides

Rancho Cortez Dude Ranch


Bandera has a number of spots that are well worth stopping for. Here are our must-stops!

The Hen’s Nest

One of the best things you can do when visiting a smaller rural town is to find the little gems with great food and people. The Hen’s Nest is one of these gems with home cooking that is top-notch, and authentic hospitality that will brighten your whole day.

The breakfasts are incredible, and a must-try is the jalapeno popper waffle sandwich. Yes, that’s a thing!