Visiting Bandera and the surrounding areas makes for a fun weekend or more extended trip. Before you go, snag an RV, and make this a beautiful memory-building camping trip. Travel trailers are the most popular choice here. You can find options starting at about $75 per night. Alternatively, you may want to consider a Class C motorhome starting at about $150 per night for a five-star option. Pop-up campers, toy haulers, fifth-wheel campers, and larger motorhomes are also available.
Austin, Texas, is about 120 miles northeast of Bandera. You may want to tour the Texas State Capitol or listen to live musical performances on Sixth Street. Austin is also a great place to play on Lake Travis.
New Braunfels is a fun city to explore, especially in the summer, when you can float the Comal River and visit the Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Lake Canyon is just a short distance away. You will want to leave time to shop in the historic downtown area.
It is only about 50 miles to San Antonio from Bandera, and you can find lots to do there. Take a tour of the Alamo, and shop and dine along the Riverwalk. Be sure to visit San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
Step back in time to 1852, and you might meet Thomas Odom, A.M. Milstead, and P.D. Saner turning the tall cypress trees around Bandera into roofing shingles. These two early pioneers were joined about a year later by John James and Charles de Montel, who acquired the land and laid out Bandera’s streets and lots. The first permanent settler was Amasa Clark, who started Elmdale Nursery. You can still see some of the pear trees that he planted as his great-granddaughter and her husband are working to restore the property. Learn more about this area by stopping at the Bandera Natural History Museum.
In 1855, the first Polish settlers arrived, and you can still view their impact on Bandera today in many different locations. Most of these settlers went to work for the shingle-making company, and they soon established St. Stanislaus parish. Most early residents were of Polish descent, including those who served in government. Learn more about these pioneers by visiting the Town Mountain Miniatures Museum.
Head to the courthouse lawn, and examine the monument dedicating Bandera as the Cowboy Capital of the World. Very early, a large number of dude ranches were established in the area. You can still find trail ride options near Bandera running through gorgeous canyons and along scenic vistas. This city of about 833 people has the largest per capita number of world champion cowboys globally. It was also the starting point for a significant cattle drive trail ending in Dodge City, Kansas. Stop at the Frontier Times Museum to learn more details about this city’s history.
Visitors can find lots to do in and near Bandera. Go fishing, tubing, and swimming in the Medina River. Anglers will also want to test their skills by fishing in the Rock Cliff Reservoir. The Arkey Blues Silver Dollar Saloon is the oldest honky-tonk in the state. You will also want to get ice cream at the Bandera General Store, which is over 100 years old, and peruse the trophy animal heads, metal signs, arrowheads, and books that they sell.
Medina, Texas – Take a drive along the Twisted Sisters, especially in the spring, when the bluebells are blooming. Stop at the Old Timer to get gas.
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Comfort, Texas – Enjoy a stop at a distillery or brewery near Comfort after exploring James Kiehl River Bend Park.
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Kerrville, Texas – Take in the many beautiful parks that run along the Guadalupe River, and depending on when you visit, you can attend the yearly Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair.
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Bandera is a great place to explore the national parks in the west. You may want to start with a great hike in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, about 425 miles west of Bandera. From there, it's just a short drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. In addition to exploring the impressive cave, watch hundreds of bats exit the cave on summer evenings.
From there, head south about 241 miles to explore Big Bend National Park. This is a wonderful place to take a scenic drive along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive or go for a long-distance hike.
Lost Maples State Natural Area is a beautiful place to visit, especially in the fall, when the maple leaves are turning colors. This park, about 39 miles west of Bandera, features many great trails for hiking. There is a primitive campground where you can stay. Learn more about this unique ecosystem by stopping at the interpretative center.
Guadalupe River State Park near Spring Branch is a fantastic place for a tubing and floating adventure on the Guadalupe River. It is also a great place to go fishing, and fishing gear is available to rent from the park’s headquarters. There are also fantastic opportunities to go hiking and mountain bike riding.
Garner State Park near Concan is an excellent place to go swimming in the Frio River. You may also want to go fishing. Put some money in the jukebox to join the dancing fun, which has happened here for more than 80 years.
Stop and see the Bandera County Monument on the courthouse lawn. This monument, enclosed inside a wire fence with a roof over it, pays tribute to all the champion cowboys and cowgirls who have ties to Bandera. The statue depicts a cowboy on a horse leaning to the right with a lasso. The cowboy is preparing to dismount after lassoing the calf. Additionally, within or near Western Trail Heritage Park are eight historical markers where you can learn more about the cowboy history of this city.
11th Street Cowboy Mardi Gras – Eat Cajun food and listen to country and western music during this February weekend festival.
Mayhem on the Medina – Watch historical reenactments and listen to country music during this April festival.
Bandera ProRodeo – This three-day event includes three nights of rodeo fun, a parade, and other activities.
Celebrate Bandera – Events during this family-friendly weekend focus on the city’s western heritage.
Bandera City Park – Fishing, swimming, and picnic areas with barbecue pits are available at this downtown city park, where a small admission fee is charged.
Hill County State Natural Area – Go primitive camping, backpacking, and nature watching at this state park. There are also plenty of trails for hiking and horseback riding.
Medina Lake Park – Go fishing, boating, and swimming at this country park.
You can find many campgrounds near Bandera, but you may also want to consider choices in San Antonio. The San Antonio/Alamo KOA Holiday offers full hookups about 10 minutes from downtown San Antonio. They have an eight-mile bike trail. You may also want to consider Greenlake RV Resort in Southwest San Antonio. It provides a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, computer room, and fitness center. Another fantastic choice is Blazing Star Luxury RV Resort. This Sun RV Resort features a pool, fitness center, and game room.
Many campgrounds near Bandera offer RV dump stations, including Clark's Riverside RV Park, Sionito RV Park, and Top of the Hill RV Resort. There is a dump station at Mansfield Park. The city of Kerrville offers an RV dump station at Kerrville-Schreiner Park. You can also find a dump station at Joe's Place Marina & Resort. Contact the individual operator about the hours and cost as they may change frequently.
RV storage can be challenging to find near Bandera. Your best chance may be to head west to New Braunfels. Store and More offers covered and uncovered outdoor parking for RVs. Indoor storage of smaller RVs is available at Ferryboat Storage on Lake Dunlap’s banks. Lone Star Storage offers covered storage near the municipal sports complex. New Braunfels Storage provides a variety of sizes of outdoor parking spaces.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in Bandera, TX, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Bandera?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Bandera from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Bandera?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.