TourTexas Nature Trails
Texas Hill Country
A directory of Texas Nature Tourism activities,
destinations and services in the Texas Hill Country Region.
Bandera, Texas- Dixie Dude Ranch
Overnight Trail Ride Package. Come Play Cowboy With Us! This
exclusive package invites the hearty adventurer (adults only)
to experience the Texas Hill Country from the back of a horse
and under a blanket of beautiful stars. The two night minimum
package includes one night at Dixie Dude Ranch and the second
night on the trail with a handful of experienced cowboys and
range cooks. The groups must have a minimum of two persons and
a maximum of twenty persons. Happy Trails from the folks at Dixie Dude Ranch. For more information, please visit our website: www.dixieduderanch.com/overnight.html.
Situated in one of the naturally beautiful
areas of Texas, Bandera County beckons
visitors to share a taste of the Old West set against a backdrop
of the spectacular scenery of the Texas Hill Country. Bandera's
title, "Cowboy Capital of the World" originated when
it became a staging area for the great cattle drives of yesteryear.
When ranching fell on hard times in the 1930's, an enterprising
rancher decided to take in "dudes" to help him through
the depression. An exciting new industry was born! It continues
to flourish today with a number of excellent Dude Ranches operating
throughout Bandera County, Texas. Confirming Bandera as the "Cowboy
Capital of the World", a bronze monument, honoring the many
National Rodeo Champions who call Bandera, Texas home, stands on
the courthouse lawn. Enhancing the western character, a working
blacksmith's shop on Main Street recalls the horse-and-buggy
era when the forge was the center of every town's activities.
For more information, please visit our website: www.banderacowboycapital.com.
Texas - Running-R Ranch - 9 miles out of Bandera on
FM 1077; Rt. 1, Box 590, Bandera, TX 78003; (830) 796-3984,
Fax (830) 796-8189, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 13 wood-built
cabins (Cedar furniture, private bathroom, refrigerator, porch).
The perfect ranch for horseback riding (over 5,500 acres and
about 40 miles of trails, adjacent to Hill Country State Natural
Area!). Big arena for training and lessons. Cook-outs, breakfast
rides, campfires, hayrides and lot more (See our Longhorns!).
Round-up Room with open fire, TV, pool table. Beautiful swimming
pool. Enjoy your stay on a ranch where you arrive as a guest
and leave as a friend! MC, VI.
Bandera, Texas- Flying
L Guest Ranch - 42 spacious suites with microwave,
refrigerators, coffee pots, cable TV. Trail rides, Texas-size
pool, hayrides, seasonal Children's Programs, 18-hole championship
golf course & driving range, lighted tennis , petting corral
and playground, dancing, trick roping, and much more! All buffet
meals. Ideal for family getaways and vacations, family reunions
as well as group and corporate retreats. Ask about Seasonal
Packages. AE,MC,VI,DVC. 1 mile from Bandera off Highway 173
S.; P.O. Box 1959, Bandera, TX 78003; 1-800-292-5134; Fax:
(830) 796-8455. E-mail: email@example.com.
Texas- Hill Country Equestrian Lodge. Ride your horse
or one of ours in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. We have
6,000 acres for riding, bird watching, hiking, and nature loving.
Luxury accommodations in private cabins or suites. Overnight
boarding for horses available. 10 miles west of Bandera for
restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. Golf and tubing nearby.
For more information, call (830) 796-7950.
Boerne, Texas is a town with
a rich German heritage nestled in the Texas Hill Country, just
22 miles north on IH 10 from San Antonio. Brimming with specialty
shops, antique shops, fine restaurants and art galleries, Boerne has
something for everyone. Bring the family, enjoy fishing and picnicking
beside the Cibolo Creek that runs through town. Visit the renown Cibolo
Nature Center where you can explore the dinosaur tracks, hiking
trails, the Cibolo Creek where cypress trees tower overhead. This
natural habitat features wildlife, woodlands and greenbelt that
you won't soon forget. Visit us soon, and discover Boerne for yourself.
Boerne, the Best of Yesterday and Today. For more information,
please contact the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-842-8080
or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A NEW WAY TO PLAY! The Hill Country's
newest recreation destination, Canyon
of the Eagles. Over 940 acres on Lake Buchanan.
Most have been set aside as a nature preserve for the North American
Bald Eagle, black-capped vireo, and golden-cheeked warbler. The
park, 150 acres, features 64 room lodge, conference center, dining
facility, camping, RV site, hiking trails and a five mile beach.
New home of the Vanishing Texas River Cruise. For more information,
call 1-800-977-0081, or visit us online at www.canyonoftheeagles.com.
Cedar Park, Texas. An authentic steam train, the Hill Country Flyer is as enchanting as it is thrilling. Board the train in Cedar Park, then slip into the past as you embark on a fascinating voyage through the scenic Hill Country. A variety of year-round excursion packages offer entertaining journeys for an unforgettable travel experience.
For more information, call (215) 477-8468 or Click Here for the Cedar Park Visitors Guide.
Eldorado, Texas - X Bar Ranch. 5
N. Divide/ P.O. Box 696, Eldorado, Texas 76936; 1-888-853-2688.
Discover this beautiful Southwest Texas working ranch for an authentic
ranch experience and the best in nature tourism. Enjoy horseback
riding, nature trails, mountain biking, birding, cultural excursions,
etc. Private accommodations range from deluxe to rustic and include
houses and cabins, camping is also available. Rates range from
$50/65 for singles, $45/56 doubles, extra person(s) and children
$17, kids under 3 free. The ranch is southwest of Eldorado off
of I-10 west of Sonora. Day guest welcome. Reservations always
required. Check in at business office in Eldorado (5 N. Divide,
across 277 from courthouse). http://www.xbarranch.com.
Come to the river and hills of the Friday
Ranch for an outdoor experience that will quench your thirst
for a face experience with nature. Whether you desire comfort
or a remote primitive campsite, we will accommodate you. Located
in the northwest corner of Uvalde county are 7,000 acres of rugged
hills, cedar canyons, oak groves, mesquite flats and river bottoms.
This unique working ranch is stocked with sheep, goats, cattle,
along with the horses necessary to run the operation. Directions:
From I-10 San Antonio take highway 90 west to Uvalde. In downtown
Uvalde, take highway 83 north thru town, travel over the overpass
taking an immediate left onto highway 55, travel 20.5 miles turning
right onto country road 408. Stay on the county road, cross the
low concrete bridge and proceed thru silver bumpgate up the road
to Friday Ranch gate entrance on the right. For more information,
please call 830-597-3257.
Discover the natural heritage of the
Hill Country at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center,
just south of downtown Austin. Our grounds include more than 400
species of native plants, a Visitors Gallery, a diverse array of
gardens, award-winning architecture, the Wildflower Café, and Wild
Ideas: The Store. We invite you to stroll our trails, accompanied
by the music of water trickling through our ponds and our new Hill
Country Stream. After a tour, take in a cup of tea as you enjoy
the vistas from the Observation Tower. Call (512)292-4200 for information
on tours, programs, and events; or visit us online at www.wildflower.org.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical
Park is open 363 days a year. The park is in two locations:
Johnson City and Stonewall. Plan your day at the Visitor Center
in Johnson City, view a film or enjoy an exhibit. Tour the LBJ
Boyhood Home or experience the Texas Frontier at the Johnson
Settlement. Drive 14 miles west to the LBJ Ranch, near Stonewall.
Experience the comfort of a ranger-guided bus tour, including
LBJ's birthplace, first school, the "Texas White House" (exterior
only), the show barn, and his grave site. Need more information?
Call (830) 868-7128, extension 231 or 244. Y'all come visit!
Also visit us on the web at: http://www.nps.gov/lyjo.
Bridge Wildlife Ranch - Fora & Fauna Abound - From
the comfort of your vehicle, experience an African Safari,
Texas Style. Hundreds of native & exotic wildlife from
around the world find their home on this picturesque, historic
Hill Country ranch. Natural Wildlife Ranch is the embodiment
of the Texas Hill Country, abundant with native wildlife (and
over 50 species of exotic animals); native limestone rock;
and native vegetation, such as ash junipers, various oak trees,
cacti, Mexican paint brushes, bluebonnets, and many other native
flora. The drive through is bordered by a working ranch, and
the picturesque Cibolo Creek. Come spend the day with our family
of wildlife in their picturesque Hill Country home. For more
information, click here.
Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio,
Texas offers guided tours through a large system of underground
chambers. See spectacular formations in an hour-and-fifteen minute
tour. Designated by the Department of the Interior as a Registered
U.S. Landmark, and by the Texas Historical Commission as a Texas
Historical Site. Natural Bridge Caverns - A Naturally Incredible
Attraction! For more information, please visit us at www.tourtexas.com/caverns.
Southwest Texas State University purchased Aquarena
Springs in l994, changing the focus of the former theme park
from entertainment to preservation and education. The 90 acre
acquisition has enabled SWT to preserve the beautiful, ecologically
fragile site for the state while opening up classroom, lab and
research possibilities for the university. Entrance to the park,
now called Aquarena Center is free of charge. Situated
at the headwaters of the San Marcos River the Center offers a
variety of experiences including: glass bottom boat rides, an
endangered species aquarium, historic buildings, nature trails,
archeology exhibits and active dig sites, humming bird and butterfly
gardens and a wetlands demonstration area. Visitors can also
view and interact with educational exhibits or book facilities
for weddings, banquets and conferences. Group tours, for 15 or
more can be booked through the Group Tour office. For more information
visit our web site at: www.continuing-ed.swt.edu/aquarena.
Find touring and travel opportunities
for visitors to Central Texas. Texpert Tours takes people
of all ages to fascinating natural and historic places around Austin
and provides comprehensive background information about the sites.
These tours are fun, comfortable, interesting, and, above all,
Texas-friendly! For more information, call Howie Richey at 512-383-TXTX
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August 30, 2004
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