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Texas Hill Country Region

Texas Hill Country Region

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:

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:

Bandera, 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: 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:

Bandera, 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:

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

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).

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

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:

Natural 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

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:

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 (8989).

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Last Update: August 30, 2004

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