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A) Hill Country State Natural Area

Recreational activity centers around 40 miles of designated, multi-use trails. The park offers a backcountry setting for activities such as primitive camping, backpacking, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, equestrian camping, flora and fauna observation, and limited swimming and fishing (3 designated swimming areas are on West Verde Creek. Moderate fishing opportunities for catfish, perch, and large-mouth bass. learn more…

B) Mac & Ernie’s Roadside Eatery

Featured on the PREMIER episode of Diner’s Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri on The Food Network, as well as being featured on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on The Travel Channel. Lunch on Fridays and Saturdays includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and our famous Cabrito Burger. Dinners on Friday and Saturday night feature steaks, catfish, ancho chile honey basted quail and specials such as grilled pork tenderloin with a sweet-tart Vietnamese dipping sauce or grilled Tuna with roasted Jalapeno Mayonnaise. Dinners include baked potato and your choice of sauteed green beans or a salad sprinkled with feta cheese. Learn more…

C) Lost Maples State Natural Area

Archaeological evidence shows that this area was used by prehistoric peoples at various times. In historic times, which began with Spanish exploration and colonization efforts in the late 17th century, the Apache, Lipan Apache, and Comanche Indians ranged over the land and posed a threat to settlement well into the 19th century. Visitors enjoy picnicking, camping, backpacking, sightseeing, hiking, photography, birdwatching, fishing, swimming, and nature study. learn more…

D) Guadalupe River State Park

The park has 4 miles of river frontage and is located in the middle of a 9-mile stretch of the Guadalupe River. Park visitors may enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, fishing, swimming, tubing, picnicking, hiking, and camping. The park recently opened a 5.3 miles equestrian trail that is also open to mountain biking. No equestrian camping is available at the park. Opportunities also exist for less vigorous but more serene pursuits, such as bird watching and nature study. learn more…

Camp OTX

Camp OTX is located approximately 20 minutes from Chili Canyon Ranch. We are the perfect place to stay at before dropping your kids off at camp. You could also drop the kids off and head to Chili Canyon Ranch for some quiet time afterwards.  And even better you could do both!

Frontier Times Museum

“What a totally weird collection of stuff!” – Old West relics, Western art and antiques, plus Native American artifacts. Items range from centuries-old Chinese temple bells to Buffalo Bill Wild West Show posters. Open Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Cowboy Capital Rodeo Association Professional Rodeo

Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World, promises family fun for all in the Texas Hill Country as the Cowboy Capital Rodeo Assn presents its 28th annual PRCA Pro Rodeo. The 2011 Memorial Weekend Rodeo will be held on May 27, 28 and 29 at Mansfield Park. Performances are at 8 pm all 3 nights. Events include Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding and more! CCRA will host its 4th annual BBQ Cook-Off this year at Mansfield Park RV Campground. The 12th annual ‘Boot Kickin’ Golf Tournament will tee-off at the Flying L Golf Course. Activities for the kids include Mutton Bustin’, Calf Scramble and Stickhorse Races. Come to Bandera….where the fun never stops. learn more…

Lost Valley Resort Golf Course

The 18-hole “Lost Valley” course at the Lost Valley Resort Ranch facility in Bandera, Texas features 6,210 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 69.3 and it has a slope rating of 117 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Bob Putt, the Lost Valley golf course opened in 1966.

Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar Saloon

At street level there is a door you enter and head down to the basement where Arkey’s is located. Sawdust on the floor, red and white tablecloths, beat up old pinball machine, heavy real wood bar, pool table, jukebox full of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson, stage where many famous bands have played, and bullet holes in the ceiling. Super cheap ice cold beers with happy hour making it only a few bucks each. Arkey Blue and his band performs occasionally too, among others.

Been open since the 1930’s, and you can still sit down at the table on which Hank Williams Sr. carved his name and drink a cold one. It’s a real taste of simpler times.

E) Garner State Park

Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock here each year to enjoy its matchless vacation facilities. They swim in the clear waters of the Frio River, scoot its rapids on inner tubes, rent pedal boats, and hike its fascinating nature trails. On long summer evenings, young folks (and the young at heart) meet at the concession building for jukebox dancing every night during the summer season. Nearby is a miniature golf course, which is lighted for nighttime playing. Meals and snacks are served in the concession building, though many families prefer to take advantage of the many camping sites and do their own cooking. A limited number of cabins are available for rent. The park offers camping, hiking, nature study, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, swimming in the Frio River (unsupervised), seasonal miniature golf, paddle boat and kayak rentals (mid-March through Labor Day weekend), bike riding (surfaced). learn more…

Sabinal Canyon Museum

This museum exhibits pioneer farm implements and household items, Native American artifacts, geological exhibits, including fossils and minerals from the Sabinal River Canyon. There is also a World War II exhibit. Open Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 1–4 p.m. 830/966-3747.

Golf Utopia Golf Course

The 18-hole “Golf Utopia” course at the Golf Utopia-Riveroaks facility in Utopia, Texas features all the hallmarks of Texas golf. Golf Utopia golf course opened in 2001.

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