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Bandera is located in south-central Texas in Bandera County. This is the eastern part of the Edwards Plateau that is known as Texas Hill County. Other cities in the region include San Angelo, Austin, San Antonio and Del Rio. As of 2009, the estimated population of the town of Bandera was 1,216 residents. Bandera bills itself as the "Cowboy Capital of the World," and is an authentic Old West town where country-western music, community dances, and rodeos are still popular past times. Attractions in Bandera include the Frontier Times Museum, founded by J. Marvin Hunter and named for Hunters Frontier Times magazine. Two dude ranches are also located here; one of them a 725-acre working ranch that offers family-style meals, buffets and cook-outs. For outdoor recreation, Bandera is near Medina Lake, a reservoir in the Texas Hill County. Completed in 1913, Medina Lake is used for both recreational and irrigation purposes. The crescent-shaped reservoir is 18 miles long and three miles wide at its' widest point. The lake is contained by Medina Dam, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At the time of its' construction, it was the largest concrete dam in the country and the fourth largest in the world.

Surrounding areas: Pipe Creek, Texas (8.3 mi), Medina Lake, Texas (14.1 mi), Comfort, Texas (19.5 mi), Boerne, Texas (21.0 mi), Kerrville, Texas (22.5 mi), Ingram, Texas (26.2 mi), Hunt, Texas (28.5 mi)

Bandera Vacation Rentals

Bandera Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Ye Kendall Inn & Conference Center128 W Blanco RdBoerne, TX21.0 mi.(830) 249-2138
Borgman's Sunday House911 South MainBoerne, TX21.1 mi.(830) 249-9563
La Quinta Inn - Vance Jackson5922 I-10 WSan Antonio, TX23.1 mi.(210) 734-7931
Inn Of The Hills1001 Junction HwyKerrville, TX23.5 mi.(830) 895-5000
Comfort Inn2001 Sidney BakerKerrville, TX23.6 mi.(830) 792-7700
Yo Ranch Resort Hotel & Conference Center2033 Sidney BakerKerrville, TX23.6 mi.(830) 257-4440
Econo Lodge2105 Sidney Baker StKerrville, TX23.7 mi.(830) 896-1711
Quality Inn & Suites9522 Brimhall RdSan Antonio, TX25.8 mi.(210) 372-9900
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Fiesta Park13575 W Ih 10San Antonio, TX27.4 mi.(210) 690-5500
Landmark Inn State Historical Park402 FlorenceCastroville, TX28.4 mi.(512) 389-8900
Rodeway Inn Fiesta Park19793 I-10 WSan Antonio, TX28.9 mi.(210) 698-3991
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort9800 Hyatt Resort DrSan Antonio, TX29.7 mi.(210) 647-1234

Bandera Weather & Climate

The South-Central Hill Country has an arid climate, but sits on the edge of the humid subtropical climate zone. Summers are hot and winters are warm to cool. Spring and fall are comfortably warm. The area receives up to 48 inches of rain per year, with the wettest months being April and May. Widespread flooding is common. The central hill country receives about a dozen nights per year below freezing. Occasionally, there is sleet, freezing rain or snow. It's not uncommon for some winters to have no freezing precipitation at all. Tornadoes are possible, although not as common as in other areas of the state. July and August are the hottest months. The highest temperature recorded was 111 F in 2000, and the lowest recorded temperature ever was 0 F in January 1949.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 61°F 33°F 1.72 in. -
February 66°F 36°F 1.91 in. -
March 73°F 44°F 2.27 in. -
April 79°F 51°F 2.69 in. -
May 85°F 60°F 4.35 in. -
June 90°F 67°F 4.29 in. -
July 93°F 68°F 2.55 in. -
August 94°F 68°F 3.08 in. -
September 89°F 64°F 3.66 in. -
October 80°F 54°F 4.14 in. -
November 70°F 43°F 2.84 in. -
December 62°F 35°F 2.28 in. -

Bandera Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Kerrville Municipal Louis Schreiner Field (ERV) located about 17 miles north of Bandera in Kerrville, Texas, the Hondo Municipal airport (HDO) located approximately 26 miles south of Bandera in Hondo, Texas, the San Antonio International airport (SAT) located roughly 38 miles southeast of Bandera in San Antonio, Texas, and finally the San Marcos Municipal airport (HYI) located around 73 miles east of Bandera in San Marcos, Texas.

Bandera Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Kiddie Park Of San AntonioSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.
SeaWorld San AntonioSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.
Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.
Landa ParkNew BraunfelsTX57.0 mi.
Water Parks
Splashdown San AntonioSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark ResortNew BraunfelsTX57.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf CourseKerrvilleTX22.0 mi.
Oak Valley Driving Range & Par 3HelotesTX26.0 mi.
Hondo Golf CourseHondoTX27.0 mi.
Alsatian Golf ClubCastrovilleTX28.8 mi.
State Parks
Avalon State ParkTX13.7 mi. 
Kerrville State ParkTX19.2 mi. 
Gillespie Co. Historical Society Pioneer MuseumFredericksburgTX39.8 mi.(History)
Magic Lantern Castle MuseumSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.(History)
Wooden Nickel Historical MuseumSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Institute of Texan CulturesSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Marion Koogler McNay Art MuseumSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.(Art)
AlamoSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.(History)
Fort Sam Houston MuseumSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
San Antonio Zoological Gardens and AquariumSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.
Sea World of San AntonioSan AntonioTX40.7 mi.

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