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Upcoming Events

Mounted Scavenger Hunt & Trail Ride
Bandera Market Days
16th Annual Medina River Cleanup
Frontier Times Museum Cowboy Camp
Bandera Regulars 54th Memorial Day Trail Ride
Friday - Monday
05/27 - 05/30/16
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Things to Do: Scenic Drives

One of the most pleasurable experiences in visiting Bandera County and the Texas Hill Country is scenic drives throughout the region. Roadways throughout the region offer majestic vistas from rugged limestone hills and quiet serene paths along river valleys. We have offered several “loops” that are favorites, but we encourage you to find your own special scenic road. Pickup a driving map at the Visitors Center and go explore. You’ll find that the “getting there” can be as much fun as “being there.” And remember to stop in all the little towns along the way. Each is filled with its own charm.


"Swiss Alps of Texas"

Often referred to as the "Swiss Alps of Texas,"  this approximately 85 mile loop allows you to cross both the Medina and the Sabinal Rivers many times, and takes you through majestic vistas ranging in elevation from 1,400 to 2,150 feet above sea level. 

1.  Head North from Bandera on Hwy 16 to Medina.

2.  In Medina go West on Hwy 337 towards Vanderpool to Hwy 187.  (At this junction you may want to go North on Hwy 187 for several miles to visit  the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum and/or Lost Maples State Natural Area.)

3. Go South on Hwy 187.

4.  Go East on Hwy 470 and return to Bandera via Tarpley.

5.  Go South on Hwy 16 to return to Bandera

Medina, Sabinal and Frio River Loop

Adding just a few more miles to the "Swiss Alps" loop allows you to also experience the vistas and valleys of the Frio River.  This loop is approximately 100 miles total.

1.  Head North from Bandera on Hwy 16.

2.  In Medina go West on Hwy 337 to Vanderpool and Leakey.

3.  In Leakey turn South on Hwy 83 to Garner State Park.

4.  Turn Left on Hwy 1050 to Utopia.

5.  Turn left on Hwy 187 in Utopia.

6. Turn right, Heading North, on Hwy 470 to Tarpley.

7. Continue on Hwy 470 to Hwy 16 and turn right to Bandera.



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126 State Highway 16 S, P.O. Box 171, Bandera, TX 78003 · 1-800-364-3833 ·

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