Location of Seco Springs Adventures

Bandera, Texas: Cowboy Capital of the World



In a rugged county filled with hills, rivers, and a sprawling lake, the small town of Bandera holds a really big place in the hearts of Texans. Located in the beloved Texas Hill Country less than an hour from San Antonio, Bandera reminds us of a different, more authentic, era, when a handshake was all the contract you needed, self-reliance was the norm, and chivalry was a given. There is a spirit of independence and individualism here that speaks of the cowboy tradition of hard work and hard play. 

Local Shopping

Bandera embodies the cowboy in its strong rodeo tradition. Even today you'll often see horses tied to downtown hitching posts. You can find elements of the past still alive and thriving such as:

Bucking Pony Leather
A shop that specializes in custom handmade leather goods

Gunslinger
For authentic Texas made clothing to furniture.

Graceful
for more feminine clothing

Local Dining

The food in Bandera is legendary with restaurants including:

The Laurel Tree
Offering one of a kind European-style "Guest Table" experience with a charming rock building and garden set among 400-year old oak trees.

Old Spanish Trail
Boasting such cowboy favorites as "All you can eat chicken strips and cream gravy". 

At local honky-tonks such as the 11th Street Cowboy Bar, the music is lively, the dance floor is full, and the beverages are cold.

Nearby Points of Interest

Garner State Park
Only a 45 minute drive from Seco Springs Ranch front gate. 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.

Lost Maples State Park
Only a 45 minute drive from Seco Springs Ranch front gate, which gives guided tours of the beautiful hill country it shares with Seco Springs Ranch.

In August 2010 Utopia was the site of filming for a movie called "Seven Days in Utopia", starring Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Kathy Baker, Melissa Leo, Brian Geraghty, Deborah Ann Woll. Known for wonderful birding year around; our area is a world - class birding & wildlife viewing destination! One of the best places to see many Texas specialty birds; including the Golden - cheeked Warbler, Black - capped Vireo, Vermilion flycatcher and all 3 King - fisher varieties! Nature Guides are available to take you on private ranches and properties.

Directions to Seco Springs Adventures


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Directions from 470 : If you are coming from Bandera/Tarpley then you will make a right turn onto North Seco Creek road ( do not cross Seco Creek)

If coming from Utopia/Vanderpool you would cross Seco Creek and then make a left onto N. Seco Creek Road. This is a caliche road on private property so please go slow and watch out for livestock! The entrance to Seco Springs Adventures is 3 miles off Hwy 470. The road will wind and fork several times...at each fork veer to the right side of the fork. You will come to a gate marked Might Mountain Ranch..no trespassing. You must go thru that gate and close it to get to Seco Springs Adventures...which is another mile straight ahead.

Using the gate code provided you will enter Seco Springs Adventures and again veer to the right side of the fork at the flagpole. Continue to the casttle guard/gate (leaving it as you found it) then proceed directly ahead. The road will T at the top of the hill, turn right and continue winding down and around that road until you are passing a cedar post fence on the right which will lead you to the entrance to the Lodge.