Convenient to the bustling community of Bandera yet poised amidst the Hill Country's scenic beauty along the gentle Medina River, Clearwater Canyon offers relaxing solitude, not to mention unsurpassed quality and value.
Bandera is only 19 miles from Boerne, a very commutable 32 miles from San Antonio, Texas and the scenic drive to Kerrville is just 25 miles. Now you can practically live on a ranch without leaving the city.
Not to mention, Clearwater Canyon is a magnificently preserved piece of Bandera history. At Clearwater Canyon, you'll splash in waters that were visited by Native Americans, walk the land where thousands of longhorn cattle trailed their way to market, and watch sunsets that turned cowboys into poets. Over time the cattle-drive trails have been paved over but you'll still see cowboys on horseback in downtown Bandera. And yes, rodeos are still some of the best entertainment around. The people of Bandera are proud of their past and will happily "spin a yarn or two" as they welcome new arrivals.
Bandera's Rich History
Bandera's relative isolation over the years - due to the railroads bypassing the hilly terrain - contributed to the preservation of the "Old West" character of this historic Texas town where the abundance of limestone and cedar (ashe juniper) dictated the enduring architecture of the region. When ranching fell to an all-time low in the 1930's, an innovative rancher decided to take in "dudes" to help him through the depression. Because of this, Bandera has become well-known for having many popular Dude Ranches. Bandera Dude Ranches provide a hands-on experience of the cowboy life through horseback riding, chuck wagon meals and trail rides. Thus, in modern times, Bandera, Texas is known as the Cowboy Capital of the World! The unique landscape and architecture show why it is a one-of-a-kind city and this beautiful "old town" has played an extremely important role in keeping the unique American traditions of the Texas cowboy alive.
Local Dining & Shopping
There are some great places to eat in Bandera and Pipe Creek. You'll find everything from a casual, quick bite to eat, to upscale, gourmet dinning, to fun, family-friendly food at good prices. Here are a few of the places we recommend that are near Clearwater Canyon: OST (Old Spanish Trail) Restaurant since 1920, Fat Boyz Deli and Sandwich Shop, Bricks on the River, Busbee's Bar-B-Que, Backyard Bistro and Dough Joes Pizza. There's always something to do at the local Bandera honky-tonks and for those that enjoy the night scene, enjoy the 11th Street Cowboy Bar featuring live music, dancing and cold drinks. For fantastic local shopping check out Fickle Pickle, The Cowboy Store, HyO Silver, Bandera General Store, and all the quaint clothing boutiques. Bandera's Western Trail Antiques and Marketplace has something for everyone at reasonable prices.
Recreation & Attractions
Bandera is a fantastic place to come enjoy the great outdoors with your family. Bandera County is home to over 200 different bird species, which can be seen at the Natural Area and Bandera City Park. Horseback riding, popular scenic drives, rodeos, hunting and golf are all popular activities. The Flying L ranch golf course is a must, and be sure to visit the Flying L Dude ranch resort with all kinds of "cowboy" activities. Another more popular ranch near Bandera is the Mayan Ranch. For individuals that enjoy Texas history, don't miss seeing the Frontier Times Museum. This museum serves as a tribute to the legacies of the American cowboy and ranching practices. The Museum has a large collection of artifacts from Bandera's early days, many donated from all over the world.
Clear water sparkles over its rocky bottom as the river meanders peacefully through Clearwater Canyon's natural beauty, especially evident at the River Park, where residents can fish for bass, float in a quiet pool, or tube over gentle rapids shaded by towering cypress trees where great blue herons nest.
Wildlife lovers and birding enthusiasts will thrill to the variety of feathered, finned, and furred wildlife drawn to the river area. Downstream from the residents' park, gorgeous homesites directly on the shores of the Medina River or providing a bird's-eye view of the scenic surroundings take ownership of these sites and private access to the wide meadowlike bank of the river. Here at Clearwater Canyon every day feels like going on vacation without even leaving your property.
On another part of the ranch, bountiful wildlife and recreation offers homesites with even more solitude and nature surrounding them. Imagine watching a vee of ducks, silhouetted against a gorgeous hill country sunset as they glide in for a landing—all just a few feet from your own back porch. There is a place where you can experience all of this and capture it for yourself, here at Clearwater Canyon.
Nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Helotes is a vibrant community rich with history and is an easy 30-minute drive from Clearwater Canyon. With a flourishing economy and a high quality of life, the city really does offer the best of both worlds, country living with close proximity to the city, to its residents.
Helotes became an incorporated town as recently as 1981, and since then the city has experienced rapid growth. Its citizens are committed to continuing Helotes' economic prosperity and modernization, while maintaining an environmentally conscious mindset and preserving the city's "small town" tranquility. Today, Helotes is known as a very family-oriented city, and was even named Bloomberg Business Week's 2013 Best Small Town in Texas to Raise Kids. Aside from a promising economy, the area also boasts a low crime rate, great schools, and favorable weather year round!
Old Town Helotes - Old Town Helotes is the newly revitalized downtown of Helotes, and home to some amazing shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. Whether you're looking to shop for the latest fashion, or dine on some outstanding cuisine, Old Town Helotes has it! Old Town Market Days - Old Town Helotes hosts Old Town Market Days on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Whether you're looking for great gift ideas or just picking something up for yourself, Market Day's has everything from handmade jewelry, fresh produce, arts and crafts and more! Six Flags Fiesta - Just 15 minutes from Helotes is one of the greatest attractions around, Six Flags Fiesta. Six Flags is San Antonio's biggest amusement park featuring dozens of thrill rides, shows and other activities that make for a fun day with the family. The parks nine roller coasters and water rides are sure to be a hit with thrill seekers.
John T. Floore Country Store - Don't let the name fool you, this isn't your average country store! First opened in the 1940's John T. Floore's Country Store is considered by locals today as "the ultimate Texas honky tonk." The popular music venue has hosted the likes of Willie Nelson. Clover Belles - For those that love the "thrill of the thrift" check out Clover Belles antique boutique where you can find just about anything vintage. From jewelry to sewing machines, there are countless treasures to be found at Clover Belles. Second Chances Thrift Shop - Another favorite of thrifters is Second Chance Thrift shop, where visitors can find an array of products from clothing and accessories, to collectibles. The best part is that a portion of all purchases goes towards supporting the Helotes Humane Society. A Bit of Something - Upcycling is bigger than ever, especially when it comes to home décor. A Bit of Something is the place to go in Old Town Helotes for repurposed furnishing, décor and collectibles.
B Daddy's BBQ - Nothing screams Texas more than great BBQ, and B Daddy's BBQ is the place to go in Helotes. Open 6-days a week, B Daddy's offers a fun and inviting atmosphere serving real wood smoked brisket, ribs, sausage, pork and all the trimmings. Gables - Looking for a sweet treat? Than Gables Ice Cream Sliders is the place to go. Ice cream, cookie, and snow cones are all available at Gables, but their signature treat are the ice cream sandwiches that you can customize from eight varieties of freshly baked cookies and sixteen flavors of ice cream. Helotes Creek Winery - One of the many hidden treasures of Texas Hill Country is the countless breweries and wineries. Located in Old Town Helotes is the always-popular Helotes Creek Winery, known for its unique atmosphere and friendly service. Here visitors can enjoy a tasting of the Winery's 35 different types of wine that are all made in house by winery owner Lynn Sparacello. The winery also gives visitors the opportunity to create their own personalized wine, complete with a special customized label.
Oak Valley Driving Range and Par 3 - Located in Helotes, Oak Valley is a great place to work on your swing. Open to the public and year round, Oak Valley offers 9 holes of terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. New to golf? The facilities friendly staff members are more than willing to offer some tips and tricks for playing your best round. Cedar Creek Municipal Golf Course - This hidden gem is located north of Loop 1604, on the northwest side of San Antonio, TX. Cedar Creek is the perfect Hill Country golfing experience, with rolling hills and beautiful vistas that make play this 18-hole course a memorable and challenging experience. Cedar Creek offers four different tee boxes for all skill levels, ranging from 5500 yards to 7100 yards.
The city of Helotes has established four parks within the city including Helotes City Park and Playground, Helotes Creek Linear Park, Helotes Natural Area and Disc Golf Course and Iron Horse Canyon Natural Area. Each park offers residents and visitors a beautiful space to explore and relax, while enjoying the outdoors. Just a short drive from Helotes is Government Canyon State Natural Area located in San Antonio. The park has over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails perfect for adventurers of all skill types. Here visitors can hike, bike, picnic, trail run and more amongst beautiful scenery. The park also hosts regularly scheduled tours, and ranger programs for visitors to join in on and learn more about the areas plant and wildlife.
Clearwater Canyon is located a short 20-minute drive from Boerne, Texas – one of the hottest towns in the Texas Hill Country! A treasure, nestled in the magnificent setting of the Texas Hill Country, Boerne is only minutes north of San Antonio, via Interstate 10.
Haupstrasse - Main Street
A stroll down Haupstrasse (Main Street in German) through Boerne's charming historic district offers a world of specialty shops including great antiques, fine home accessories, unique gift items, trendy boutiques, jewelry and art galleries. Intermingled among the shopping, you can experience the inviting aromas from a hometown bakery, or you may choose to relax at one of the local wine bars, or enjoy a brew at the brewhaus on the creek.
The cypress-lined Cibolo Creek flows through downtown Boerne and continues on to the nationally recognized Cibolo Nature Center. Hiking trails and a boardwalk allow you to explore 100 acres with four distinct ecosystems - grassland, marshland, woodland and river bottom. The Cibolo Creek Trail follows the creek and at several points you can veer off to several sites in Boerne's historic downtown and the famed Hill Country Mile.
Year round parades, festivals and cultural events fill the air with music and merriment. The Kendall County Fair, Chocolate Walk, Berges Fest, Wings Over Boerne, Parade of Artists, Cibolo Songs and Stories, Abendkonzerte, Weihnachts Fest, Dickens on Main, Boerne Market Days and the Key to the Hills Rod Run are some of the activities that draw people from near and far away.
When you live at Clearwater Canyon, you open the door to enormous possibilities. Not only do you get to live in the tranquility of the country, but you also get to be 30-minutes from the entertainment, attractions, dining, and fun of San Antonio!
San Antonio's Riverwalk
Visit San Antonio's famed Riverwalk, and experience everything from museums and entertainment to shopping, nightlife and dining. The Riverwalk is a charming stretch of walking paths lined with shops, bars and restaurants that wind along the banks of the San Antonio River. Also known as Paseo del Río, the Riverwalk passes one story below downtown San Antonio, Texas and offers a splendid walking tour that includes the San Antonio Museum of Art, Rivercenter Mall, HemisFair Park and much more. The Alamo or San Antonio Museum of Art are full of history and worth a visit with the family, or if you're looking for more adventure, take the family to Six Flags Fiesta or catch a San Antonio Spurs game!
Shopping, Food & Drink
If you like to shop, you will be in retail heaven! The Shops at La Villita is a historic arts village that features a number of art galleries and collectives. San Antonio's historic Main Plaza, at the heart of the city, dates back to the early 1700s. This beautiful public space, with huge trees, bubbling fountains, sidewalks, tables and soft landscaping, vitalizes the city's center core. Or take a trip to Market Square with family-owned cafes, working artists and the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande also known as El Mercado. From early morning until late at night, Market Square is alive with activity. Visitors browse through 32 shops at "El Mercado," and 80 specialty shops in the Farmers Market Plaza.
Experience one of the world's premier caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns. Take the Hidden Passages Tour when all the lights are turned off and you experience total darkness. Or go higher up to the Tower of the Americas. The rotating tower has panoramic views and is a San Antonio landmark. Looking for a great game of golf? Check out The Palmer Course at La Cantera, at just under 7,000 yards in length it was designed by Arnold Parmer and carved right out of the beautiful Hill Country on the northwest side of San Antonio. Or enjoy The Resort featuring five sets of tees on each hole to accommodate every player skill level. There are six holes with breathtaking views of San Antonio and many natural water features.