San Antonio is the birthplace of the American cowboy. Yes, that’s right. Rope steering, bull riding, and busting broncos date back to the city’s earliest days with vaqueros on the Mission ranches.
In the past, when Texas was ruled by Spain, vaqueros (cowboys) filled Mission ranches to rope and round up cattle. Today, this vital culture still thrives throughout the dude ranches and old-time dance halls that dot the Texas Hill Country, providing plenty of opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in a truly authentic Western experience.
What’s more is we know how to rodeo. The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo gives visitors an opportunity to experience a world-class rodeo, concert entertainment and livestock exposition each February. In December 2017, the rodeo was voted the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for the 13th consecutive year, an unprecedented achievement. If you can’t make it in February, don’t fear. Tejas Rodeo Company rodeos weekly from March through November, hosting Texas Country concerts, too. And don’t miss a true Charrería, the national sport of Mexico, at the Asociacion de Charros de San Antonio for horse riding, rodeos and loads of culturally-rich fun. Experience the Briscoe Western Art Museum, which is home to Pancho Villa’s saddle an authentic chuck wagon and more or take your learnings further at The Witte Museum‘s South Texas Heritage Center.