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Horses with riders in trail ride One of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's most iconic events ends before the rodeo even begins.

Horseback riders in a field

Was there ever a better way to see the Texas countryside than from horseback? Even before cowboys became synonymous with the Lone Star State, the great Comanche horsemen of yesteryear discovered the advantages of riding steeds liberated from the herds that arrived in the desert Southwest with Spanish conquistadors.

Bonnie and Clyde plaque at the Stockyards Hotel

More than a century’s worth of time travel awaits guests at the Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth, which opened in 1907 at the fabled junction of  Main Street and Exchange Avenue.

Urban-15 dancer
URBAN-15’s Carnaval de San Anto troupe performs during Día de los Muertos at Hemisfair park in San Antonio.


When night falls in San Antonio during the annual spring Fiesta Flambeau Parade, URBAN-15’s troupe of drummers and dancers draws howling gritos of delight from the crowds packed along downtown streets.

Last winter had been draggin on—not frigidly cold, but devoid of the sunshine that Texans crave year-round.

Horseback riders looking at a lake

Maverick Horseback Riding in Lockhart offers a wide range of lessons and rides for all ages and levels of experience.

Stockyard Hotel lobby

In our February issue story on the Stockyards Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, we made quick mention of names like Pawnee Bill, Booger Red, the Hunter brothers, all of whom memorialized in one way or another in the hotel: Lillie’s saddle is enshrined in the lobby; Privett’s biography is on the wall of Booger Red’s Saloon; and the adjacent H3 Ranch Live Hickory Wood Grill harkens back to the late 1800s and early 1900s’ era of the legendary Hunter brothers. 

Palo Duro Canyon

Like many Texas Panhandle natives I grew up on a steady diet of rodeos and stick horses.

Waterfalls at the Lake Worth spillway

Lake Worth Spillway in Fort Worth’s Marion Sansom Park creates a cascade on the West Fork of the Trinity River.

Growing up on the northwest side of Houston, Ross Coleman says his mama always took care of the holiday meals. “We would usually have a nice gathering and would eat traditional things like turkey, ham, mac n’ cheese, chitlins, and sweet potato pie,” he recalls.

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