All guided tours are free.
3:30 pm Mission Espada (staff permitting)
Tour of Rancho de las Cabras
10:00 am, first Saturday of the month, weather permitting. Call 210.932.1001 for more information.
Much of the American cattle industry of the 1800s was built on the legacy of these mission ranches. Learn about the equipment, vocabulary, and folklore of the mission vaqueros, while exploring remnants of Espada's ranch, Rancho de las Cabras.
Located 30 miles south of San Antonio, meet at Floresville River Park on SH 97 in Floresville, Texas, to caravan to the site. From San Antonio, take I-37 south. Exit onto Hwy 181 south to Floresville. Turn right on Hwy 97 west to River Park.
Because the site is undeveloped, it contains brushy areas and fire ants; it is recommended that boots and appropriate clothing be worn.
Did You Know?
that Texas longhorn cattle evolved from 3 breeds the Spanish imported to the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries? They were the barrenda or piebald, the retinto, and ganado prieto. Modern longhorn have long legs and a narrow body - perfectly suited to travel long distances in dry, harsh country.