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Concan in the Texas Hill Country: No Passport Required

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An unincorporated resort area north of Uvalde in the Texas Hill Country, Concan sits nicely along the Frio River. And although it doesn’t have palm trees, it will have a few hammocks. It won’t have white, sand beaches, but it does have a few tire and rope swings. And it may not be an all-inclusive resort, but it has clear water, century-old Cypress trees, and all the tubing, paddling, or general “chilling” you can handle! Unfold a lawn chair, set it down in the shade, and dip your toes into the cool Frio River in gorgeous Concan, Texas, where there’s no passport required.

Concan in the Texas Hill Country: No Passport Required

Photo: Facebook/Concan Texas

A peaceful settlement established in the early 1840s by majority fur traders, sheep and cattle ranchers, and a postmaster, Concan was named after a Mexican card game called “coon can.” Although it started out at a fair size, the population dwindled to roughly 20 by the time rancher, Tom Neal and his wife, Vida founded Neal’s Lodges and Dining Room. It was the mid-1920s and this former ranching community was about to see a turn of the tides when their area started being frequented by Texas tourists with money to spend. Today, that trend continues, and the year-round population of the area which is closer to 200 residents now, sees a 200 percent increase in the summer months when it’s peak season for cool-water fun and temperate weather.

Concan in the Texas Hill Country: No Passport Required

Photo: Facebook/Frio River

Still home to Neal’s Lodges, as well as hundreds of homes, camping facilities, condos, duplexes, and you-name-it for accommodations, Concan gets filled to capacity from Memorial Day in May right on through to Labor Day in September. Tourists come in droves from now all parts of Texas as well as out-of-state. Tubing is their prime source of entertainment, but they can also dance at the House Pasture Cattle Co. or Joe Jimmy’s, grab some comfort food at Neal’s Dining Room, and do some summer shopping at any number of the resort area stores. There’s also plenty of opportunities for other hobbies while vacationing in Concan, such as birding, taking a bat flight tour, and golfing a championship course. This oasis in the Texas Hill Country is ready and waiting for anyone who needs some R&R, and you won’t be asked to produce a passport. Why would you want to go anywhere else?!

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