Recreation in San Angelo, TX

By Kevin Litwin on April 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm EST
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Participation is encouraged in San Angelo, and that certainly includes recreation.

Watersports, golf, rodeos, parks, football – it's all here. Check out these five things that will get you started in exploring the many recreation aspects San Angelo has to offer:

San Angelo State Park

This 7,563-acre park is maintained by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping and picnicking. There are 350 species of birds and 50 species of mammals on site, and San Angelo State Park also offers hunting during turkey and deer seasons.

Lake Nasworthy and Concho River

The popular lake is on the southwest side of town and is ideal for boating, wakeboarding, tubing, water skiing, wind surfing, camping and picnicking. Meanwhile, the Concho River is considered the crown jewel of San Angelo, winding through the heart of the city. Along the waterway is a paved river walk, gardens, gazebos, fountains, waterfalls, a river plaza and a heritage trail.

San Angelo Golf Courses

How about this for a great name – Quicksand Golf Course. The top-notch course measures 7,100 yards and can play different every day, thanks to its breezy conditions. Riverside Hills Golf Course is a par 72 layout that lies beside the Concho River and spans 6,400 yards. San Angelo Country Club is a private course with several rises and slopes and might be the area’s most challenging venue. Another interesting course is the private Bentwood Country Club, at more than 6,900 yards. And the play at Santa Fe, San Angelo’s municipal golf course, is a welcoming nine-hole experience.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo

There are a lot of bucks involved with the annual San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo – and not just bucking broncos. The event, which began in 1932, is one of the highest-paying stops on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, with a prize purse of $450,000. Competitions include steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and steer roping. All activities take place at the 5,260-seat San Angelo Coliseum.

San Angelo Stampede Express

This team plays intense football, as a member of the Intense Football League. With a 50-yard field and eight men on a side instead of 11, touchdowns come fast and furious, with scores frequently hitting the high double digits. Home games are played at the San Angelo Coliseum, and the season runs 14 games from March through June. There are 15-20 promotional giveaways at each game.

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