If you like horses or rodeos, the smell of fresh dirt and funnel cake mixed with beer and peanuts, San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo in San Angelo, TX will be perfect for you. And you are not alone because this two-week event typically attracts over 150,000 people per year. You and the family can visit the carnival for some rides and food before sitting down to a bull riding, barrel racing, bronc riding, or tie-down roping show. They also host team roping, steer wrestling, and bareback riding.
This rodeo is one of the largest in the world and is a “Permit Max” event that takes both PRCA card and permit holders. In fact, the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo has launched many rodeo careers from participants all over the globe. You’ll also be able to see the market shows with cattle, gilts, goats, sheep, and other livestock. They even host contests such as the Youth Food Challenge, Ag Mechanics Contest, and the Robotics Competition.
Pack the family in the RV and head for the middle of Texas so you can enjoy some fun in the sun in February when most of the rest of the country is huddled up by the fire trying to stay warm. The kids will love it too with all the rides and games at the carnival. It is a fun two-week event every year and many people make it an annual tradition.
Tickets for the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo vary by performance but typically range from $10 to $30. If you are just coming for the carnival and want to ride a lot of rides, you can get a Carnival Super Pass, which gives you free admission for the whole two weeks as well as unlimited rides. The typical cost for the pass has been around $90. For a daily unlimited ride band, it is usually about $30, so the Super Pass is a good deal if you plan to make multiple visits.
Close to the middle of Texas, about an hour from Abilene, 2.5 hours from Lubbock, and 3.5 hours from Fort Worth, the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo is only three miles from the City of San Angelo. You can take US-277, US-87, or TX-208 from the north or US-67 from the east, west, or south and the roads are all easy to traverse in any sized rig.
Parking a large rig or RV can be tricky, no matter what kind of event you are going to. Luckily, some local businesses allow you to park there if you cannot get a decent spot at the fairgrounds. Always check with management first, before parking in any lot. However, the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo has several large parking lots and a lot just for trailers.
The Concho Valley Transit bus (Route 3) takes you within 0.3-miles of the fairgrounds, which is less than one block. In the past, they have run from early morning until evening Monday through Saturdays with routes throughout the San Angelo and surrounding areas. In fact, with a few transfers, you can get clear across Tom Green County to several different businesses, the mall, grocery stores, and even the State of Texas Building. Of course, you can always get a taxi or use a rideshare app.
Although the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo does not offer camping or overnight accommodations for RVers, there are several campground options within a 10-mile radius of the park. This includes the San Angelo State Park and the San Angelo KOA Holiday Campground, which are both less than 10 miles away.
The San Angelo KOA Holiday has a fantastic campground just 10 miles down the road. With 81 RV sites that offer full hookups, showers, an RV sanitation dumpsite, a laundry area, and a pet playground, you are sure to find one that’s perfect for you. The maximum RV length is 70 feet, which is big enough for any rig or trailer. They also have cable TV, Wi-Fi, and a swimming pool. You can even rent bikes and ride them to the rodeo if you desire. There are a few other places nearby where you can camp, including San Angelo State Park, which is just eight miles away and has over 100 campsites.
Although there are a lot of things to do at the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo, they pack it all into a nice small area, so you don’t have to wear yourself out walking miles to your seat or the restroom. For those who need assistance, there are ADA accessible facilities as well as seating.
Even though it’s February, it may be slightly warm for winter in San Angelo, TX. The usual attire at a rodeo is typically cowboy boots, a cowboy hat, blue jeans, and a comfortable shirt. Of course, you may want to bring some long-sleeved shirts and a light jacket in case it gets cold. It is not common but not unheard of for the temps to drop down in the low 40s at times in February.
A sturdy backpack is the perfect addition to your ensemble at the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo. You can fill it with a water bottle, camera, your phone, some snacks, and maybe some cosmetics or a hairbrush. Check with the park office for items you are not allowed to bring in, such as drones, drugs, fireworks, and weapons.
You’ll need sunscreen to protect your skin from the Texas sun and plenty of water. Sunglasses and a cowboy hat will also help protect your face. You may also need some bug repellant to keep the mosquitos and biting flies away while you are at the rodeo. At the campsite, you should also have some bug repellant and maybe some citronella candles, too.
You are not likely to have a problem cooking inside or outside of your RV if you choose to stay at the KOA or San Angelo State Park. Both of these campgrounds have full hookups as well as campfire rings with grills and picnic tables. If you need some groceries or other supplies, you can find some things at the stores inside these campgrounds or travel a couple of blocks to the grocery store.
Between one and 10 miles from the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo, you can find over a dozen restaurants. From hot wings to Mexican cuisine, Italian food to Tex-Mex, and even some Asian food and fast-food burgers, you’ll find all sorts of venues to choose from in nearby San Angelo. There’s even a few cafés and pubs where you can grab a brew with your burger.
While you are at the rodeo, don’t forget to grab some of the yummy grub they are so popular for in San Angelo. The First Financial Pavilion has a plethora of food and merchandise vendors from chocolates to burgers and cowboy hats to home décor. Some of the repeat vendors have included Westmoreland Corn Dogs and Turkey Legs, Texas Twister, Outlaw Fries, Linda Chan’s Chinese Food, and Bada Bing Wood Fired Pizza. You may also encounter a wine tent and beer barn for those over 21.
Not only does the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo have the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office as security, but they also have a host of volunteers who do their best to make sure everyone stays safe while having a good time. If you are in need of security while you are at the rodeo, contact one of the staff or call 911.
San Angelo, TX stays pretty warm all year long and February is one of the best times of the year here. The high temps range from the upper 70s to low 80s and the low temps are typically 50 to 55 degrees, even in winter. You really cannot beat those temperatures during the winter.
Well, if anyone gets hurt, they are prepared for it, since it’s a rodeo. With med techs, a nurse, and paramedics on site, you won’t have to worry if you need medical attention. If you would rather head to the hospital yourself, you’re in luck there too because there are almost a dozen of them within a 10-mile radius.