The state of Texas is home to San Angelo State Park, which covers over 7000 acres of pristine parkland, ideal for a range of outdoor activities. Located on the shores of the O.C. Fisher Reservoir, the land around the reservoir was made into the state park. Being located not very far from Sweetwater and Big Spring, it’s an ideal weekend getaway for some camping at San Angelo State Park.
Historically, the land that the park occupies today is believed to have been inhabited by Native Indians for over 18,000 years, followed by the Spaniards who made their way to the area in the 16th and 17th centuries, establishing missions for the Jumano tribes. Today, the park is an oasis of excellent outdoor recreation, and you’ll wish to book an RV in San Angelo, to experience everything that San Angelo State Park has to offer.
If you’re one for the outdoors, then you couldn’t ask for a better escape to the wilderness than San Angelo State Park. Occupying what is known as Concho Country, you’ll find yourself in the midst of four different ecological zones at the state park; the High Plains to the north of the park, Texas Hill Country to the south, Rolling Plains to the east and the dry Trans-Pecos to the west. With such a wide range of terrain, the outdoor activities here are quite a few, and planning a motorhome camping trip to San Angelo State Park is a good idea. You can look forward to hiking, camping, biking, horse riding, fishing, bird, and wildlife observation, and geocache.
While you are at San Angelo State Park, try to make use of its over 50 miles of multi-use trails, ideal for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. If you have kiddos, check out the two-mile long Dinosaur Trail that passes through fossilized tracks of pre-dinosaur creatures. There are four easy trails to hike, ranging from two miles to about five miles, that go above 1900 feet above sea level. The views, of course, are fantastic.
For anglers, the O.C. Fisher Reservoir and the Concho River are a huge attraction. From largemouth bass, white bass, and white crappies, the reservoir is ideal for shore or pier fishing that doesn’t require a fishing license, but for boat fishing, you need a valid fishing license. If you happen to forget packing fishing gear into your RV rental before your trip, you can rent gear from the state park.
If you’d like to sign up for a Ranger Program, there are quite a few available. Rangers lead bison and longhorn tours through the state park, as well as hikes, and horseback rides. To familiarize yourself with the terrain, flora, and fauna of the area, join one of the nature and history programs. And for astronomy buffs, there’s a stargazing program available as well. The park’s website has details of ranger-led programs held through the year.
Camping at San Angelo State Park
If you’re looking to enjoy some RV camping at San Angelo State Park, there are quite a few options to choose from, and all located in different parts of the park. The Red Arroyo is located on the southern shore of the lake, with about 40 sites available. Facilities include 30 and 50 AMP electric hookups, shaded shelters, restrooms and showers, picnic tables, grills, and water hookups. The Chaparral Group Area close to Red Arroyo has about 20 sites available, with the same facilities. The other campsites within the state park offer pull-thru sites, big rig access, water, limited cell phone connectivity, restrooms, and showers. There are plenty of recreational trails nearby for you and your kids to explore. And you’re more than welcome to bring your pets along too.
If you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near San Angelo State Park, drive to the San Angelo KOA. This KOA offers over 50 sites equipped with full hookups for your RV, pull-thru sites, big rig access, electricity (30 & 50 AMP), sewer, water, and cell phone connectivity. There are restrooms, showers and laundry facilities available too, in addition to a camp store and a designated pet area. For recreation, try out the many trails nearby, the pool, or the playground.
Exploring the Area
Once you’ve explored all there is to offer in the San Angelo State Park, make your way to the city of San Angelo before heading home from your RV rental vacation. San Angelo is known as the "Pearl of West Texas," and is the heart of ranching country. There are tons of cultural attractions, food, architecture, and history to explore. Make a quick stop at the San Angelo Visitor Center for some free maps, travel brochures and coffee! If you’re tired of driving, stop by at the Bosque, a park that’s ideal for some family fun. From paddleboats to miniature golf, volleyball, and other outdoor games, an afternoon at the park is a good idea. It’s perfect for a picnic lunch too.
To immerse yourself in some Texas history during your motorhome camping trip, head to Fort Concho, a National Historic Landmark that served as the regimental headquarters of frontier units like the 4th and 10th Cavalry. There are 23 original and restored fort structures to check out along with an informative museum. For art lovers, a stop at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is recommended. With three spacious galleries and a rooftop sculpture terrace, this museum is worth checking out. And when in San Angelo, a trip to the downtown area is a must. From shopping to architecture to a range of cafes and restaurants serving up some great Texas barbecue, there’s much to see and do in this area.
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