Tuesday, November 27, 2012

San Angelo State Park

After leaving Conroe Sunday, November 25, we spent the next 2 nights at San Angelo State Park just outside of San Angelo, Texas. We had never stayed at the park prior to this trip, though we have visited the park extensively over the years. The park has an extensive set of hiking/biking/equestrian trails, and Donna and I have hiked just about all of these. You can view my blog entries about those hikes beginning with http://ramblin-gamblin.blogspot.com/2012/01/san-angelo-sp-december-30-2011.html.

San Angelo does not have many RV parks. The leading competitors are the KOA park on Knickerbocker and Spring Creek RV Park on Lake Nasworthy. Although both parks have full amenities including WiFi, cable TV, and full-hookups, we decided to pass them by this trip. We've stayed at both of them in the past, and feel they are overpriced for the quality of services they provide.

So we opted for San Angelo State Park this trip. And what did we get? A good experience.

The park does not have full hookups, but it does have electric and water. Sites are spacious, and we enjoyed our pull-through site. We were also surprised to have WiFi at our campsite. In fact, I'm publishing this using the park's Internet services. The park does not provide cable TV, but we were able to pick up several local TV stations using our antennae.

Campsite # 4 in Red Arroyo Campground. Lots of room between sites.

There is precious little shade at the campsites, and the only trees in the campground are from mesquites. But during the winter, lack of shade is not a problem. Our site had a nice concrete picnic table on a concrete pad with a metal cover. Camping fees for our stay were $20 per night, almost half what other parks in the area charge.That's a nice little savings.

We stayed in the Red Arroyo camping area, which is nearest the entry gate at the south entrance. If shade is a concern, you might try the campsites in the Bald Eagle camping area in the north entrance. (See map)

The park was originally an Army Corps of Engineers park (see history). The state converted it into a state park in 1995. Almost all of the facilities are left-overs from the Corps days, and they are showing their age.

Even if you're not a hiker, there are plenty of paved roads near the campground that are perfect for daytime strolls.

The weather was nice during our stay. The wind blew both days, but temps reached the 70s both days, allowing us to sit outside some. A cold front moved through the area our second day, and that dropped the night temps into the 30s.

Winter sky moving in over San Angelo State Park; it'll get cold tonight!



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