We parked our car in the parking lot at Red Arroyo Camping Area, next to the playground. (See official park map.) We set out in a southwesterly direction on the Tasajillo Flats Trail through dense patches of prickly pear and mesquites and other desert type vegetation.
|Donna at the Tasajillo Flats Trailhead.|
|View from ridge on the Horny Toad Trail affords a good look at the nearby Highland Range Subdivision, which backs up to the southwestern boundary of the park.|
|Trail winds through mesquites and prickly pear. In the summer, the mesquites in the lower arroyos will provide a bit of shade from the sun, but in winter, they are barren of any leaves.|
|After winding through the arroyo, the Horny Toad Trail then skirts back up a slope, eventually topping out on a ridge with good views in several directions.|
|View from a ridge on the Horny Toad Trail. Looking north, the O.C. Fisher Lake Dam is visible, as well as a line of hills stretching west.|
The Nature Trail starts out pretty straight on a surface of red dirt. Mesquite trees cluster about the trail.
|Red dirt trail cuts a straight path through the mesquites on the Nature Trail.|
|Entrance to Isabelle Harte Park, which is a part of the larger San Angelo State Park.|
|Red Dam (right center), with O.C. Fisher Dam in the background.|
One of the great things about this park is that there are so many trails, which allows hikers to put together trail combinations to get a distance they are comfortable with. None of the trails are really strenuous, and there are really no steep ups and downs though there are some climbs throughout the park.