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Welcome Trail Ride Participants!

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Welcome Trail Ride Participants!!

Hope all is well and the trails have been good to you. This year we will be starting again at the famous Spade Ranch in Mitchell County. We will kick off at the ranch headquarters located 25 miles south of Colorado City on state Hwy 163.

We want to respect our ranchers wishes so please do not arrive at the ranch until after 12 noon on Friday the 24th.

Casino will back again this year and you will receive 10 tickets with your registration. We will have the huge tent and will be starting in the afternoon after lunch and will play until supper, which will include a rib smacking dinner with prizes awarded afterwards. We will try not to run too late since the next day is a hard day’s ride. All proceeds will benefit the Stock Show Scholarship Fund (See details below). It’s a lot of fun and if you have a nice item you would like to donate for a prize please let us know.

Here’s where things will change. We will be going a different route as we make our way to Rosson Camp in Grape Creek. We will not be staying at the AR Ranch as we have in the past.

Breakfast burritos and snacks will be available each morning from 7 – 7:45 AM.

Rig Move will be each morning unless announced otherwise.

Charlie Bowers is back as Trail Boss with Jerry Bynum and Jeff “Bull” Rutledge, Alfredo Martinez, and Gabriel Guajardo as assistants. Good men who know animals and equipment. Please give them your support and respect. As you know this is a demanding job.

This time of year we know you have your choice of rides. We try to make ours as authentic with as much cross-country riding as possible. We know our ride is different from most in that we are trying to do it the way our ancestors did. It’s not for all folks, but as long as these great ranches let us we will continue to ride the trails. We look forward to seeing each of you. Hope to see you in January.

May God be with you and keep you safe during your travels. Until then, Happy Trails!

Lynn Donaho & Tabitha Baker Trail Ride Co-Chairman


Look for daily details and helpful hint on our Santa Fe Trail Ride and Wagon Train Facebook page and on the daily entries on this link.

History: The Foundation Scholarships

One of the Foundation's goal is to provide scholarships to area youth in the ranching and farming industry, but it also provides more economic impact to San Angelo and the surrounding communities than any other single event. As always you are helping to sponsor a local foundation that is a charitable organization to better serve West Texas youth. Endowments, individual and corporate gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible.

One direction was in the idea of a trail ride. Trail ride co-chairman, Lynn Donaho, grew up in south Texas and remembers as a boy, the trail ride coming through town. Lynn thought this would be a great way to help promote the stock show and rodeo to the surrounding areas and to benefit the scholarship fund.

He assembled a group of volunteers and the work began. It kicked off its inaugural ride in Coleman, TX on February 16, 2004 with just a handful of volunteers and participants. That first year proved that hard work and dedication, an idea can become a reality.

Over the previous 16 years we have become more of a family than a trail ride. From wonderful participants, who return year after year and bring along more friends, to wonderful sponsorships.

Due to the continued support and contributions and the success of the Santa Fe Trail Ride, the Foundation has been fortunate to grow the total amount of scholarships awarded by the Association annually, for the past several years. For more information on the Foundation, please contact the stock show office or mail to the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo office: SASSRA Foundation, 200 West 43RD Street, San Angelo, Texas76903.


We're looking forward to meeting you. 

The 2020 trail ride marks our 16th year! Each year we strive to make the registration process as easy as possible and one way to do that is by registering early! By doing so, at time of registration all you have to do is show us your Coggins information, pick up your welcome packet and you will be good to go! Payment by credit card will soon be available for pre-registrations. Cash and/or check will be accepted out on the trail.

Registration fee this year is $175.00 per person or $50 a day and covers all meals unless otherwise noted in the brochure.

You can register and pay on line or printe, complete and email/snail-mail it to the San Angelo Stock Show office.


We start at the Spade Ranch. Look on the Santa Fe Trail Ride Facebook for further history. 

(1) Contact Charlie Bowers (325-656-8340) to stay at the roping arena at Sterling City, TX -OR-

(2) To stay at Lake Colorado City State Park, TX. make reservations by calling 512-389-8900 OR

(3) Go to Texas State Parks.org.
Directions to Colorado City State Park, TX from I-20, take exit 210 onto FM 2836 and follow signs to 4582 FM 2836.

You must have reservations Park hours are 8 am to 7 pm. If arriving after 7 pm you must call the State Park @ 325-728-3931 to get gate code. FYI: Water only campsites are $15 per night.

Please NO parking on grass and please pick up manure.

Spade Ranch Headquarters is approximately 15 miles south on Hwy 163 from Lake Colorado City State Park.

View Part 1 of 2 with Steve White, Manager of Renderbrook Spade Ranch: History first 6-8 minutes or go to the Santa Fe Trail Ride page for more history.


Santa Fe Trail Ride Registration

Release forms will be requested when you check-in for the Trail Ride. If you are registering multiple participants, the mailing address used below will be tied to all participants. If you wish to have them under unique addresses, a completely separate form will be required, as well as separate payment.

Personal Information

I agree to the terms and conditions
I will be riding a:

If Applicant is under 18 years of age, they must have a sponsor/parent ride with them:

Registration Fees
Trail Ride Fee
This fee is for the entire 2020 Sante Fe Trail Ride.
Daily Trail Ride Fee
This is a PER DAY FEE. Please add one for every day you will be attending.

Special Thank you:

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Appreciation goes out to Rodeo Association

Trail Ride Committee
Lynn Donaho & Tabitha Baker
Trail Boss
Charlie Bowers
Assistant Trail Boss
Jerry Bynum
Jeff "Bull" Rutledge
Alfredo Martinez
Gabriel Guajardo

Contact Information
Santa Fe Trail Ride
c/o San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Association
200 W. 43rd St, San Angelo, TX 76903

Stock Show Office 325.653.7785
Trail Ride Chairman Lynn Donaho 325.277.0304
Trail Ride Co-Chairman Tabitha Baker 325.812.4208

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Special THANKS goes out to the following:
Big O's
Meza Fence Company

Contact Information:

Santa Fe Trail Ride
c/o San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Association
200 W. 43rd St
San Angelo, TX 76903

Stock Show Office 325.653.7785
Trail Ride Co-Chairman Lynn Donaho 325.277.0304
Trail Ride Co-Chairman Tabitha Baker 325.812.4208

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Santa Fe Trail Ride
Horse, mule, or wagon, you need to be fit and ready.
Be prepared for the rough terrain.
Always dress warm. See helpful hints on Santa Fe Trail Ride Facebook page.
Trail Boss and Assistants bandana.
Aerial view of the country side to let you evaluate the fitness of you animal(s) and rigging.
Be sure to have all the necessary equipment and some back up equipment to manage the authentic ride. Check out the Santa Fe Trail Ride FaceBook page for some helpful hints and friendly reminders.
Given that the ride begins late January, pack lots of foot, hand, body warmers.
GPS map view of one of the day's trails across open ranches.
Lunch "on the grounds" daily.
If you have the "grit" we got the "go". No one is left behind.
Are there other trail rides this remote?
Majestic sunrises for your enjoyment.
Who has a better seat than this to see our great country?
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