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Santa Fe Trail Ride and Wagon Train

Welcome Trail Ride Participants!

Hope all is well and the trails have been good to you. Per numerous requests, we will be starting 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.

As in the past please do not arrive at the ranch until after 12 noon on Friday the 25th.There are several families that live at the headquarters and we want to respect their privacy and wishes.

Okay the BIG surprise…many of you have asked for another casino night.Well it’s back while we are in Water Valley on Tuesday the 29th.We will have a huge tent and will be starting in the afternoon after lunch and will play until supper, which will include a steak dinner with prizes awarded afterwards and we will try not to run too late since the next day is a hard day’s ride.All proceeds will benefit the rebuilding of the chuchwagon, which is in dire need of rebuilding.This has always been a lot of fun and if you have a nice item to donate for a prize please let us know.

Wednesday is a hard day like last year back across the divide on the way to the Albert Ranch with a trip down Junior Martinez hill again.This year’s ride is a little easier with daily mileage averaging around 15-18 miles a day, but it does contain some pretty rough spots.

Breakfast will be served from 7 – 7:45 AM unless otherwise stated. If you are late, sorry only thing available will be snacks but we must do this to help get the ride on the trail on time.

Rig Move will vary from day to day and we will make sure that its announced at dinner each night.

Charlie Bowers is back as Trail Boss with Jerry Bynum and Jeff “Bull” Rutledge as assistants; three 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


The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo was soon becoming one of the top rodeos in the nation. One of its goals 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 it became a strong contender with the larger rodeos, the event began to expand in many directions.

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 10 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..


The 2019 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 only be available for pre-registrations.Cash and/or check will be accepted out on the trail.

Registration fee this year is $150.00 per person or $40 a day and covers all meals unless otherwise noted in the brochure.

You can open the attached file and fill out the necessary information and either email it to us or send it in the mail to the San Angelo Stock Show office.


(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 (1) call 512-389-8900 OR (2) 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

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.


Special Thank you:

Appreciation goes out to Rodeo Association
Linda Rhodes, Kermit Wendland, Justin Jonas, Larry Garvin, Tom Thompson

Trail Ride Committee
Lynn Donaho & Tabitha Baker
Trail Boss
Charlie Bowers
Assistant Trail Boss
Jerry Bynum

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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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
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