San Angelo marks the end of the Hill Country's geographic spread to the west, and marks the beginning of the vast expanse of the state that falls under the geographic categorization of "West Texas."
Here, the hills flatten out and start to be replaced with washes, draws and canyons. The brown dirt of the Hill Country turns into mineral-rich red clay dirt. And mineral-rich the area is, with oil and gas wells dotting the countryside.
San Angelo offers great hunting, and fishing is good within San Angelo State Park. The Concho River meanders through town and the Concho River Valley provides good birding (Paint Rock, the site of Indian pictographs, is just downriver from San Angelo).
Fort Concho, the military outpost that gave birth to the city, is a popular tourist stop. San Angelo is home to Angelo State University and Goodfellow Air Force Base. The city offers several interesting museums and boasts a couple minor-league sports teams.
The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, held every February, is a major draw.
More San Angelo Attractions
San Angelo golf courses
Angelo State University Planetarium
International Water Lily Collection
Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum
Railway Museum of San Angelo
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
San Angelo Nature Center
San Angelo River Walk
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Visitors can fly into San Angelo Regional Airport, the only commercial airport in the Concho Valley. The airport is served (at the time of this writing) by American Eagle and Continental/Colgan. American Eagle connects to Dallas and Continental to Houston.
On the roads, San Angelo is accessed via U.S. Highways 67, 87 and 277. The major cities closest to San Angelo are Abilene to the northeast, and Midland and Odessa to the northwest. Austin and San Antonio are several hours away to the southeast.
View San Angelo on the map (link opens in a new window)
San Angelo Convention and Visitors Bureau
City of San Angelo official website
San Angelo Regional Airport
Angelo State University
San Angelo Standard-Times newspaper