Saddle Up! For the Texas Trail Roundup. San Antonio, Texas, Febriary 24-26, 2017
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Three days of glorious walking, from the dense urban core of the 7th largest city in the USA to nearby quiet trails that will make you think you have drifted back 300 years in time.

Over the next few months we’ll be sharing our secrets about the best of the best places in San Antonio. Most of them are on the walk routes! You’ll be in town for the last three days of the Stock Show and Rodeo and you’ll have time to see The Saga, a world-class sound and light show projected onto the facade of San Fernando Cathedral. Stay tuned! (And watch the video . . .)

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Vision Zero: Safe Streets & Sidewalks

In September, 2015, San Antonio joined the international "Vision Zero" movement, dedicated to eliminating pedestrian fatalities on our streets and sidewalks. Proponents of the plan say these deaths are preventable accidents that can be systematically addressed with...

Imagine Plaza de las Islas 300 Year Ago . . .

Friday's friendship walks will take you through downtown San Antonio. Imagine what it looked like almost 300 years ago when the plans for the city were first laid! In 1573 the King of Spain, Philip II, decreed an extensive set of rules for the building of towns and...

Need groceries? Go to Your H.E.B.

Need groceries while you are at the Holiday Inn-Downtown, our event hotel? Go to your H.E.B. at 516 S. Flores, only a 5 minute walk. Turn  right after leaving the hotel and walk down West Cesar Chavez one block to S. Flores and turn right. It's there on the corner....

The Six Flags That Flew Over Texas

Since its founding in 1718, six countries have claimed sovereignty over Texas. The slogan "Six flags over Texas"  has been incorporated into shopping malls, theme parks, and other enterprises. The six flags are also shown on the reverse of the Seal of Texas. The first...

This River Here: The Yanaguana

For much of their duration, all of our walks during the Texas Trail Roundup will follow the course of the San Antonio River. Our river starts in a spring about four miles north of downtown (The "Blue Hole", located on the campus of the University of the Incarnate...

Don’t Forget to Shuck the Tamale

They still call it the "great tamale incident." In !976, President Gerald Ford, at a reception at the Alamo, grabbed a tamale off a plate and started eating it, shuck and all. An alert hostess from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas saw was was about to go down...

How Do You Pronounce Bexar? (And Why Should You Care?)

San Antonio is in Bexar County, one of the 254 counties in the state of Texas, You can trace the name to Villa de San Fernando de Béxar, the first civil government established by the Spanish in what was then the province of Texas. Our city was created in 1731 when 55...

The Oldest Amusement Park in the USA

Sunday's walk will take you past Kiddie Park, opened in 1925 and (it claims)  the oldest children's amusement park in the country. Many of the original rides are still operational but don't worry: it was completely refurbished in 2009. The jewel in the crown is the...

You Can’t Leave SA Until You’ve Had a Breakfast Taco

Everyone in San Antonio has a favorite place for breakfast tacos, but, quite frankly, there's no such thing as a bad breakfast taco in San Antonio. (Now Austin -- that's another story. They boast that theirs are the best, but what do they know about tacos?) Two famous...

Hang Out with the Ghosts of the Rough Riders at the Menger Bar

Friday's friendship walk will take you past the Alamo, but make sure you poke your head into the bar at the Menger Hotel, right next door. Built in 1859, it is an exact replica of the bar at the House of Lords in London. It's probably most famous as the place where,...

What the Heck is Pico de Gallo?

In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo (pronounce it as PEEK-o -day-GUY-o), literally beak of rooster, also called salsa fresca, is made from chopped tomato, onion, coriander leaves (we love our cilantro!), fresh serranos (jalapeños or habaneros are used as alternatives),...

Getting From the Airport to the Hotel

The event hotel for the Texas Trail Roundup is the Holiday Inn - Downtown (Market Square), 318 W Cesar E. Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78204  Phone: (210) 225-3211 Taxi cabs are available at the San Antonio International Airport, lower level curbside, outside of...

Just Wait Five Minutes and the Weather Will Change

This post has been updated for the 2019 Texas Trail Roundup. You see that hole in the map where the heat has burned through part of south Texas? That's San Antonio. Actually, the weather in San Antonio is not that bad in February. The temperature rises nearly every...

We are a San Antonio 300 Partner!

You may have noticed a new emblem on our web site: the Tricentennial Partner logo.  The Texas Trail Roundup is an official partner of the year-long celebration of the founding of San Antonio by Canary Islanders, 300 year ago. For the Texas Trail Roundup, being a...

Cleaning the San Antonio River

After the Texas Trail Roundup a few walkers mentioned that parts of the Mission Reach of the Riverwalk -- Saturday's walk -- were a little trashy. Oh, the embarrassment! Just the Saturday before, the city had hosted its annual "Basura Bash (basura means "trash" in...

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