South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park (Short Loop) + Roadrunner

A Small Horned Lizard
Otherwise known as a Horny Toad. Was sitting along the side of the Horny Toad trail near the beginning of the hike. I haven't seen as many of these guys as in the past and attribute it to the drought and heat.
User: MikeHikes - 8/19/2023

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: halfstar  Solitude: 2point5stars
Miles Hiked: 9.40 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes


Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey> WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.3 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett  Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area    2.9 miles

Leg 3 -   Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area   3.2 miles

Temp started at 77, ended at 97.  Sunny with fairly steady 5-10mph SW breeze.

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  Most of the trails have been recently groomed whch made hiking even easier.  Unfortunately, there wasn't much to photograph besides the small Horned Lizard (photo attached).  No animals were observed and the bird life was extremely scarce as well.  The unrelenting heat and drought continues and I'm sure that is the major reason why the park residents are remaining as still as possible.  For me, there were a larger than normal amount of other park visitors today (Saturday) but is was relatively nice out when I was there so I understand why it happened.


Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station are available at the Playground parking area.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets are available at Burkett Park.

Water and shade are available at campsites along Roadrunner Loop and there are three toilet and info kiosks available at various points.

Log Photos
A Small Horned Lizard
Area around San Angelo State Park
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