Houston Rodeo Trail Rides hit the road

HOUSTON - The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will get its unofficial kickoff with the start of the Trail Rides.

More than 3,000 riders, along with their horses and wagons, will hit the trail this weekend (the Mission trail already departed Feb. 9).

The 11 trail rides will all meet up on Go Texan Day (Friday, Feb. 23) at Memorial Park, then take part in the Downtown Rodeo Parade the following morning.

The rides cover more than 1,300 total miles. Riders include family members and people of all ages.

For more information, visit RodeoHouston.com.

List and maps of the trail rides:

Mission Trail Ride -- Established in 1991. Sixty-five riders and three wagons start in San Antonio, covering 239 miles.

Northeastern Trail Ride -- Established in 1990. More than 200 riders and eight wagons start in Cheeks, Texas, covering 109 miles.

Old Spanish Trail Ride -- Established in 1956. Between 50 and 100 riders start in Logansport, Louisiana, covering 216 miles.

Prairie View Trail Ride -- Established in 1957. Two-hundred riders and seven wagons start in Hempstead, covering 89 miles.

Salt Grass Trail Ride -- Established in 1952. Around 1,200 riders and 24 wagons start in Cat Spring, Texas, covering 103 miles.

Sam Houston Trail Ride -- Established in 1955. Between 100 and 125 riders and nine wagons start in Montgomery, covering 70 miles.

Southwest Trail Ride -- Established in 1993. Two-hundred seventy-five riders and 10 wagons start in Rosenberg, covering 123 miles.

Southwestern Trail Riders of Houston -- Established in 1973. Around 250 riders and 10 wagons start in West Columbia, covering 100 miles.

Texas Independence Trail Ride -- Established in 1961. Between 100 and 150 riders start in Brazoria, covering 100 miles.

The Spanish Trail Ride -- Established in 1961. One-hundred twenty-five riders and nine wagons start in Shepherd, covering 109 miles.

Valley Lodge Trail Ride -- Established in 1959. One-hundred fifty riders and nine wagons start in Brookshire, covering 150 miles.

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