Trail Rides

A Piece of History

Nothing brings to mind the Old West like a modern-day trail ride. Pioneers created trails as they moved west in search of a dream and cowboys created trails to take cattle to major market centers. While these routes are no longer a necessity in daily life, more than 3,000 riders saddle up each February to relive the Old West.

In January of 1952, several men formed the very first trail ride as a way to increase awareness of the Show. Though only four men made the first journey from Brenham, Texas, the attention they raised attracted more publicity than ever expected, as more than 80 men signed up the next year. The trail rides are a signature tradition of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo today.

Today’s riders hit the trail in an attempt to recreate the Old West, and in doing so, find a common ground that links us all to the Show. A sense of history and pride resides in each rider; igniting envy and intrigue in each child as they watch the trail riders and hope to one day join them.

Participating Trail Rides

Trail Ride Listings

Los Vaqueros Rio Grande Trail Ride, established in 1973 
386-mile ride from Reynosa, Mexico
2014 Start Date: Feb. 7

Mission Trail Ride, established in 1990
235-mile ride from San Antonio, Texas
2014 Start Date: Feb. 15

Northeastern Trail Ride, established in 1982 
108-mile ride from Cheek, Texas
2014 Start Date: Feb. 23

Old Spanish Trail Ride, established in 1956 
216-mile ride from Logansport, La.
2014 Start Date: Feb. 22

Prairie View Trail Ride, established in 1957 
87-mile ride from Hempstead, Texas
2014 Start Date: Feb. 23

Salt Grass Trail Ride, established in 1952 
104-mile ride from Brenham, Texas
2014 Start Date: Feb. 21

Sam Houston Trail Ride, established in 1955 
70-mile ride from Montgomery, Texas
2014 Start Date: Feb. 24

Southwest Trail Ride, established in 1993
120-mile ride from Rosenberg, Texas
2014 Start Date: Feb. 22

Southwestern Trail Ride, established in 1973 
102-mile ride from Angleton, Texas
2014 Start Date: Feb. 22

Spanish Trail Ride, established in 1961 
109-mile ride from Shepherd, Texas
2014 Start Date: Feb. 22

Texas Cattlemen's Trail Ride, established in 1986 
69-mile ride from Anderson, Texas
2014 Start Date: Feb. 22

Texas Independence Trail Ride, established in 1961 
108-mile ride from Brazoria, Texas
2014 Start Date: Feb. 22

Valley Lodge Trail Ride, established in 1959
75-mile ride from Brookshire, Texas
2014 Start Date: Feb. 22

Events

2014 Trail Ride Winners

Spirit Award: Prairie View Trail Ride, Wagon 8

Spirit Award: Texas Independence Trail Ride

Division I (Large Trail Ride – 145+ participants): Salt Grass Trail Ride

Division II (Medium Trail Ride – 50 to 144 participants): Texas Independence Trail Ride

Division III (Small Trail Ride – 49 or fewer participants): Old Spanish Trail Ride