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Small Enclave Christoval, Texas Offers History of Mineral Bathhouses & River Recreation

Apr 20, 2017 12:00AM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Just 15 miles from San Angelo sits a great little getaway that is part West Texas and part Hill Country – and offers the best of both. Christoval is on the edge of the Hill Country and the Sonoran desert and boasts a population of just around 400. It’s likely best known for its mineral bathhouses and river recreation. In the early part of the 20th century, thousands came to seek a spiritual connection and cool off in the spring waters that flow North into San Angelo. Today there is even more to see and do here.

Some of the favorite sites today include City Park at the south end of Main Street, and River Park, a favorite among campers, paddlers and anglers. The South Concho River flows through the town at the River Park winding along a 54-acre stretch of land. Massive Live Oak trees shelter picnic tables along the banks. In town, you can drive across the 100-year-old low water crossing, originally built for horses and early automobiles to cross the river just below the dam.

You’ll find the usual small town shops and dining opportunities in Christoval but a few unique opportunities as well. Anyone visiting Christoval must make a trip to the Christoval Winery. The 25-acre estate vineyards and winery is, not surprisingly, nestled along the bank of the Concho River. Visitors can tour the estate’s beautiful, scenic vineyards and winery and then relax on the patio or enjoy a glass of award-winning wine inside the tasting room.

Other attractions include the Concho Christmas Tree Farm, horseback riding along the river, a hummingbird wildlife habitat, and, for a different twist, a visit to one of the local monasteries. You can schedule a personal retreat at Mt. Carmel Monastery or Our Lady of Grace Carmelite Monastery.

Christoval has its share of local eateries if you want to avoid driving back up to San Angelo. Try Hidalgo’s Restaurant for simple but well-executed Tex-Mex favorites. They also serve breakfast, burgers and chicken fried steak. The Christoval Café is another good spot for a quick bite to eat.

If you’re a connoisseur of bed and breakfasts you’ll have the chance to stay at several cute and quaint B&B’s and cottages in the area. Try Mirna’s Country Getaway where Mirna and Fermin Saldivar offer visitors a refreshing respite from the busy city life. You’ll have access to large comfortable rooms, a rustic stone fireplace and wrap-around porch on their 5-acre property. Or try the Concho Christoval River Retreat and B&B which is, of course, down by the Concho River. There’s a two-story cottage that sits just above the river’s edge and offers a wonderful view of area wildlife and natural beauty.


For more information on a relaxing visit to Christoval, visit www.christovaltx.com

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