Sunday, February 12, 2012

Muy Frio in the Canyon!

Well, we got a little snow and sleet this morning in Concan, but it all disappeared by noon. Leakey and Rio Frio got more, and they say it stayed on the ground all day. Tonight it's just cold and wet! We all love the wet part anytime we can get it out here, and we've gotten quite a bit since September. Over 17 inches to be exact! That's great news for everyone who loves it out here, and great news for the wildlife and vegetation that have suffered through an historic drought. We're far from being out of the drought, but we're on the right track for sure. Pray for rain!

If you haven't been here in the last month or so, you've missed the construction going on, on TX 127 coming into Concan from Sabinal. It starts about a half mile east of our office near the Big Tree Ranch, and continues on to the intersection of River Road(CR 348). They're widening the highway to include wide shoulders, just like you have most of the way here on 127. They are scheduled to finish this first leg sometime in March, then continue south across Brushy Creek to where the wide shoulders are now. The bad news is, you'll be slowed down this Spring and Summer by the construction. The good news is, it's only for a few miles. That's not gonna slow down Frio River lovers anyway, right?

Speaking of TxDot, we had a community meeting with them a couple weeks ago at the schoolhouse. The topic was the intersection of TX 127 & US 83. As most of you know, this is a "Y", where you go north to GSP and Leakey, or south to Uvalde. They want to take out the "Y", and make it a "T" intersection. Personally, I'm not on board with this proposal, but it's at least two years away, and they're listening to what we have to say about it. We do appreciate that.

On the business side...we've acquired a few wonderful new properties for you to look at soon. Two new homes here in Concan, and this SUPER FANTASTIC 6000 square foot ranch house on the crystal clear Nueces River north of Uvalde. It's Living Waters Reserve & Ranch, just 20 miles north of Uvalde. 
You can check it out at, or on our website at
Exclusive use of the ranch house on 720 acres, and 1 1/2 miles of Nueces River in the back yard.
This is a great place for family reunions, corporate retreats, wedding venues, and much more.  Exciting hunts for whitetail deer and exotics are available as well.
We will have the two new Concan mountain top homes online soon.

That's it for now. Please visit us online soon, or give us a call if we can be of help.
May God bless.
from the cave, FrioMan

Sunday, June 26, 2011


For a limited time, we are offering amazing savings on some of our Frio River vacation homes and cabins. THIS ONLY APPLIES TO NEW RESERVATIONS ON SELECTED HOMES/CABINS.
It's pretty simple! Reserve two(2) nights at one of our fantastic homes or cabins listed below, and get the third night at 1/2 price.
BUT WAIT! Reserve three(3) nights at the full rate, and get the fourth night FREE!
FIRST: Check our calendars for availability. If you call asking for availability, it's no deal. Upon taking a reservation, we immediately update our calendars.
SECOND: Check our list of participating homes or cabins. If it's not on the list, please don't ask. Photos, prices, amenities, etc., are online.
THIRD: Read our reservation procedure, rules, & policies @
LAST: Once you have selected your dream vacation home/cabin, call us at 830-988-3746, between the hours of 9am & 7pm, M-Sat. Noon -6pm Sun
  • Casa Bonita
  • Cattleman
  • Cedar Creek
  • Crooked Tree
  • CypressTreehouse #10
  • Hangin On
  • Valley View
  • Vista del Rio
  • West of the Frio
  • Whiskey Mountain Inn Cabins (The Bandera, The Hondo, The Leakey, The Uvalde, The Ranch, and The Cozy)
FrioMan Vacation Lodging reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time without notice.
Seeya at the Frio!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ohh, the Frio, she's lookin good!

We've been blessed with quite a bit of rain over the off-season, and the Frio Canyon is busting out with wildflowers and greenery. The icing on the cake has been the 4+ inches of rain we received this week!

The Real County Sheriff's office called yesterday morning at 4am, letting us know that there was a 2 foot rise at the HEB camp. It's located north of Leakey about 10 miles, and is very near the headwaters of the Frio (East Prong). Sure enough, later yesterday afternoon, the River came down.
For those of you that are confused...that means the Frio came down to Leakey & Concan, causing a nice rise and great flow!

Sure is nice to finally have good news about our favorite place in the world!

FM 1120 just past the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment yesterday.

                                                             3rd crossing in Concan


                                           2nd crossing in Concan
On the right hand side of this photo, is where Bee's Camp used to be. It's all been leveled, and is being turned into a subdivision.


Just east of Leakey on RR 337

                                                            1050 bridge over the Frio by GSP              

Spread the word! If you or anyone you know hasn't made reservations yet for this summer, better hurry. News of great tubing/floating/kayaking conditions at the Frio River travel fast, and you don't want to be without a great place to stay.
Just click FrioMan Vacation Lodging. We have some fantastic homes and cabins available in the Frio Canyon. From the mountain tops in Concan with breathtaking views, to properties where the Frio is right in your backyard.

That's it for now, gotta git to San Antonio today.
Everything's shaping up for a super summer season at the Frio.

Come see us at FrioMan Vacation Lodging!  

866-7CONCAN (landlines only please)
830-232-4210 (for your cell phone)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Lots of rain overnight and today

Good news from the Frio River!
Rain, and quite a bit of it. About 2+ inches so far, and we may get more. But since we've been getting an inch here, an inch and a half there, this winter, the ground is finally getting wet. The result is that a lot of this rainfall is running off into the Frio and the creeks and drainages that feed our most favorite playpen.


We're not going to get too giddy yet and call this a 'drought-buster', cause it's not. But it's looking better here today than it has since the very rainy, oh-so-awesome year of '07. Remember ' was get in, and HANG ON!!


 It's great to have something exciting to blog about. Hopefully the rains keep coming, cuz then my updates will be more frequent.

 Can you imagine getting in right now? brrrrr!

    Magers x-ing

This is up at the 3rd crossing...quite an improvement!

1st crossing at Buchanan's & Neal's

Super Bowl party at House Pasture this Super Sunday...might have to go, sounds like fun!


We have fantastic homes, cool little cabins, on the Frio, near the Frio, some with pools, some with pool tables...all, just minutes from the crystal clear River.
Tell your family, tell your friends.

Don't forget to join FrioMan on Facebook. Lots of updates, lots of info.
That's it from Concan, take care! 

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Casa Bonita & Sparkling Frio

It's been awhile! Sometime back in November as I recall. Since then, nothin's happened.
Actually, we've had lots of cold weather, some much needed rains, wonderful Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays with family and friends, and good health.
But wait, you wanna know about the Frio, right?'s looking pretty good considering we've been in a drought for three out of the last four years. With less evaporation from the heat and the Cypress trees being dormant this time of the year, our Favorite River is holding it's own real well. Just picture it with a little more water in it than at any time you saw it in '09. My optimistic nature leads me to believe that sometime between now and summer, we'll get those big inches of H2o we've all been anticipating.

And speaking of the Frio River, we have added two new properties to the FrioMan Family of vacation homes...Casa Bonita, here in Concan, and Sparkling Frio, which is located just six miles north of Leakey. Both homes are located on beautiful, "droughtproof" stretches of the river, and are going to be extremely popular family vacation homes.

Sparkling Frio is situated on the Cypress lined banks of the east prong of the Frio River, just 6.5 miles north of Leakey off of US 83. A really cool house on a beautiful, quiet stretch of the Frio. Fish, swim, kayak, or just soak up the atmosphere in this serene setting. Sparkling Frio has 3 bedrooms, two baths , sleeps 14 guests (maximum) @ $425 per night.

Casa Bonita sits next door to Vista del Rio, one of our most popular vacation homes located directly on the Frio River. Under construction, this wonderful new 3 bedroom, 3 bath Hill Country home will have a 47" flat panel tv, loft with pool table, fireplace, and much, much more. It will accommodate a max of 20 guests, @ $550 per night. And it's small pet friendly!

And for some &*#%*!$$ area news. Even though we haven't been formally notified, the Uvalde county commisioners have voted to raise the occupancy tax that we collect from you!
It was at 0% last summer. Now it will be 4%, plus the 6% that goes to the State of Texas, for a grand total of 10%. Not good, but at least it's not back to the 12% that people paid for about 10 years.

Mark your calendars.
Saturday, March 6, Texas Independence Day(March 2) Celebration - Gary P. Nunn at House Pasture
Freedom Fest-House pasture March 11,12,13 concert-bbq cookoff-fun-fun-fun

That's it for now. Don't forget to call us for year-round vacation fun!
Be back soon!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Color changes, green grass, awesome weather, & Garner State Park

Wow! If you've never been to the Frio Canyon and surrounding areas in the fall, you're missing it. The trees are putting on their brilliant colors, the grass is green and lush from recent rains, and the weather is AHH-some!

Gigi, Maddie, and I took a leisurely drive yesterday, down to the Frio above Neal's campground, and then on to GSP.

The water is probably a little too cool to swim or tube in for most, but just being there is so peaceful.

This weekend we're going to the Utopia Fall Art Fair.
44th Annual Utopia Fall Arts Fair - (Saturday November 7, 2009 9 am - 4 pm) Town Square, FM 187 in Utopia, Texas. There will be over 70 vendors of handmade arts & crafts plus music, food, craft demonstrations, and a silent auction to benefit local scholarships.

On November 28, Christmas on the square will be held at the courthouse square in Leakey, from 9am til 4pm. Santa Claus will be there for the kids from 10-noon, and again from 1-3. It's fun, we'll be there.

Come on, it's not ever too long of a drive to experience this. And the best part, no crowds!

This shot is looking upriver from the dam at GSP.

No description required, yall all know this spot!

We saw lots of deer and squirrels, a couple of the park folks, and a few campers.

Green is good! The 5 or 6 inches of rain we received in late September and October really revived the flora and fauna.

Oh, and we did see a few buzzards upriver from Rock Beach

You can still do the GSP dance thing after summer's over, but ya gotta bring your own music.

Well, what I'm trying to say is, you really need to come see us!
We're so thankful that we live in such a beautiful area, and can just hop in the truck and be at these spots in mere minutes. We hope you enjoy these pictures, and that they see you through the long off-season until your next trip to the Frio River.

Next trip, Lost Maples Natural Area outside of Vanderpool. The Bigtooth Maples, Lacy Oaks, and many other trees are beginning to turn colors. Another great place close by to hike and enjoy nature.
Take care, and don't forget to join FrioMan on Facebook.

FrioMan Vacation Lodging
Concan & Leakey Texas

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A little at a time

Well, it started raining again yesterday a.m., dropping around an inch here in Concan. Very light rain fell all night, and is still coming down slowly now. Although it won't bring the level of the Frio up right away, it's a great start to what we hope is a real, wet winter.
The Canyon is really greenin up now, and is looking great! As I "pen" this post, it is a cool 60 degrees out, a welcome relief from the 100+ temps many of us experienced all summer. But that's basically just normal Texas weather, right? The down side is jeans & shoes vs shorts & flip flops.
Just about got IMac figured out, so I oughtta be postin pics here again soon. In the meantime, just add FrioMan InConcan as a friend on Facebook for almost daily news and pictures from the Frio River area.
There is a link on our homepage ( to make it easy. If you haven't joined FB, try it, it's cool!
Take care, and I'll see yall soon!

FrioMan Vacation Lodging
Concan, Texas