Caprock Canyons State Park

We’re almost to the Panhandle - time for another Texas State Park.

Overview

Caprock Canyons is located about 100 miles southeast of Amarillo in the town of Quitaque (which even the town website can’t decide how to pronounce - mentioning both “kitty-quay”  and “kit-ta-kway” ).

Located in the Plains region of Texas, the beautiful red caverns are a nice suprise. In addition to the interesting plant life, it has lots of wildlife, including the official bison herd of the State of Texas. The park has:

  • 35 Campsites with electric/water, equestrian and primitive tent sites
  • Hiking, mountain biking, and horse-back riding trails
  • Swimming, fishing and boating in the no-wake lake
  • Intermittent AT&T coverage and no Verizon signal

What We Liked

We made two trips into the park. On our first trip we drove the scenic drive through the park, getting out of the truck to take in the beautiful views. We also spotted wildlife along the way, including the bison that the park is known for.

For our second trip we headed in about an hour before sunset. We wanted to see the caverns in a different light than the high-noon sun we’d seen during our first trip.

Before the sun went down we had fun looking for the ground hogs, roadrunners, and bison. In fact, we had a closeup view of a bison that popped out of the bushes a few yards in front of our truck.

After the sun went down we had a beautiful view of the stars.

Caprock Canyons view

Caprock Canyons view

Another beautiful view

Another beautiful view

Miranda's favorite view

Miranda's favorite view

Sentry for the groundhog village

Sentry for the groundhog village

The greens of the plant life were aglow as the sun began to set.

The greens of the plant life were aglow as the sun began to set.

We particularly liked the purple flowers of this bush.

We particularly liked the purple flowers of this bush.

It was a great show.

It was a great show.

After sneaking up on us, this bison continued grazing along the road.

After sneaking up on us, this bison continued grazing along the road.

What We Didn’t Like

The wind! The wind was blowing so strong during our first visit that we pretty much preferred to stay in the truck for the views. The park ranger told us that with the spring season comes the wind.

The campsites looked very nice, and we had planned to camp here. But, when we learned it was a Verizon no-coverage zone, we opted for a campground in Silverton that had free wi-fi.

Overall

Caprock Canyons State Park is a beautiful cavernous park amongst fields full of crops and cows. And, if you’re not in need of Verizon coverage, I think it would be a great park to camp in and to explore the trails.

Caprock Canyons State Park Links

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Have You Been?

Have you visited the beautiful red rocks of Caprock Canyons?

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