Quitaque, Texas

Caprock Canyon State Park

I’m not even sure how I ended up here other than that it was a fairly direct line from where I had been in Clovis, New Mexico to where I was going in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I feel very lucky that I found this park as the views and things to do were absolutely amazing. Caprock Canyon is a 15,000 acre state park about 100 miles Southeast of Amarillo. There is a large visitor’s center and numerous campsite areas and hiking opportunities.

I was there in the late spring when the wildflowers were blooming and the weather was quite pleasant. At the visitor’s center, I learned that the herd of bison that live here are one of five foundation herds that helped save the bison and have been here since 1878. The bison are allowed to roam freely and there were numerous cow patties throughout the campground, although I didn’t mind at all.

The dogs and I were even more excited to discover several prairie dog towns right in the campground vicinity so I got some fun photos and videos of these personable little creatures. This is one of those state parks that I would definitely stay in longer next time. They have month-long reservations November through February. There are also more primitive and hike-in campgrounds throughout the park.

The views are spectacular even if you don’t leave the campground area. I didn’t feel secure driving my motorhome further into the park to explore because I didn’t know what the roads would be like but next time I do, I’ll have a car and plan to do some exploring. Even so, we took some great hiking trails that were within walking distance of the campground.

There are several areas with day use facilities and areas with interpretive exhibits. Caprock Canyon is a state park that is best explored by car or motorcycle rather than walking so if you want to take advantage of the whole park, be prepared to drive.

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