Note: This item is more than nine years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references.
Caprock Canyons State Park To Unveil New Visitor Center
QUITAQUE, Texas — Caprock Canyons State Park will celebrate its 25th anniversary and the grand opening of its new $1 million visitor center with a host of activities Oct. 19-20 at the park.
The public is invited to Saturday’s celebration that starts at 9 a.m. with a Dutch oven cooking demonstration, driving tours of the park, children’s activities and a buffalo hunter living history program. There will be a 2 p.m. ribbon cutting for the visitors center, followed by tours of the new facilities. Planning on the project began in 1999.
Drinks and food, including buffalo burgers, will be available at Saturday’s daylong event. On Friday night, the park’s friends group is hosting a reception and live auction, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the park or the First National Bank of Quitaque.
The 4,400-square-foot Visitor Center is part of a major park project that also includes a new group meeting pavilion, adjacent bison viewing platform overlooking the Texas State Bison Herd pasture, wayside signage, a parking lot and 24-hour restrooms. Exhibits to be installed later inside and outside the Visitors Center will interpret outstanding park features.
The visitor center also includes a State Park Store, storage space, lobby and registration area and park administrative offices. In addition, the project includes a park map, interpretive panels on bison conservation at the overlook and panels offering in-depth interpretation of park geology, selected park areas and various trails.
“The informative exhibits are being designed to create a concise and cohesive interpretive narrative about the cultural and natural resources of the state park, the Southern Plains Bison Herd and Caprock Canyons Trailway,” said park superintendent Deanna Oberheu. “A new sidewalk connects the center to the bison overlook, where we’ve installed telescopes to spot the Texas State Bison Herd in its native habitat.”
Caprock Canyons State Park features more than 14,000 acres of rugged but picturesque redrock canyonlands carved by tributaries of the Red River at the doorstep of the Texas Panhandle’s High Plains. Highlights include Lake Theo, 29 miles of trails, scenic campgrounds, a 64-mile trailway along an old railroad right of way that runs from Estelline to South Plains and surviving remnants of the only genetically pure herd of the Southern Plains bison descended from stock once owned by legendary Panhandle ranchers Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight.
Funding for the Visitor Center came from a variety of sources. This includes a significant donation from Buffalo Funds, a mutual fund family managed by Kornitzer Capital Management of Kansas, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Other monies came from Connolly Development Bonds, plus a federal highway grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
For more information about the celebration, call the park at (806) 455-1492.
On the Net:
Publication — Permission is granted to publish, in whole or in part, any news releases on this page.
Print — A print-friendly version of the news release shows only the release with font sizes set to the browser default.
Plain Text — Plain text versions of TPWD news releases are provided for copying and pasting into editing software.
To copy text into an editing software:
- Click a Plain Text link to display the plain text page in your browser.
- Select all.
- Paste in a document in your editing program.
Permalink — This is a direct link to the news release, omitting the navigation context from the URI.
English/Spanish — News releases posted in both English and Spanish have one of these links.
If you have any suggestions for improving these pages, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Plain Text Pages.