Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Where Bison Roam
Wind and water over the eons shaped the rugged beauty of Caprock Canyons State Park in the Panhandle of Texas. Today, bison roam the plains, bats roost in Clarity Tunnel, and you can explore 90 miles of trails.
Things to Do
Besides marveling at the bison and bats, you can hike, ride horses or bikes, camp, geocache, or take a scenic drive. Lake Theo offers no-wake boating, fishing and swimming. Bring your group for a picnic.
Hiking and mountain-biking
Most of our nearly 90 miles of trails are open for hiking and biking. Trails range from easy (Mesa Trail) to very challenging (Haynes Ridge Overlook Trail). Lengths range from just over 1 mile to 15 miles. Only experienced bikers should ride the more difficult trails. Access the Trailway from the park or trailheads.
We allow horses on many of our trails. Only riders with experience should tackle the more challenging trails. These trails have cliffs and drop-offs, and steep climbs and descents.
- Water is usually available for animals along park trails, but you must bring your own drinking water. No water is available on the Trailway.
- Present proof of negative Coggins for each horse at park headquarters.
Choose from regular (water and electricity), basic (water only) and primitive sites. We also have eight equestrian campsites with corrals.
Enjoy swimming, fishing and no-wake boating in the 120-surface-acre Lake Theo. Borrow a fishing pole at headquarters and try your luck! We don’t provide bait, but sometimes have worms for sale.
We need your help! Check our Volunteer page, or call the park.
We stock small souvenirs.
Attend programs on the wildlife and history of the park, take park tours (some on our open-air shuttle), or enjoy a music event.
- Check our Events page for upcoming programs.
- Look for exhibits in the visitor center, at the bison overlook, and at the outdoor pavilion.
- Borrow an audio driving guide at headquarters.
- Visit our Nature and History pages.
Kids: Become a Junior Ranger!
- Borrow an explorer pack, loaded with tools for exploring the park.
- Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal. Complete tasks to earn a badge.
We help host the Texas State Bison Herd Music Festival each September in downtown Quitaque. The festival raises funds for maintaining the bison herd.
Nearby cities offer restaurants, museums and more:
Lakes in the area offer fishing, boating and water sports:
- Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (130 miles north of the park)
- Greenbelt Reservoir
- Mackenzie Reservoir (32 miles northwest)
- White River Reservoir (90 miles south)
The Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument protects the site of prehistoric flint quarries.