In the Panhandle of Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Amarillo, Caprock Canyons State Park contains 90 miles of trails to explore. The area is also home to wandering bison, and bats that roost in Clarity Tunnel. In addition to hiking and taking in the wildlife, visitors to Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway can also camp, ride horses or bicycles, geocache, or go for a scenic drive.
The trails in the park range in length and difficulty, between one and 15 miles long. Many trails are open to horses, but some should only be attempted by experienced riders. There is usually water available for animals along the trails, but you should always bring your own drinking water.
Just like any other Texas state park, Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway does not allow any pets inside buildings. And for the safety of your dog and for the protection of local wildlife, dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length. If you’re hiking with your dog, always bring enough water for yourself and your pet and be aware of hazards on the trail.
It’s a good idea to come prepared with your own waste bags, as they aren’t always available. Always be sure to clean up after yourself and your pet. Be respectful of posted rules and signs and of other park visitors; never bring aggressive dogs or unvaccinated puppies, or allow your dog to be a nuisance to others.
The campsites range from basic, primitive sites to fully equipped with water and electricity hookups. There are also eight equestrian sites with corrals. On the water, visitors can swim, fish, and enjoy no-wake boating. If you’re in the Texas Panhandle and are looking for a beautiful spot to camp, ride your horse, or spend a day taking in wildlife, Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is the perfect place.