Caprock Canyons State Park

Side Canyon

Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway falls between the Llano Estacado and North Central Plains regions of the Texas Panhandle.

Understand

Flora and fauna

The area contains badlands with mesquite, cacti and junipers with tall grasses, plums, hackberries and cottonwoods in the canyons.

The Park hosts the Texas state bison herd. At the urging of his wife, Charles Goodnight preserved several plains bison from those that were being slaughtered. This herd became one of the genetic sources from which current bison herds descend. The state herd only contains plains bison which have no cattle DNA.

African aouodad sheep (barbary sheep), mule deer, white-tailed deer, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, bobcats, foxes, porcupines, numerous species of snakes and lizards, and over 175 species of birds including Golden Eagles are found within the park. Lake Theo contains bass and catfish.

Climate

Average minimum temperature in January is 19 degrees. The average maximum in July is 91 degrees. Average rainfall is 20.4 inches.

Get in

Access is by Texas Highway 256 east of Silverton and northwest of Turkey.

Fees/Permits

$3 per day, per person 13 and older, 12 and under free. Special entrance rates for holders of:

See

The official Texas State Buffalo Herd

Do

Hike, bike, and ride horses on almost 90 miles of marked trails, including the Trailway, a 64.25 mile stretch that was once a railroad line. The path crosses 46 bridges and passes through Clarity Tunnel as it weaves its way from the top of the Caprocks down to the North Central Plains, terminating at the small town of Estelline. Excluding the Trailway, some of the trails here are not for the beginner, with steep climbs and precipitous drops. Check with a ranger before embarking. Ranger Station - 806-455-1492

Sleep

Camping

Information line: 1-800-792-1112. Fees are charged in addition to the campsite or facility fee. Pets are not allowed in any Texas State Park buildings. Maximum 8 people per campsite unless otherwise noted. Applicable daily entrance fees are charged in addition to the campsite or facility fee.

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