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“Family camping with beautiful scenery”

Caprock Canyons State Park
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Quitaque
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Owner description: Ranks the third largest state park in Texas with 13,960 acres.
Fort Worth, Texas
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53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Family camping with beautiful scenery”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Our family of 3 traveled to Quitaque, TX to tent camp at Caprock Canyons State Park. We stayed in the South Prong Camping area. When we drove in the park, the bison herd was right there at the entrance. That was a really special treat! We checked in and we were assigned Site 50 in the South Prong area. One thing to note is that there are no picnic tables in the South Prong area. We brought our sun shade, but if I knew this ahead of time, we would have brought a table as well. We made due using our Rubbermaid totes as tables. Out of the tent camping areas, I would still pick this area for it's beauty. It's far into the park with beautiful views of the red rock cliffs all around you. Quitaque is very remote so make sure you bring your supplies with you. There is an Allsups gas station in Quitaque right before your turn down the road for the state park that sells firewood. They don't sell it in the park so make sure to grab some there before going in.

Unfortunately, we were rained out and had to leave early due to thunderstorms and flash floods. We had to drive through 2 areas with high water on our way back. If we were in a car, I'm not sure we would have made it.

Also, there are free showers available near the Honea Flat area. The womens showers were clean with private stalls (door included). My husband said the mens were clean, but there was no door or curtain on each stall, so be prepared to be seen.

We would go back in a heart beat. However, it there is any chance of t-storms, we may pass. The only thing is that I wish the ranger would have drove around the tent camping areas to warn us of inclement weather. We had to cell or internet service out that far, and we didn't know it was going to rain as bad as it did. If we knew, we would have left earlier. Since we didn't find out until around 12:30, we ended up having to take down our campsite in a torrential down pour instead of periods of no rain or just very light rain. It was definitely an adventure, that's for sure!!

Tips for tent camping at Caprock Canyons State Park:

South Prong Tent Camping Area - Bring sun shade and table - Most scenic!!

Little Red Tent Camping Area - 2nd most scenic - Picnic table with shelter provided at each site

Honea Flat Camping Area - RVs and tent camping - electric and water at each site - picnic tables and shelter at each site, near showers, but not very scenic at all.

Visited October 2013
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Galveston, Texas
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Amazing views and trails!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

My husband and I drove down from Palo Duro SP to visit Caprock Canyon SP. We missed seeing the bison herd, but we did see one on the way in. The trails are really nice, but not marked very well in the middle areas. Be sure to take lots of water on your hikes. We saw a roadrunner while we were there as well as some prairie dogs. Well worth the trip!

Visited October 2013
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Houston, Texas
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Free to roam”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Enjoyed three nights camping at state park..very quiet and not to full. Some trails too steep for biking( moderate my style) but others along rim are very scenic. Rode on rails to trails. Put in at monks crossing and go through clarity tunnel and go at least 5 miles past in beautiful canyons and hills.

Visited October 2013
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The Woodlands, Texas
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188 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Arrived after closing”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

My wife and I stopped off at the park to stretch our legs on our way from Houston to Colorado Springs. Unfortunately the park office was closed by the time we arrived, but we did drive around and find a place to walk down to the fishing pier to have a look at the lake. It was quite low but still very tranquil. I would recommend allowing yourself more time than we had available in order to get a real sense of what the park is all about. We did catch a glimpse of a herd of bison grazing far in the distance.

Visited September 2013
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Amarillo, TX
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268 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Scenic Canyon in Texas”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We live in Amarillo, which is approximately an hour and a half away. Although we have been hiking and camping in Palo Duro Canyon state park, THIS setting was a new experience for us. We saw a Bison herd right as we drove into the park! How cool is that? We would love to go back and camp in the Spring or Autumn when it is cooler....The hike didn't last too long because we had our dog and it was extremely hot, but it was still a lovely drive and the canyon is beautiful. We accidentally took the 256 after passing through Silverton, thinking we could enter the park on the north side (not clear on our map), and found out we had to turn south on the 70 at Turkey, TX and then loop around to the 86 until we got to Quitaque. It was a big loop basically, but ended up being a really beautiful drive. The drive up back to Amarillo we took the 86 back toward Tulia and then turned North on the 207 to Claude. If you have the time- take a scenic route!

Visited July 2013
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