Caprock Canyons State Park

Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway are nestled in the Caprock Canyonlands, between the eastern edge of the High Plains escarpment and the western edge of the Rolling Plains. The Caprock Canyonlands are a band of rugged canyons that were carved by the back-cutting of easterly flowing streams, along the Caprock Escarpment. The plentiful natural resources available in the Canyonlands have drawn people to the area for at least the last 12,000 years. The Park and Trailway offer spectacular views of over 200 million years of geological history and an opportunity to experience the diverse prairie and canyon flora and fauna. Caprock Canyons State Park is the home of the official Texas State Bison Herd, which are remnants of the Southern Plains Bison that were saved from probable extinction by Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight. The 64 mile long Trailway, stretching from Estelline to South Plains, was once a part of the Fort Worth & Denver South Plains railway and is now a hiking, biking, and horseback riding conversion of trails. The Trailway also includes Clarity Tunnel which is included in the National Register of Historic places. This tunnel is now the home of up to a half a million Mexican Free-tailed bats each summer.

There are various day-use and camping facilities as well as over 20 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails located within the park not including the 64 miles of Trailway. There are also excellent fishing opportunities at Lake Theo as well as wildlife watching and visitors now have the opportunity to view one of the last living symbols of the West in their native habitat, remnants of the Southern Plains Bison which at one time roamed the plains in great numbers.