I am considering a three day biking/hiking/camping trip to Caprock Canyon state park in Texas. First week in May possibly. Palo Duro canyon state park is just a few miles more, and I was wondering if anyone knew which one would offer better red rock oportunities? Anyone ever visit either of these areas?
For those not familar with these areas:
Thanks in advance.
The spring and summer rains should be over by then. It won't be too hot. I would watch the sky and if you have a weather radio with you I would keep it on. Tornadoes are very common in that country in the spring and summer. Nothing to worry about but you need to keep one eye peeled. Rattlesnakes are fairly common but again not to worry just be aware. Scorpions are around as is prickly pear cactus. Have fun
I haven't been to Palo Duro, but I've been to Caprock Canyon State Park. It was cold and windy when I was there in early February of this year, but I practically had the park to myself. I only saw perhaps a half dozen other people.
I enjoyed my time there. I hiked the trails with my 8x10 and made a few good images of the red cliffs and the dry winter vegetation. There are buffalo there that stick to the flat open areas, for the most part, and there are imported African sheep that climb all over the cliffs.
If you are camping out, there are two primitive campsites that are accessible only on foot by hiking in about a mile. There is also an equestrian campsite (bring your own horse), a couple of vehicle-accessible campsites that have water (sometimes), and one small motor campsite with electricity and water (sometimes) hookups.
The park entrance is near the very small town of Quitaque (the locals pronounce it "Kitty Kway"). There's a diner in town, a place to get gas and a few groceries, but don't count on stocking up on supplies there. Do that in Amarillo, Lubbock, or Childress, depending on where you are coming from. You should plan on bringing your own drinking water in. Water is often in limited supply, and when I was there, there were posted warnings about high levels of some contaminant, but I don't recall what it was. Check with the park rangers about the water.
Well, I went to Caprock Canyon State Park last week end. It's a very remote park that is very under used. This was one of the best times of the year to visit as the temps were tollerable during the day and rather cool in the evening. A steady wind/breeze blew almost constantly. Also much was in bloom.I stayed in the South Prong camping area, and there were only three other sites occupied on Sunday night, and I had the entire area to my self on Monday night.
Great trails, plenty of photo opportunities, and not enough time. Prong horns, jack rabits, and green lizards made up most of the wildlife seen. No snakes of any kind although I was assured they were there! I would highly recomend it to anyone, especially those in the DFW area. It is only 5 hours away, and well worth the drive.
The attached photo is a very poor scan of a decent photo, but it gives you some idea of the photo opps you would find in the park.