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Old 08-17-2014, 04:17 PM   #1
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Caprock Canyon State Park Texas

We have taken to the road on our 5 week tour of the West/Southwest. Our second stop was at Caprock Canyon SP. Wow, is this a gorgeous place! It is a bit remote - closest large town is Amarillo which is 1.5 hours away. The official address is Quitaque, Tx. (I'll give ya a wooden nickel if you can pronounce that without the help of Google) I would suggest a visit in cooler weather. It is HOT. Brutally so. And not much shade. And I will also warn you about the flies and horse flies. An absurd abundance of them. At times you can't be outside without being attacked by them. There is a bison herd in the park and I suspect that and the large amount of ranches in the area is the fly problem. The views are worth a few fly bites, tho.

I am hoping to post a couple of phone cam shots. Here goes...
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Nice pic's, thanks. Have not seen a horned toad for decades. As a kid I grew up in desert and they were abundant and we enjoyed playing with them. Again thanks for the great pic's.
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We used to play with them when we were kiddos too. Thanks for the nice comments
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We have camped there several times through out the years. Beautiful campground with plenty of hiking trails. I would not go there in the summer but in the spring and fall when it is cooler
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We loved it. Turned out to be a great prelude and introduction to Texas canyons, just before we went to Palo Duro Canyon.

Quitaque is a small, small, town with a great little diner. The sign that suggests self-service for the iced tea said:" Get it yourself." I never will forget that. Loved it.
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Wife and I try to get there at least once a year. Go in April when the Bob Wills festival is going on in Turkey, Tx. Turkey is another small town that decades ago was a thriving metropolis - now just kind of shriveling up. Caprock Canyon is a great park. Home to the official State of Texas Buffalo herd.
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Looks awesome......hot now but

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We have taken to the road on our 5 week tour of the West/Southwest. Our second stop was at Caprock Canyon SP. Wow, is this a gorgeous place! It is a bit remote - closest large town is Amarillo which is 1.5 hours away. The official address is Quitaque, Tx. (I'll give ya a wooden nickel if you can pronounce that without the help of Google) I would suggest a visit in cooler weather. It is HOT. Brutally so. And not much shade. And I will also warn you about the flies and horse flies. An absurd abundance of them. At times you can't be outside without being attacked by them. There is a bison herd in the park and I suspect that and the large amount of ranches in the area is the fly problem. The views are worth a few fly bites, tho.

I am hoping to post a couple of phone cam shots. Here goes...
what would it be like in December? Looking for some stops on the way to Arizona. Thanks!!
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December you might get anything. That area of Silverton to Turkey can get some drastic weather. In December it might be 70 degrees or 20 degrees. Might be clear and bright or snow and ice. Best bet is to watch the weather reports - KCBD the Lubbock NBC station does a pretty good job of weather reporting in that area. From the Campground Website - "January average low temperature is 19 degrees. July average high temperature is 91 degrees. Average rainfall is 20.4 inches."
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what would it be like in December? Looking for some stops on the way to Arizona. Thanks!!
I would say that if the weather cooperates with your timing to definitely make it a stop along your way. It is gorgeous and I wish we had been able to explore more. Palo Duro Canyon is not too far from there as well and would be another good option.
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