(Ron Writing) This morning we left Floydada, TX heading north on Hwy 207. About 3 miles past South Plains we turned east on Hwy 689, then north on Hwy 1065 to Quitaque, TX. About 3 miles north west of Quitaque is the Caprock Canyons State Park. This Texas state park was purchased in 1975 to preserve a large area of rugged canyons the on eastern edge of the high plains area. It opened as a park in 1982. The scenery here is quite a contrast to the very flat land we’ve been driving over the past few days. There is also an abundance of wildlife here and it is the home of the Texas State Bison Herd. This herd is descended from some of the last wild bison to roam the Texas plains. A local rancher, Charles Goodnight and his wife Mary Ann, rescued 2 wild bison calves in the mid-1880’s and carefully built the herd up to 250 head by 1929. This herd was later donated to the state of TX and is now located here in the park, part of their native range.
We got settled into a very nice campsite and then went for a ride on the park roads. This is a large park – over 15,000 acres. There are several campgrounds, miles of hiking trails, horse trails, and even a campground just for people who bring riding horses. In that campground each site has a corral for the horses. We’ve never seen that before.
We didn’t do any hiking since it was about 90° and quite windy. After our drive we came back to our site with electric and water hookups ($21/night) and relaxed and read outdoors in the shade. This evening, after it cooled down, we went for a long walk around the campground. We saw many cottontail rabbits and mule deer. This campground is one of the nicer ones we’ve found. The sites are very large and well separated with trees and shrubs between sites. Each has a picnic table on a cement slab with a roof and a windbreak on one side. It is so quiet and peaceful here – about all we hear are the many birds singing.