Caprock Canyons State Park RV & Campground Guide

Texas

Caprock Canyons State Park

& Trailway is located between Amarillo, Texas, to the north and Lubbock, Texas, to the south. At 64 miles, the Caprock Canyons Trailway is the longest recreational corridor in this region of the U.S. The trail runs along the prior right-of-way of the "Burlington," which originally connected Chicago, the Twin Cities and St. Louis with Cheyenne, Denver and Dallas. This section of railroad was acquired by the Texas State Parks System and was formed into the Trailway in 1993. Inside the park itself, there are herds of bison, canyons, badlands and 90 miles of trails, including the Trailway.

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Weather
Spring 33-79 F
Summer 61-92 F
Fall 32-82 F
Winter 24-54 F
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Nearby Cities
Amarillo, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Caprock Canyons State Park

Traveling in the Panhandle section of Texas offers a chance to see some great country in this northern part of the state. Besides the natural wonders and fun attractions in the area, you are also at the gateway to the West. An ideal way to get to everywhere you want to go is by either driving your own RV or renting one on RVshare. You can stay at Caprock Canyons State Park and many other interesting campgrounds along the way. 

Palo Duro Rim RV Campground

The adventure-seekers in your family will love staying at this campground near Amarillo. There are two zip lines inside the park that give you a great view of the canyon as you sail across the sky. You can also take part in a half-day outing of team-building while rappelling down 13 stories of natural rock. You can camp at designated sites with full hookups and electricity or utilize their free-range parking sites. While at the campground, explore various walking trails into the canyon and the surrounding areas.

• Number of sites: 50 

• Rates: $29/night 

• Type of hookup: Full hookups

• Electrical amps: 30

• Wi-Fi: No

• Pool/Hot tub: No

• Cell reception: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Showers: Yes

Lubbock KOA

The Lubbock KOA is a little north of Lubbock and is near many popular attractions, including the Lubbock Lake Landmark, the Buddy Holly Center and the National Ranching Heritage Center. There is also a small amusement park in Lubbock. The RV park is family-friendly and has several outdoor games, a playground and a snack bar.

• Number of sites: 75+

• Rates: Call for rates

• Type of hookup: Full hookups

• Electrical amps: 30 and 50

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pool/Hot tub: Pool and a sauna

• Cell reception: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Showers: Yes

• Additional amenities: Indoor pool, propane for sale, dump station

Fort Amarillo RV Resort

This is a fun and popular RV resort in Amarillo. It has a western theme, and the catch-and-release fishing pond is well-stocked and fed by a stream. The recreation room has a game room for the kids.

• Number of sites: 100+

• Rates: $42/night

• Type of hookup: Full hookups

• Electrical Amps: 30 and 50

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pool/Hot tub: Yes

• Cell reception: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Showers: Yes

• Additional amenities: Game room, recreational building, lighted walking trails, on-site mercantile

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What to Do at
Caprock Canyons State Park

Inside Caprock Canyons State Park

The main feature of the park is the Trailway, which is open for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. It runs between the South Plains at the top of the Caprock Escarpment at the west end of the trail to Estelline in the Red River Valley at the eastern end of the trail. It traverses three counties, runs through the Clarity Railway Tunnel and crosses 46 bridges. The Clarity Tunnel is the summer home of a large colony of Mexican free-tailed bats. While in the park, you can also fish, swim, and boat in the no-wake Lake Theo, which is a 120-acre lake stocked with many varieties of fish. There are even Junior Ranger activities for the kids that allow them to earn badges.

Outside Caprock Canyons State Park

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway is located in the central part of the Texas Panhandle, near Amarillo and Lubbock. There are many sites to see and experience here, and when you are ready to leave the park, you can sightsee, dine out and shop in these nearby cities.

Restaurants

Bison Cafe

This hamburger joint offers unique and varied burgers and sandwiches. Some favorite burgers are the raspberry chicken burger and the mexi burger. They are open for lunch and dinner but closed on Mondays.

Type: Hamburgers

Caprock Cafe

Here, you'll find home cooking in a diner setting. Their breakfast items are tasty and large, and they have daily lunch specials and Friday pizza nights. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Type: Cafe

JB's BBQ

You can get a good variety of BBQ here, including brisket dishes. The coleslaw and potato salad are made in a German-style. They are open for lunch and dinner Wednesday - Saturday.

Type: BBQ

Something Different by Kay

This homey restaurant is located in nearby Silverton. They are famous for their homemade pies, and they serve well-reviewed breakfast and dinner items. Their fried catfish plates are popular and come with baked pinto beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and hush puppies. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Type: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Location: Silverton, TX

Lakeview Grill

Located in the town of Lakeview, which is close to Quitaque, Lakeview Grill is a very popular spot with limited hours; they are only open Friday and Saturday evenings. They serve a variety of dinner entrees, including ribeye steaks and catfish.

Location: Lakeview, TX

Shopping

Palo Duro Indian Trading

This is a souvenir shop in Amarillo that has a wide variety of low- and high-end items for sale. They have Native American jewelry, rugs, carvings, paintings and many other gifts.

Location: Amarillo, TX

Westgate Mall

Westgate Mall is a large shopping area that offers the standard anchor stores. It also features arcades, personal services, movies, and miniature golf.

Location: Amarillo, TX

Lilly Finch

Lilly Finch is a chain of boutique shops. It offers women's clothing and gifts and has a location in Amarillo.

Location: Amarillo, TX

The Rustic Gypsy

The Rustic Gypsy gift store features home decor, accessories, pottery, candles, and more for sale. They are located in Amarillo.

Location: Amarillo, TX

Second Impression Resale

This is a consignment store that offers furniture, clothing, and other gently used items. You'll find this shop in Amarillo. 

Location: Amarillo, TX

Sightseeing

Historic Route 66

The old east-to-west route runs through the city of Amarillo on the way to California. The district is one mile of historic buildings and unique shops in downtown Amarillo. You will find classic diners, lively restaurants, antique stores, crafts and artwork.

Location: Amarillo, TX

Amarillo Botanical Gardens

This area of Texas is partly desert, but there is also a variety of non-desert plant life that call the panhandle home. At the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, you will not only find many native Texas plants but also themes from other habitats, like a Japanese Garden and a tropical conservatory. There is even a butterfly garden. 

Location: Amarillo, TX

The National Ranching Heritage Center

An homage to the ranching history of the West, The National Ranching Heritage Center houses over 45 buildings in Lubbock. You can tour the Center and learn about the life of a rancher or take part in seasonal events. 

Location: Lubbock, TX

The Caviel Museum of African American History

This is one of the newer museums in Lubbock and relates the stories and history of African-Americans in this region. There are pieces of artwork, period artifacts, and antiques.

Location: Lubbock, TX

Buddy Holly Center

Dedicated to the life and memory of Buddy Holly and his band, The Crickets, the Buddy Holly Center is the perfect spot for music lovers. Inside, you'll find period artifacts that belonged to Buddy Holly, anecdotal material and antique memorabilia. 

Location: Lubbock, TX

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How to Get to
Caprock Canyons State Park

Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is located in the town of Quitaque on FM 1065. The park sits 3.5 miles north of Highway 86. The roads into the park and inside the park have paved surfaces.

Entering Caprock Canyons State Park

The park is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Passes can be reserved online or through the customer service office.

Per adult : $5

Entry is free for children 12 and under.

Texas is a large state, and you can literally spend days and weeks touring the area. Besides riding through the Panhandle, you can also get around to seeing the coastal areas in the south, and then you may want to head out west. Your RV lets you relax and enjoy the trip, taking many pictures along the way. If you visit Caprock Canyons State Park, be sure to post about your trip on social media and tag RVshare. You can also send your photos to [email protected] for your fellow travelers to enjoy.