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Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway

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Location  Briscoe County, Texas
Area  61.97 km²
Phone  +1 806-455-1492
Nearest city  Quitaque
Established  1982
Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway
Governing body  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Address  850 Caprock Canyon Park Road, Quitaque, TX 79255, USA
Hours  Closing soon · 8AM–12PM, 1–5PMTexas Independence Day might affect these hoursThursday(Texas Independence Day)8AM–12PM, 1–5PMHours might differFriday8AM–12PM, 1–5PMSaturday8AM–12PM, 1–5PMSunday8AM–12PM, 1–5PMMonday8AM–12PM, 1–5PMTuesday8AM–12PM, 1–5PMWednesday8AM–12PM, 1–5PM

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Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is a Texas state park located along the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado in Briscoe County, Texas, United States, approximately 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Amarillo. The state park opened in 1982 and is 15,314 acres (6,197 ha) in size, making it the third-largest state park in Texas.

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Bison at caprock canyons state park and trailway


Trailway

In 1993, a hiking, biking, and equestrian rail trail opened that stretches through the park through Floyd, Briscoe, and Hall counties. The trailway was created after the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department acquired 64.25 miles (103 km) of right-of-way from the abandoned Fort Worth and Denver Railroad's lines between Estelline and South Plains.

Climate

The park is located in West Texas and has a semi-arid climate. The average January minimum temperature is 19 °F (−7 °C) and the average July maximum is 91 °F (33 °C). The park receives 20.4 inches (520 mm) of precipitation annually.

Flora and fauna

The area contains badlands with mesquite, cacti and junipers with tall grasses, plums, hackberries and cottonwoods in the canyons.

The Park hosts the Texas state bison herd. At the urging of his wife, Charles Goodnight preserved several plains bison from those that were being slaughtered. This herd became one of the genetic sources from which current bison herds descend. The state herd only contains plains bison which have no cattle DNA.

African aouodad sheep (Barbary sheep), mule deer, white-tailed deer, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, bobcats, foxes, porcupines, numerous species of snakes and lizards, and over 175 species of birds including golden eagles are found within the park. Lake Theo contains bass, catfish, and rainbow trout. In the summer of 2012 black-tailed prairie dogs were reintroduced to a 200-acre (81 ha) area within the park.

References

Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway Wikipedia


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