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Best State Park : Caprock Canyons Briscoe CountyCaprock Canyons State Park and Trailway

Quitaque, Texas

COMING SOON...The State Bison Herd is now under the direction of the Parks Division & will soon be seen in their new home at the front part of Caprock Canyons State Park!

This park offers both day use and camping areas. Visitors may bring their own horses to enjoy this riding area in excess of 5000 acres of spacious, spectacular, backcountry scenery, with approximately 14 miles of riding trails. These trails can be rugged, with cliffs, drop-offs, and steep climbs and descents. Experienced riders can find challenging areas along the trails. Caprock Canyons Trailway is a 64.25-mile, multi-use trail, open to horse riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. This rail-to-trail conversion features a fairly level surface, with a 1% grade or less, which stretches from South Plains to near Estelline. The scenic backcountry offers beautiful vistas, wildlife viewing, nearly unbroken solitude, and passes through one of the last remaining railroad tunnels in Texas. There are 7 parking lots along the multi-use trail, spaced about 10 miles apart.

 

The equestrian camping area consists of 12 campsites with picnic tables, fire rings, and two horse corrals (10’ x 20’). Campers have the choice of primitive or developed-style camping. The primitive camp area accommodates up to 20 people and has 2 community corrals. It is located near the Little Red River. This site requires a hike or ride of one mile. Vehicles are not allowed at any of the primitive sites, parking is available at the trailhead, water is not potable, and restrooms are not available in either area.

 

Rentals – Horses can be rented at Quitaque Riding Stables, adjacent to the Trailway (806/455-1208). They offer guided or unsupervised rentals. Reservations are suggested.

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Pole Canyon RanchPole Canyon Ranch

Trail of the Comanche

The folklore of the Comanche and the Comanchero is very strong in this area. Pole Canyon Ranch sits astride the very land that these native people lived and traveled. The Comanche took winter refuge in the Caprock Canyonlands and hunted the buffalo, deer and antelope. They also used these lands as a trading grounds to bargain stolen cattle, horses and captives with the Comanchero out of New Mexico.

 

Los Lingos Creek was a major trading rendezvous for the Comanche and Comanchero. As this trade reached its peak in the mid-1800s, the drama of trading the captive Anglos to the Comanchero played out in the Valley of Tears along Los Lingos Creek. It is here that Quanah Parker and his kinsmen camped and traded. It is here that Jose Tofoya made contact with the raiding natives. It is here the wail of captives being separated from their families could be heard. The echo of those times still haunts the rugged caprock canyons.

 

Pole Canyon Ranch borders and provides an overlook to the Valley of Tears and adjoins Los Lingos Creek. Riding in this beautiful area takes one back to those times of old. The isolation and ruggedness of the trail provides an opportunity to reflect on what those times were like.

 

Pole Canyon RanchSo, ride the Trail of the Comanche at Pole Canyon Ranch. This trail meanders 7 miles along Los Lingos Creek and provides an excellent overlook of the Valley of Tears. The ride is scenic and interesting. Wildlife abounds along the way. Hear the call of the wild on this wonderful ride.

 

Location: 8 miles southwest of Quitaque, Texas on FM 689.

Facilities: Horse pens with water, RV sites – full hookups, guesthouse, and miles and miles of trails over the 6,000 acre Pole Canyon Ranch

 

Contact: Phil & Lynnette Barefield, Managers (806) 455-1446

www.polecanyon.com

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