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The park offers day-use and camping facilities; hiking; horseback riding; mountain biking; boating on a no-wake lake (120-surface-acres, 30' when full); fishing; lake swimming; a scenic drive; guided tours; and seasonal concessions offering horse rentals. Almost 90 miles of multi-use trails range from the very difficult in rugged terrain to trails with less than 3% grade. About 25 miles of the trails include cliffs and drop-offs, with steep climbs and descents that are recommended only for the experienced equestrian and mountain bike riders. When visiting Caprock Canyons State Park, be sure to check out the recently completed audio driving guide to the park. It's like having a tour guide on your own schedule and it's free! The audio guide is available for check-out, at the park headquarters, on tape or CD ($5 deposit).

Excellent trail - perfect for winter and late fall.

We did this trail with a group of 15 in early February on a sunny cool day. We loved that it provides access to all the different vistas of the Canyon, low lying riverbed crossings, as well as a 360 degree view from top of the ridge. There is some shade in some sections. In summer this trail will get very hot. There are many river crossings. The group included kids as young as 6. The ascent and descent on top of the Haynes ridge is somewhat washed out and the trail can have loose gravel, loose stones, and very slippery and steep sections. We had a great hike and loved this trail!

This is a fantastic hike! Definitely recommend.

Fantastic, scenery was amazing! Good for any skill level.

Nice trail , but I find the northern trails more varied and exciting. However, you won't be disappointed.

Definately need tons of water!! The most difficult part is right away going up the mesa (like straight rock climbing) but after that it's smooth sailing till you get to the cave. Make sure you bring tons of water, I went through about 1.5 liters and it was only 55°. We attempted to go through North Prong but got turned around and ended up back on the ridge trail (it's not marked well after the cave). Next time I'll go up through the prong or upper canyon trail first!! Going back down isn't nearly as bad as going up. Can't beat the views though!!! It's beautiful!

Pretty easy for the most part though the last portion is difficult because of the climb. Take plenty of water, you’ll need it. We only hiked the south portion of the loop and back the same way but the views will make for beautiful pictures to brag about.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy hike and pleasing views. Try your mountain bike here, wide trail path.

Nice cloudy and breezy day for a hike. The dog picked up a few stickers on the trail. Nice and cool in the fern cave.

Nice easy hike on a cool day, easy to follow trail and nice views along the way.

Beautiful Canyon, loved the park. Due to heavy rains lately the mosquitos were extremely bad!!! It takes a lot to run us off but after half a mile into the trail (trail itself was fantastic) we turned around and ran as quick as we could to the car. We will go back later & take tons of spray with us.

Trail is in pretty great shape despite heavy rains 2 days ago. The park has added tall white poles to aid tail navigation in addition to the T Posts with arrows. Everything is SO GREEN this year and fern Cave is glorious.

We loved this trail! The first mile or so is all at the canyon bottom with beautiful views. Then you do have to do a bit of climbing. It’s not too bad, but you definitely need water, some snacks, and good hiking boots! Trekking poles may be good too! The view from the top is incredible, the highest point in the park. From there we kept going on the loop to find the fern cave which was very different from most other sights in the park, very green and beautiful. It was all downhill from there- literally! Lots of rocks, so watch your step, but again just beautiful sights. I definitely recommend doing the entire loop. It was a little over 7 miles and SO worth it! We met some local college students who say this Canyon is prettier than the nearby Palo Duro (which we had attempted to hike but couldn’t because trails were closed due to heavy rainfall.)

Beautiful hiking here. Recommend going with a group. Watch out for the bison that roam the area. This trail is easy. The park also offers more difficult trails up into the canyon walls. Have fun!

Great trail. It is one of the toughest trails in the park. You're going to need that gallon of water the park wants you to have for each person/pet. Advice: pay attention to the trail. 2 seconds of a wandering mind while hiking = broke ankle. This trail takes great effort with rocky and sandy sections. There are steep inclines/declines. Even after my bad ending on my first visit, my husband and I have gone back multiple times. If you want a little bit of a challenge, this is a good trail.

Bring at least a gallon a person/dog. We took the east side up from the South Prong campground and it was gorgeous. Fairly rocky and a little steep getting to the "cave," but well worth the climb. The eastern portion of the Upper Canyon Trail is much flatter, but almost wide open to sun with little breeze in the canyon. Take shade and water breaks when you can.

hiking
5 months ago

There is no shade at all, so go on a cooler day. The trail is easy. I took the kids. We totally missed the Natural Bridge! I figured it washed away or something, but apparently I just didn't know where to look.

Really difficult on the first stretch but totally worth it. The personal challenge and the views make this worth it. Bring lots of water.

hiking
6 months ago

Fairly easy. Some up and down. No shade at all unless you go into the natural bridge. Nice formations and views! Cross over a couple of small creeks. Really muddy after a good rain.

hiking
6 months ago

Not a bad hike. Hard to find the natural bridge if you're not sure where to look for the offshoot trail.

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