Upper Canyon Trail Loop is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Quitaque, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.9 miles
889 feet

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



Directions from Amarillo, TX: Take US Highway 27 south. The park is 3.5 miles north of State Highway 86 in Quitaque on FM 1065.

8 days ago

Great trail with kids. Beautiful views and when you get about a mile and half out you can start climbing as high as you want to your climbing level. Took us about 3 hours to go up to the ridge and back.

22 days ago

We took the South prong to Fern Cave and back. We did not do the loop today. Excellent views. The last 0.5 mile is uphill and rocky to get to the Fern cave, which was well worth it. Fern cave is a shady ledge with water and rocks with ferns growing over the rocks. Good place for a break and food. The entire hike from the parking lot and back was 7.2 miles.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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.)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Took the South Prong following a completion of the North Prong and Hayne Ridge Trails. Loved hiking up but be prepared to do a bit of climbing in spots. Went in the heat of the day and made a lot of stops but worth it for the views.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I took the South Prong to Fern Cave and back. This route is about 4 miles round-trip but strenuous. You spend much of the hike on the canyon floor then you make your way up the wall. Going up is a steep incline and you do have to scramble up rocks in a few patches. Please come prepared though! It is a challenging hike and the canyon gets hot. I saw so many people starting their hike in tennis shoes holding a single water bottle. You will not be able to make it and it would suck to have to turn back because you were unprepared.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Spent four days backpacking/camping here with a camping group. We also booked the tour for the bats at the mining area. It was very, very dry and dusty until a storm quickly rolled through. The Heavy rain washed several tents away in a matter of minutes. Mine stayed standing possibly because I used 4 steel tent stakes. Next year, I'd like to visit in the fall to enjoy longer hikes.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

25 miles of trails thru impressive canyonland. All are for hiking, most are open to bikes. Trails along the canyon floor are wide and easy, except for sandy crossings thru the creekbeds. Those that go back to the furthest reaches of the park are more steep, narrow, and rough....high difficulty. This is a beautiful park that rarely has big crowds. Busiest time is spring break. As far as the mountain biking goes, most of the trails open to this activity are very sandy. Most difficult trails are the upper and lower canyon trails, where the loose sand can be up to a foot deep. Hint: if you are biking, start from the front of the park. That will put you at the top of the canyon and the trails from there all drop down to the bottom. It is more fun to ride downhill, as the climbing back up the opposite direction are excruciating.

11 days ago

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Monday, November 21, 2016