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In the northern section of Texas, almost equidistant from Amarillo and Lubbock, is the Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway. When you book an RV in Briscoe County, you’ll be able to explore this state park with ease. Just be sure to spend a few days or more motorhome camping here to see all there is to see. The park was originally opened in 1982 after the State of Texas purchased the land from Theo Geisler in 1975.
But the history of the land that the park is on goes back way further than 1975. The earliest known people to live and explore the area surrounding the park were Native Americans, specifically the Folsom culture, which can be traced back to more than 10,000 years ago. After them, there are records of Paleolithic hunters frequenting the area, with arrowheads and other tools still being found in and around Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway. This land has been home to many different peoples, and RV camping at Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway is a fantastic way to get a sense of how they lived on the land.
Bison still call the land of this park home, and visiting the park will almost surely award you the chance to see Bison out roaming and living their lives. One of the best ways to see Bison and other animals is to hike and mountain bike throughout the park, exploring any of the 90-plus miles of trails available to guests. These trails range from easy to difficult, so be sure to check out the available literature on trails before venturing out.
RV camping at state parks often offer a diverse collection of activities, and camping at Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway is no different. Aside from biking and hiking, horseback riding is also popular at this park. The majority of trails in the park allow horses, though some of the more difficult trails are only recommended for experienced equestrians.
With the onsite lake, Lake Theo, swimming, boating, and other water-related activities are possible. The lake covers more than 100 acres of surface area, and no-wake boating is permitted all across the lake. Swimming is also permitted, though guests should be aware that there is no lifeguard on duty unless otherwise posted. Guests can also fish in the lake, just be sure to have an up to date Texas fishing license to avoid any issues.
The state park RV campgrounds have limited campsites, so reserving your campsite ahead of time after arranging the details of your RV rental is recommended. There are approximately 44 campsites in total, split between campsites with 50 amp electricity, campsites with 30 amp electricity, and campsites only offering water. Campsites offering 30 amp electricity far outnumber the other two options, though the campsites only offering water are conveniently located near Lake Theo.
All campsites at Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway have access to fresh water, their own picnic table, a fire ring, a grill, a lantern post, and a small shade shelter. Each campsite allows up to eight campers, and all campsites require you to back your RV in. Centrally located facilities like showers, flushing toilets, trash receptacles, and a small information center are shared between all campers enjoying state park RV camping here.
Although a few, far smaller towns are closer to Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway than the town of Plainview, this town is one of the largest that is within easy driving distance of the park. Plainview is home to many modern amenities, and guests visiting the town should set aside some time to visit The Museum of Llano Estacado to learn about local history. Also in Plainview is the Contemporary Art Museum of Plainview, which features both local and national artists.
A trip into Plainview will also give you access to plenty of tasty, locally owned, and operated restaurants. Tacos are common here, in addition to Tex-Mex, Soulfood, Southern-style, Italian, Chinese, and more. A lot of restaurants can be found near E Givens Park, which is a gorgeous place to take a walk before or after your meal.
When you don’t want to drive all the way to Plainview, head to closer towns like Silverton, Quitaque, or Turkey. These towns don’t have as much to offer as Plainview, but they are still home to gas stations, small grocery stores, and even a museum or two. Turkey is home to the Bob Wills Museum, which tells the story of James Robert Wills, a famous Texas musician. All-in-all, exploring these small towns is a great way to get a feel for local life while you camp in an RV near Turkey.