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Canyon Rim Trail - Caprock, TX

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Distance One Way 2.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,602 feet
Elevation Gain -368 feet
Accumulated Gain 33 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.91
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Cap Rock Canyon Loop
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Routes 826
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Trips 658 map ( 5,627 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred Mar, Nov, Apr, Oct
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:03am - 7:35pm
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Mountains below the plains
by markthurman53


Caprock Canyon like Palo Duro Canyon is located on the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado just south of Amarillo, Texas. The Llano Estacado is a plain that encompasses eastern New Mexico and Northwest Texas. Caprock Canyon is at the breaks of this plain and is drained by the Little Red River. The Spanish named the area “Hay Sierras Debajo De Los Llanos”, There are mountains beneath the plains. Geologically they are composed of Permian-Triassic Redbeds. The little Red River drains the park with two major streams, the South Prong and the North Prong of the Little Red River. In 1982 this became a Texas State Park and offers 30 miles of trails. Besides the scenic trails the other attraction are the Bison of which there are quite a few.


The Canyon Rim Trail is on the Easternmost portion of the park along a ridge that is just to the West of Holmes Canyon. The trailhead is at the Honey Flat Camping area and ends 2.8 miles later at the junction with the Wild Horse Trail and the Little Red River. This trail offers views to the east over Holmes Canyon and to the west over the vast majority of Caprock Park. Like a lot of the other trails in this park this trail follows along what looks like an old jeep trail.

The trailhead for the Canyon Rim Trail is at the Honey Flat Camping Area just north of the restrooms and on the south end of the Prairie Dog town. There are views to the East over Holmes Canyon and to the west over the vast majority of the park. I can’t say how great the views were because on the morning I hiked this trail it was foggy. The Canyon Rim Trail can be done as part of a larger loop hike involving the Wild Horse, Lower South Prong and returning on the Eagles Peak Trail. If a long 17 mile hike is what you are looking for then I recommend what I call the Park outer perimeter loop. This loop would start out on the Canyon Rim Trail then on the Mesa and Mesa Spur to the North Prong trails and return on the South Prong Trail to the Eagle Peak Trail to get back where you started.

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    Caprock Canyon State Park is located South East of Amarillo and Northeast of Lubbock Texas. Interstate 27 is the main interstate. From the interstate take highway 86 to the Town of Quitaque where the park is located.
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