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Wild Horse Trail, TX

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Distance Round Trip 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,423 feet
Elevation Gain -166 feet
Accumulated Gain 59 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.7
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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24  2020-06-02
Wild Horse Trail Loop
markthurman53
Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 187
Routes 718
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Trips 542 map ( 4,954 miles )
Age 67 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, May, Oct → Any
Seasons   Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:50am - 7:51pm
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CAPROCK CANYON

Like Palo Duro Canyon, Caprock 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 red beds. 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 offered 30 miles of trails. Besides the scenic trails, the other attraction is the Bison, of which there are quite a few.


Wild Horse Trail

Overview
The Wild Horse Trail Head is at the Wild Horse Camp Ground along the Park Road. This is a 2.4-mile trail that starts on the plains above the Little Red River but, after 0.75 miles, drops into and stays along the river. The terminus is at the park boundary along hwy 29. This trail can be used as one leg of a larger loop hike involving The North and South Prong Trails, Mesa Trail, and Rim Trail. The River, which is more like a creek, was dry in June when I was here.

Hike
From the Wild Horse Camp Ground Trailhead, the trail heads north along a plain about 150 feet above the river. About 0.5 miles in, the trail drops gradually to the river bed. Lots of exposed gypsum beds as you make the descent. The North and South Prong trails intersect the Wild Horse Trail once in the river bed. From here, the trail heads east, following along the river. About 0.5 miles past this junction, the Mesa Trail heads off to the North, and 0.1 miles later, the Rim Trail heads off to the South. Both of these trails can also be used as part of a larger loop hike. Between the intersections of these two trails is an old windmill, evidence of earlier ranching. The entirety of the trail along the river is along an old two-track. Except for a few spots along the trail, it's not real impressive, but this will probably be used as one section of a larger loop hike. Wildflowers in the spring abound.

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2020-12-03 markthurman53
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Fees are typically $4-$7 per person. Check the texas.gov site for park hours and current fees.


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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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