Caprock Canyons State Park - TRAIL

Caprock Canyons State Park - Trail, Quitaqua, Texas

The lower canyon trail, "main trail" (about 6.5 miles) is mostly a single track trail cutting through the bottom of the canyon. The course is circular and returns back to the parking lot from the South. This is nice because there is no back track or shuttle required. The North route has a nice rolling down-hill prelude to some grulling up-hill climbs. This is also the general course used for their annual Quitaqua Quest, an IMBA santioned race. Towards the end of the trail you will find a nice drop and steep down hill, really the only "dangerous sections. Depending on which direction the trail is taken, there is a very senic climb with the bike on foot. (bring a camera)

User Reviews (10)

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Kristi   Weekend Warrior [Sep 04, 2016]

The park is beautiful. The canyons are gorgeous and teeming with wildlife but we went to ride our mountain bikes and we were sorely disappointed. We attempted to ride the Lower Canyon Loop: Trails D,E & F and the trails are washed out and mostly unridable. We ended up carrying our bikes 75% of the trail. Be prepared to cross the creek several times on this loop and none of the crossings have trail markers.

Customer Service

Maybe bring road bikes and ride the roads.

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WreckMTech   Cross Country Rider [Jul 08, 2007]

This trail system is comprised mostly of fireroads. There is only one or two technical downhills. We had to walk because they were too loose to ride. The river crossings were also very loose. On Larsen TT tires, I would dig in about 3-4 inches and could not pedal out of it. The climbs are what this place is all about. This is the only place in West Texas that I have had to get into the granny gear. Poor signage!! Give this place a shot, it's different than Palo Duro Canyon, and much less crowded. We were the only people riding. The entire canyon has reverse osmosis water, just use the water run for a little while (at the camp sites).

Customer Service

We parked in the Honey Flats by the restrooms. We started on the upper canyon rim (make sure you look off to your right during this ride), make sure you stay on the fireroad. Go across the river (had water in it when we rode). Mesa Trail loop to the lower canyon trail. The best trail we road was the Eagle point trail. It was not sandy and had some climbs that will test even the most fit (we ride 5-7 days a week). We cooled down with a ride to the lake. About a total of 15 miles. I'm giving this a 5 overall rating because of the views and the lack of crowds.

Similar Products Used: Palo Duro Canyon - juniper (river and cliffside), capitol peak, and GSL
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boisebomber   Cross Country Rider [Mar 28, 2007]

i hit this trail after week of monsoon rains hit the hi plains. as I drove to the park, pastures looked more like south lousisiana than west texas. so when i rode the sandy trails were well drained although still damp. i rode the whole system, no need to dismount except at a few creek crossings. i don't want to extrapolate to hi summer, but i would think it rideable on 95% of trails. any and all creek crossings have a 10-15-yd sand trap. some rideable, others not.

canyon rim (2.5 mi) is sandy ST as it leave from Honey Flat, beginner trail until it descends down to creek and windmill(.5mi). this drop renders it a intermediate trail.


mesa trail climbs and drops thru 2-3 mi of rock and sand. intermediate.

lower canyon trail (4 mi) follows creek bed, crossing and recrossing 9 times. on 2 occasions you ride down the creek. this is where you will dismount /remount as sand traps lurks on approach to creek bed. intermediate climbing/drops (+/- 2 mi) adjacent to North Prong campsite/pkg. lot. intermediate overall.

upper canyon is CLOSED TO BIKES.

what i liked is :
1) do it as a loop with 2.5 mi return on pavement-with drop outs to road at several points.
2) great vistas of land , lots of land, 'neath the stary, stary skies

Signage is good , in disagreement with previous review. quite good free map available. pdf at website.

take lots of water - no water until return to honey CG.


Similar Products Used: palo curo trial system
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MTBikingAggie   Weekend Warrior [Mar 20, 2006]

I have only been here once, but I was pretty dissipointed. The place is beautiful! But it is not made for mountain bikers at all. There was maybe 1 good mile on the whole trail system. The rest of the milage followed a riverbed in the base of the canyon. If you like riding in thick sand, go for it. But I wouldn't recommend this place for a mountain biker.

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rippledmesh   Cross Country Rider [May 19, 2004]

I rode Caprock for the first time last weekend. I started out at Canyon Rim trail which is beside the Honey flat camping area. It was good single track with some sand for a couple of miles maybe, and ended with a pretty good doubletrack downhill with lots of rocks and washouts. This took me to a small river bed with a windmill. I proceeded across the river bed and went up what I believe was the Messa trail. This is when I got lost. The freakin signs are all faded out and you cant read them at all. I had a map, but still couldnt find my way. I could back track to the Canyon Rim trail from where I came, but I wanted to ride the Lower canyon trail and whatever else I could find. Well, needless to say, I got tired after going in circles for about an hour and finally decided to just go west on a trail I couldnt even find on my map. I knew this would eventually take me to the paved road that takes one from the park entrance all the way down into the canyon. Once I got to the paved road, my camelback was nearly out of water, I was getting scorched from the blazing sun, and my wife was expecting me back like 2 hours ago. So I just put it in granny gear and pedaled my sun burned, sand drenched butt back to camp. If the signs wouldve been readable, and I knew where I was, I wouldve had alot more fun. But it was still ok. But I will not go back until some sign maintenance has been done. Oh, yeah, I almost got bit by a 3-4 foot rattler that was sun bathing in the middle of downhill singletrack. I guess it just wasnt my day, I dunno!

Customer Service

Who the hell knows, you cant read any of the trail signs!

Similar Products Used: Any that are appropriatley marked!
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K2 Kid   Cross Country Rider [Sep 29, 2003]

I love to read the reviews of the young buckos. I'm 40something and go to Quitaque once or twice a year. This is a "take your pack and lunch" kind of deal. If you ride it all, it takes 4 or 5 hours and your butt will drag. Learn to eject at high speed as your nose wheel buries in the stream bed sand. You cross stream beds at least 15 times. Nothing fancy. Not as fast and exciting as Palo Duro but a good days exercise. Take the pack, the camera and some lungs for the climb out. Mini Grand Canyon views. Hot as hell in summer. Ride this in the fall.

Customer Service

I like to start by the little lake just past entry station and drop in. Going that direction, it is a mother of a climb out.

Similar Products Used: Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Very fine single track. Blow beets on the climb back out though if you park too high. Drive all the way in to the main trailhead.
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Scott Hubley   [Apr 17, 2001]

The trails at Caprock Canyons are poorly maintained. Most of the trails are full of thick, unridable sand. The only hard trails have tons of rocks in the middle of the trail and are scattered with horse tracks. I would not recommend this park to anyone--it is not worth the drive.

Similar Products Used: go up to Palo Duro Canyon and have some real fun.
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Nathan   [Apr 17, 2001]

I thought this place would be a good place to ride because i grew up always riding in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. But i was wrong. The trails were horrible. They were way too sandy, too rocky, and had a whole bunch of horse divets everywhere. I would not recommend this trail to anyone.

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none

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Maximus   [May 06, 2001]

The trails that run through the bottom of the canyon are filled with loose rocks, horse tracks, water crossings, and enough sand to fill the Sahara. If you're an elite rider that will not mind the trek through the 6 or so miles of sand then this is the trail for you. Most people wouldn't enjoy this terrain unless you were taking a pack mule.

Customer Service

Don't ride it.

Similar Products Used: There is supposed to be a very scenic "rails to trails" ride in this same area. I didn't have time to ride it, but I've heard that it is a nice easy ride.
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Lon   [Feb 21, 2002]

Geez, I have to disagree with the 3 who whined about the off road conditions on an off road trail. C'mon guys, This is mountian biking! In fairness, at least Nathan and Scott used their names and Maximus was accurate about certan trails. Yes, there is sand where the trails cross the river, we allow horses on some trails in Texas and you will find lots of rocks and washouts to challenge you on the ups and downs. My 15 year old daughter and 13 year old son can ride these, even the rocks and sand. Try something tough, it will improve your skills. Eagle Point is a 2 mile fun downhill and hard uphill. Upper Canyon is a nice 1.25 mile out and back from the South Prong Tent Camping area. The Canyon Loop is a 1-1/2 mile fire road with several small jumps and fast sections. You can go left and hook up with the Upper Canyon for 2 miles out and back, or try your luck in the sand on the Lower Canyon tr. for 2-1/2 miles. Take LC and another intersection takes you to the horse trail or continues the Lower Canyon for another 2.6 miles. I've only riddin the Canyon Rim trail once and remember it as swoopy singletrack through mesquite trees. It goes 3 miles out to the horsey-boy trail. The trails aren't crowded and everyone is friendly. Take tubes. This is the Great American Desert- cactus and thorns. You get used to it and you will be doing grin-inducing and pinch flat-causing drops and jumps. Bring water and a camera. Winter, fall and spring are the best for temperatures. I rode there last week and it was 65 degrees on Feb 16th.

Customer Service

lots of different trails. Of note is the Upper Canyon trail. It it posted no bikes, but the office and ranger have both explained that bikes are allowed, but not recommended, as there are some extremely steep and rugged sections where you will be forced to carry your bike. I don't see how, I've hiked this trail and wouldn't risk the climb with a bike on my back. The fern cave is cool though.

Similar Products Used: The PDC. Mackinze Lake.
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