Saturday, July 19, 2014

DESTINATION: Caprock Canyon State Park, TX first leg of our 2014 southwest motorcycle tour led us to Caprock Canyons State Park.  Caprock Canyons is located about 100 miles southeast of Amarillo, Texas, in Briscoe County.  The rugged beauty of Caprock Canyons State Park has been created over millions of years, shaped by wind and water. The park is located along the Caprock Escarpment, a long, narrow rocky formation as high as 1,000 feet that forms a natural tran­sition between the flat, high plains of the Llano Estacado to the west and the lower Rolling Plains to the east.   The park was opened in 1982 and consists of 15,313.6 acres.  The escarpment's scenic canyons were home for Indians of several cultures, including the Folsom culture of more than 10,000 years ago.  In 1541, the Spanish explorer Coronado visited the area.  In the 1700's the area was inhabited by Comanche who were displaced as Anglo settlements began and ranches were established.  In 2011, 80 descendants of the great southern plains bison herd were released to roam 700 acres of grasslands in the park.  From a safe distance, visitors can view these indigenous animals in their native habitat.

Historical marker within park
View of canyons
Natural bridge
Collard Lizard posed for us 
on top of gypsum buckle
Giant desert centipede guarding ladies' room door at welcome center
Area where bison allowed to freely roam the park