There are very few places where majestic animals and exploring humans can freely roam among the great outdoors together and this Texas state park lets you do just that. Caprock Canyon State Park is home to the legendary Texas Bison. The bison roam free within the park while you get to explore 90 miles of trails. They also have an abandoned bat cave to get you really close to nature and the wildlife within it.
The 90 miles of trails are open for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders with trails for both beginners and experts. Their most scenic trail is the Haynes Ridge Overlook Trail which offers spectacular views of the entire park. If you're lucky enough, you'll see the bison marching down to get a drink of water.
While you can get close to these creatures, we urge you to stay a safe distance away from them. If you really want a picture with a bison, there are several statues and works of art around the park that are super Instagram worthy and depict the cute animal.
You can definitely hit the water while you're visiting the park because Lake Theo offers swimming and fishing to the anyone who wanders there. Camping is very much allowed at the park with rates starting at just $10 a night and working their way up to about $22 depending on amenities.
There is a $5 daily entry fee to the park but if you're going with a group then you only have to pay $3 each. The park is open every day of the week year-round.
Caprock Canyon Park is located at 850 Caprock Canyon Rd.
Quitaque, TX 79255. You can check out more information about the park on their website here.
Caprock Canyon State Park
Address: 50 Caprock Canyon Rd. Quitaque, TX 79255
Why you need to go: This Texas state park has 90 miles of trails and lets you experience nature by giving visitors close encounters with bison.