As a recent post suggested, Texas has three must-see natural wonders, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Big Bend National Park. Being must-see, the aforementioned do not qualify as unusual destinations, but I think a handful of other natural wonders do, Caprock Canyons State Park included.
Caprock Canyons State Park is not a large park, but it has some remarkable landscapes within its boundary. It also has a herd of bison, but, sadly, we did not see it, the hot temperatures driving the animals to seek shelter among trees far from where visitors go if they stick to the trails.
We drove along all the asphalt roads within the park marvelling at the valleys, the peaks, the creeks, the flora and the birdlife. We also followed two trails so we could engage more intimately with the landscape. Outstanding visibility – small puffs of high altitude white cloud hung in a deep blue sky – ensured that the visit would never be forgotten. Needless to say, the caprock, more resistant to erosion than the softer rock below, is the main reason why the dramatic canyons and their peaks exist, but we had not realised just how orangey-red so much of the softer rock was going to be. Such rock against the deep blue sky and puffs of white cloud ensured visual delight wherever we looked. Moreover, cacti and other plant-life beside the trails provided a stunning contrast in colour because of the different shades of green, emerald and celadon included. Some cacti were in flower, those with yellow and crimson petals being the most eye-catching. There were also some bluebonnets.
A lake near the visitor center provides a more conventional counterpoint to the magnificent scenery elsewhere inside the park, but we did not linger long to examine it. After the two trails within the canyon itself, we walked along the canyon rim.