Caprock Canyon State Park - Days 12 and 133:56 PM
Although we were reluctant to leave the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, we headed to Caprock Canyon State Park. The boys were a little happier about it since it was a short drive and since I let them know that there would be more bison and prarie dogs. The drive itself doesn't seem like it is leading to anything spectacular, but then all of a sudden you come across the glowing red cliffs and they are definitely something you need to see once.
Caprock Canyon is home to a free range bison herd that have been protected there since Charles Goodnight and his wife decided to start saving calves that they heard bleeting in the night when the buffalo were being killed off in the west. You can see them come right by your car, in fact, the pictures below were snapped right from the visitor center parking lot.
There is full hook-up camping available for $15 per night and we stayed in one of those. There are also regular toilets and showers, but beware the prarie dogs that are literally right outside the bathroom door. The hiking here is wonderful. We took a 3.5 mile hike through the Upper Canyon trail and the formations and cliffs we saw there were breathtaking, but beware of the sweat bees that build their homes in the ground on this trail.
The boys completed the junior ranger program here, earning them badges and we checked out fishing poles free of charge to do some fishing in Lake Theo. You can also swim there, but the boys weren't too interested. This really is a gorgeous park, the campground is well maintained, but the heat is brutal. It was over 100 both days we were there, so be sure to take plenty of sunscreen, salty snacks and water!