A Guide to Hiking in West Texas

May 21, 2019
Katherine White

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A Guide to Hiking in West Texas

Explore the trails this summer and plan your next adventure with our official hiking guide. Adventure seekers will learn where to hike, what to pack and how to prepare for their trek outdoors!

Where to Hike

About an hour and a half northeast of Lubbock, you’ll find Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway, a thrill seeker’s dream with 90 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Whether you are an expert hiker or new to the trails, Caprock Canyons offers easy routes such as the Mesa Trail, or more experienced paths like the Haynes Ridge Overlook Trail. The canyon also offers fishing at Lake Theo, a 120-surface-acre lake, which is perfect for an afternoon picnic.

If you plan to camp overnight, Caprock Canyons offers a range of options from sites with electricity hookup to plenty of open space to pitch your tent. Along with hiking, biking and fishing, visitors will see the home of the Texas State Bison Herd, which is the original bison herd of Charles Goodnight. In addition, Caprock Canyons is home to Mexican Free-tailed Bats at the Bats of Clarity Tunnel.

For another nearby hiking option, check out Palo Duro Canyon State Park, which is the second largest canyon in the country. This canyon offers hiking, horseback riding and more. And be sure to not miss the summer musical, Texas!

 

Getting Equipped

When embarking on an outdoor adventure, there are several essential items to make your quest a successful one. At Mountain Hideaway, you’ll find tents, sleeping bags, boots and backpacks for your trip along with water bottles and portable cooking systems. They also offer helmets, lights and gloves at this local shop.

Photo Courtesy of Fly Wild Outfitters Facebook

 

Dress for the Hike

As they say, it’s important to dress the part especially when hiking on the trails. Leave behind the sandals and Sperry’s and pack good quality socks and supportive boots. You’ll find hats, shirts and more at Fly Wild Outfitters to add a few items to your trip. They also have insulated cups and coolers to keep you full and hydrated.

 

Fuel for theĀ Adventure

Speaking of full, just as important as gear and clothes, make sure to gather healthy, sustainable food to fuel your adventure. Stop by Healthy Essentials for granola, supplements and a meal for the road to get you ready for the hike.

 

Treats for your Furry Friend

Don’t forget about your furry friend! If you are bringing your dog with you on this adventure, visit Three Dog Bakery for a collapsible water bowl, energizing treats, toys, shoes and leashes.

 

Now, it’s time to set off for your trip! Make sure to share your adventure with us using #livelovelubbock.