by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
Caprock Canyons is one of the state’s most underrated parks. This 13,906-acre park is a smorgasbord of grand scenery, wildlife, geology, and history. The exposed red sandstones and siltstones are some of the most colorful found anywhere. The park also includes a portion of the Caprock Canyons State Park Trail, a 65-mile hiking, biking, and horseback trail that runs from South Plains northeast to Estelline.
Key birds: Golden Eagle, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Goldenfronted Woodpecker, Western Scrub-Jay, Verdin, Rock and Canyon Wrens, Curve-billed Thrasher, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, and Lark Bunting are present year-round. Least Bittern, Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Hawk, Common Poorwill, White-throated Swift, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, and Cassin’s Sparrow occur in summer. Hooded and Common Mergansers; Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks; Prairie Falcon; Chihuahuan Raven; Western and Mountain Bluebirds; Townsend’s Solitaire; Northern Shrike; American Tree, Brewer’s, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows; and McCown’s and Chestnut-collared Longspurs can usually be found in winter.
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