High Plains to Canyons Silverton to Caprock Canyons State Park

Quitaque, Texas

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A 26-mile drive from the High Plains of Texas to the rugged canyons on the edge of the Caprock. This drive traverses the junction between two major landforms in Texas, the High Plains and the Rolling Plains. It starts in Silverton, a small town almost lost in the vast sprawl of the table-flat High Plains of the Texas Panhandle. The town is a small center for the area’s farming and ranching, the mainstay of the Panhandle economy. The Panhandle is noted for its incredibly flat terrain and is sometimes called the Llano Estacado, or Staked Plains. Before being settled this featureless plain was a sea of grass grazed by bison. Without any landmarks it must have been disconcerting to early travelers. The flat surface of the High Plains resulted when sediment eroded from the Rocky Mountains to the west was carried east and deposited in sheets across the plains. Special attractions: Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway, hiking, camping, mountain biking, fishing, scenic views.

High Plains to Canyons: Silverton to Caprock Canyons State Park Professional Review and Guide

"A 26-mile drive from the High Plains of Texas to the rugged canyons on the edge of the Caprock. This drive traverses the junction between two major landforms in Texas, the High Plains and the Rolling Plains. It starts in Silverton, a small town almost lost in the vast sprawl of the table-flat High Plains of the Texas Panhandle. The town is a small center for the area’s farming and ranching, the mainstay of the Panhandle economy.

The Panhandle is noted for its incredibly flat terrain and is sometimes called the Llano Estacado, or Staked Plains. Before being settled this featureless plain was a sea of grass grazed by bison. Without any landmarks it must have been disconcerting to early travelers. The flat surface of the High Plains resulted when sediment eroded from the Rocky Mountains to the west was carried east and deposited in sheets across the plains. Special attractions: Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway, hiking, camping, mountain biking, fishing, scenic views."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Quitaque
Distance: 26
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Caprock Canyons State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to High Plains to Canyons: Silverton to Caprock Canyons State Park

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May 2018