Quitaque Canyon / Los Lingos Rails to Trails

South Plains, Texas

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This rail trail is a fairly easy way to cover a lot of ground and see miles of stunning caprock scenery. Unlike the trails in Caprock Canyons State Park, the lack of any technical challenges out here means you can devote most of your attention to your surroundings. And you will be constantly amazed. This is the ranching country of legend, and you can practically see the cowboys leading the herd through the canyon bottoms, kicking up giant clouds of red dust along the way. The mountains of West Texas are the grandest monuments, and the Hill Country in the center of the state is home to the state’s most picturesque and pastoral settings. But the caprock area, here in the Panhandle, offers the most striking scenery in the Lone Star State. The floor of the high plains opens up to expose red rock as vivid as the best of sunsets and canyon walls as steep and striated—if not as big—as that grander canyon out in Arizona. This is canyon country, Wile E. Coyote land. You’ve just got to see it. Tread: Smooth, crushed limestone on a converted railroad bed.

Quitaque Canyon / Los Lingos Rails to Trails Professional Review and Guide

"This rail trail is a fairly easy way to cover a lot of ground and see miles of stunning caprock scenery. Unlike the trails in Caprock Canyons State Park, the lack of any technical challenges out here means you can devote most of your attention to your surroundings. And you will be constantly amazed. This is the ranching country of legend, and you can practically see the cowboys leading the herd through the canyon bottoms, kicking up giant clouds of red dust along the way.

The mountains of West Texas are the grandest monuments, and the Hill Country in the center of the state is home to the state’s most picturesque and pastoral settings. But the caprock area, here in the Panhandle, offers the most striking scenery in the Lone Star State. The floor of the high plains opens up to expose red rock as vivid as the best of sunsets and canyon walls as steep and striated—if not as big—as that grander canyon out in Arizona. This is canyon country, Wile E. Coyote land. You’ve just got to see it. Tread: Smooth, crushed limestone on a converted railroad bed."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: South Plains
Distance: 25
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Maps: USGS Lake Theo, Turkey
Driving Directions: Directions to Quitaque Canyon / Los Lingos Rails to Trails

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May 2018