By: Maggi Gallaspy
Walk through the grapevines as you sip world-class wine under the West Texas sun. Listen to the sounds of nature while walking past wildlife before making your way to The Lighthouse trail. Sit on the pier and watch your line splash into the warm water as you wait for crappie to bite. See bats soar through the sky as you finish your ranger-guided cave tour.
If you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind experience, there are many options surrounding Lubbock and the South Plains. Search no further for a home base as you explore the best of what West Texas and Southeast New Mexico have to offer.
After settling into one of Hub City’s accommodations, it’s time to hit the road…
Check out a list of our favorite day trips from the 806!
Less than an hour’s drive from the city center, Reddy Vineyard is settled across 300+ acres in the High Plains. When a fifth-generation, South Indian peanut and cotton farmer immigrated to the U.S. in 1971, he had no idea he’d one day be running one of the most diverse vineyards in Texas.
Thanks to the premium quality of grapes in the region, Reddy Vineyards is now producing 38 varietals. From growing the crop to bottling on-site, the small team takes a hands-on approach when it comes to harvesting, crushing, fermenting and aging!
If you want to see all this winery has to offer, make a reservation for a tasting. From the Hardpress Italian Red Blend, with rich, dark fruit notes and a smooth finish to the family’s award-winning Signature Dry Rosé, sit back and sip awhile, surrounded by the vast scenery of the vineyard.
Every now and then, it’s nice to retreat from the city. When nature calls, there is no better place to be than a hiking trail in West Texas.
Deemed one of the seven most beautiful hiking experiences in Texas by Lonely Planet, The Lighthouse Trail is located within Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The second largest canyon in Texas, this nature lover’s dream is less than a two-hour drive from Lubbock. Expect to see desert favorites from cacti and wildflowers to the endangered Texas Horned Toad, as a trip through the canyon is filled with adventure. Upon arriving at the park, stop by the entrance and spend time observing Texas Longhorns as they graze their pasture.
A 5.8-mile roundtrip, this moderate trail is a popular hike for all ages. Make sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated as you fall in love with the peace of Palo Duro.
A 40-minute drive from Palo Duro Canyon is another red-dirt gem. Where the bison roam, explore 90 miles of trails perfect for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Caprock Canyons State Park is home to several well-loved trails including Upper North Prong, Upper South Prong, Haynes Ridge Overlook, Canyon Rim, Eagle Point and more. So, take your pick and lace up your shoes! It’s time to get some dirt on those hiking boots.
Forty-five miles south of Lubbock sits the Alan Henry Reservoir. Where the Brazos River feeds, spend a relaxing day on the water. Whether you decide to bring a boat or rent one, adventurers can enjoy wakeboarding, water skiing, kneeboarding, tubing, wake surfing and more! With a few rental options nearby, visitors can take their pick.
Fishermen should note that Lake Alan Henry is home to a few predominant species including largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel and flathead catfish and white crappie.
And if you’re worried you don’t have the right supplies for an outdoor escape, you can grab all of your day trip essentials before leaving Hub City. Mountain Hideaway has been outfitting travelers since 1992 and has everything you need in terms of gear from camping equipment to fishing accessories. Experts in all things adventure, rest assured you’re in good hands!
Nothing says a day at the lake like a boat picnic, and lucky for you, Lubbock is home to some incredible grab-and-go options! Stop by Stella’s for a few sandwiches from their well-loved deli selections before hitting the road. Keep it classic with the Chicken Salad Sandwich or try the signature Brie LT, a toasted croissant filled with candied jalapeno bacon, melted Brie cheese, fresh spinach and sundried tomato aioli. All sandwiches come with housemade seasoned chips that make a perfect side or snack for your adventure!
This national park in New Mexico is known for its beauty and wonder; above and below. As you drive or hike through the Chihuahuan Desert you’ll find ancient sea ledges, deep rocky canyons, flowering cacti, and desert wildlife. But when you journey beneath the surface, you’ll be in awe of the more than 119 caves formed from sulfuric acid dissolving into limestone.
With caverns and caves of all sizes, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a little over three hours from Lubbock. Because reservations are not available at the park, visitors must secure a timed entry reservation online.
While planning your trip, be sure to research the many activity and tour options available at the park. From the Night Sky Program where a park ranger will give a talk and use a laser pointer to highlight astronomical features to the Dawns of Bats program where visitors watch as thousands of bats return to Carlsbad Cavern at dawn, exploring the caverns isn’t the only notable attraction.
From the vineyard to desert trails, the lake to the caverns and the many miles in between, Lubbock’s surrounding areas boast breathtaking scenery and awaiting adventure. No matter where the journey takes you, be sure to share your memories using #LiveLoveLubbock.
By: Maggi Gallaspy
By: Maggi Gallaspy
By: Maggi Gallaspy
By: Visit Lubbock Interns