Your Guide to Hiking in West Texas

Written By Katherine White

November 08, 2022


Explore the trails this season and plan your next adventure with West Texas’ official hiking guide! Below, adventure seekers will learn where to hike, what to pack and how to prepare for the great outdoors!

Where to Hike

About an hour and a half northeast of Lubbock, you’ll find Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway, an outdoor enthusiast’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 also perfect for an afternoon picnic.

If you plan to camp overnight, Caprock Canyons offers a range of options from sites with electricity hookups to locations with 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!

Getting Equipped

When embarking on an outdoor adventure, there are several essential items to make your quest successful. 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 for the more technical routes.

For hiking attire from pants and shirts to hats and boots, visitors will be pleased to find a wide selection of brands including Patagonia, Sorrell, Chaco, Teva and The North Face. Whatever your outdoor needs, Mountain Hideaway is sure to have you covered.

Photo Courtesy of Bondi Bowls Facebook

Fuel for the Adventure

As you set off on your adventure, it is essential to gather healthy, sustainable food to fuel your hike. Lubbock offers a variety of healthy options when it comes to locally produced granola, natural supplements and hearty meals for the road to get you ready for the route ahead. Stop by Bondi Bowls for local acai bowls sure to fill you up!

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.


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