Camp Out Under the West Texas Stars

Written By Visit Lubbock Interns

September 30, 2021

By: Trevor Bowden

As refreshing fall days roll into West Texas, now is the perfect time to get in your camping fix. Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway, or an overnight trip, there are plenty of choices to explore the outdoors near Lubbock, Texas.

Palo Duro State Park

Attracting visitors since 1934, this breathtaking state park has over 30 miles of trails to explore and plenty of campsites to choose from. Whether you are camping out in a tent, or bringing along the RV, visitors are sure to find the ideal camping spot to stay. For adventurous campers looking for an off-the-trail experience, be sure to book a hike-in primitive site. Palo Duro is known for its famous Lighthouse Trail that spans three miles to a picture-perfect view over the west side of the park.

Pro tip: Keep an eye out for white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, and even the rare Texas horned lizard.

Caprock Canyons State Park

Caprock Canyons State Park boasts over 90 miles of unique trails to explore. Set up a tent and roam alongside the American bison that have lived there since 1997. Certain campsites offer a variety of amenities including restrooms, water, shade and a fire pit. Similar to Palo Duro, there are multiple hike-in primitive sites to immerse yourself in the stunning nature of the park. Campers are sure to find a spot that est fits their adventure. 

Pro tip: Be sure to hike over to Fern Cave via the Upper Canyon Trail for stunning views.

Buffalo Springs Lake

If you are looking for time out on the water, look no further than Buffalo Springs Lake. Located just 20 minutes from Lubbock, it provides a convenient way for visitors to plan an overnight stay. Enjoy the lakeside view as you camp, fish and catch some sun. Be sure to check out the kayaks, jet skis and boats available for rent to take your camping trip to the next level.

The Outdoor Pursuits Center

Need gear? The Outdoor Pursuits Center has you covered. Students and Rec members can enjoy affordable prices on daily or weekend rentals. From sleeping bags ($4/day) to tents ($5/day), you can find everything you need for a weekend getaway by the lake or in the canyons. For more info, visit

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