The Great West Texas Outdoors

Written By Visit Lubbock Interns

March 05, 2021

By: Trevor Bowden

West Texas is home to some of the best outdoor attractions in the Lone Star State. From exploring the stunning nature trails at Buffalo Springs Lake, to mountain biking at Mae Simmons Park, there are many ways to explore Lubbock’s backyard in the “Hub City”.

Buffalo Springs Lake
With Lubbock boasting more than 265 days of annual sunshine per year, Buffalo Springs Lake is the place to be for year-round activities. Here, you can roam more than 55 acres of land and encounter hundreds of species of wildlife. Whether you are fishing for largemouth bass, kayaking in the west end, or hiking the stunning nature trails, there is always something for those looking for adventure.

Prairie Dog Town (Mackenzie Park)
Don’t forget to pack your fruits and veggies because Prairie Dog Town is a must-see when visiting Lubbock, Texas. Located inside Mackenzie Park, it is home to thousands of black-tailed prairie dogs. Equipped with a pavilion, viewing area, and plenty of parking, it is a “Hub City” staple that has been bringing joy to both kids and adults since 1935. 

The Historic Dunbar Lake
From fishing to paddle boarding and everything in between, Dunbar Lake offers both experienced and beginner anglers as well as those looking to cool off from the West Texas sun a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the easy lake living. Whether you are dock fishing, fly fishing or in a small boat, we recommend throwing in a line to try your hand at catching the various types of fish including Blue Gill, Carp, Perch and Bass. Here, you can also put your balance to the test at SupLBK, a stand-up paddle boarding attraction located on the eastern part of the lake.

Caprock Canyon
Caprock Canyon State Park attracts over 100,000 visitors a year to hike, camp, horseback ride, and relax at Lake Theo. Those traveling throughout the park can see American bison that free-roam over 15,000 acres of land. The canyon’s vibrant layers of rock take visitors back in time to observe millions of years of erosion. With an impressive 90 miles of trails to choose from, it is the perfect spot for hikers of any skill level. If you are interested in visiting, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department recommends that visitors reserve tickets in advance either online or over the phone.

As you can see, there are plenty of outdoor recreation experiences on the caprock. From day trips to weekend excursions, there is adventure to be had for all types of outdoorsmen and women! To ensure a memorable time, visit The Outdoorsman or Mountain Hideaway for all of your exploration needs. From maps of surrounding wildlife areas to clothing and gear, these shops have all of the necessities and more. 

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