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We like to stop and stay at this campground when traveling to/from colorado. It has a really pretty lake good for fishing and walking. We've been lucky it's never been crowded but word has it that this is a party spot on holiday weekends. It's also very expensive for what we're used to, at $30 night plus $11 per adult per day… Totaling $55 for 2 people for a night!
This damned lake (Army Corps of Engineers) recreation area offers some very inexpensive camping and OHV trail access. When the water is full during the summer, the lake is good for motoring, fishing, and other water sports. We visited during the draw down which offered a lot more beach area, but less water.
Many of the campsites offer full-hook ups with all the usual amenities, picnic table, grill, sun shade and fire ring. A few of the campsites lie along the rim of the canyon and are way more beautiful, offering more privacy and sweeping vistas, but do not offer water or electricity. Bring your own solar panel and water and you are all set!
Bathrooms were scarce, none close to the campground, unless we missed them, but there were some toilets by the office/campstore. So, come prepared with your own facilities, too if you don't have one in your RV.
Closest town for groceries and supplies is Plainview, about 45 miles away.
Created by the Red River, Caprock Canyon State Park, lies about 125 miles to the southeast of Palo Duro Canyon. While many similarities exist between the two state parks, the differences are striking. For starters, this park features the remaining heard of Southern Plains Bison (related to the Bison heard managed in Yellowstone N.P.) who wander the park roads and graze upon the local vegetation. So, keep your speed down and pay attention around every corner, especially at night!
We stayed in the Equestrian Camp (water only, no toilets, no electricity so come prepared with your solar panel). Spacious sites, corrals for horses at each site, and one very squeaky windmill that will keep you awake at night if it's windy, which it always is. Try to get a spot that is NOT right next to it! The campground has a gate to keep wildlife out and horses in. You'll have to open and close it each time you leave/return.
Hiking might just be the best way to see this park, but miles and miles of horse trails offer an unique experience from the saddle. Many trails crisscross the dry washes so pay attention to your trail markers so you don’t get turned around. Opportunities to hike up to the highest point in the park are strenuous but well worth the effort. So too is the hike back to the year-round springs that keep the wildlife running.
The nearby town of Quitaque also has an ice/water kiosk and a convenience store which is less than 5 miles away. The closest town with a real grocery store and restaurants is Plainview, about 55 miles away.
Stopped here just for the night. They provide a means to check in and camp during afterhours using cash or credit card. When we arrived it was dark but the property looked well-maintained and every resident was respecting the quiet-time hours. Our pad was nice and level and all the hookups worked great! We rolled out before the office opened so we can't say much about the people themselves, but the experience was what you would hope and expect.
Mackenzie has been fairly low key lake to fish and camp.
Usually a pretty quite place, without crowds. Altho this year, alot more people have been camping, and things have been alot busier than normal.
There is a general store for last min items, and live bait with decent outdoor bathrooms.
There are also some pretty popular dirt trails for moto cross and 4 wheelers and the like.
A nice park with lots of camp sites. RV hook ups, and lots of dispersed camps around the pack. Some are hike or horse in sites.
Nestled in a beautiful canyon with tons of trials for hiking or horseback.
Park also has a small lake, Lake Theo, which holds some really nice fish.
And dont forget about the buffalo herd that wanders the park. You can often see them come down to the lake for a drink, or wondering through the camp sites!
Do not tent camp here. They will mislead you and then give you a huge fine!!! When we booked the campsite as a fun activity for our pandemic fatigued 6-year old granddaughter, they told me our car would be close to our campsite. We get there at 4 on a Friday afternoon in November and we were the only people in sight! When we booked, they told us to go into the park and find our tent site by ourselves because park personnel were avoiding interacting due to Covid. We got to our sight and found the gate locked to the whole area. It was clear people had driven around the gate several times. Thinking they had forgotten their sole campers for the night and had not come and unlocked the gate, we drove around it. We were very concerned about having to put up the tent in the dark, which was descending upon us. We went down a road to our campsite. While we were unloading, a state police officer came and gave us a$200 fine for going around the gate. It was devastating and disappointing. We wanted our granddaughter to have some fun during all the pandemic restrictions. We were treated horribly.
We stayed in the South Prong Tent Area, not to be confused with the South Prong Primitive area (which you have to hike into).
We stayed on site SU037. There is no tree cover, which is ok if you want that morning sun warmth, but know that if it gets super windy (which apparently happens a lot here), your tent will need to be stable. Gusts up to 53 mph were reported when we stayed.
The view is outstanding at this site. You are not able to drive into the site; there are parking strips blocking the way. So you have to walk your gear in about 60 feet. To me, this is suitable for a ground tent but not a roof top tent or camping trailer.
There is easy access to great hiking trails, which this area is known for. If you want to see some great views, be sure and pack a lot of water and snacks and start early.
There are also free roaming bison everywhere. We even had one come into the camp ground while we were making pancakes, but he just observed from a distance and moved on.
In site SU037, there isn’t a huge distance from each site, so if it was fully booked, expect to hear your neighbors.
There was plenty of small trails and area for the kids to explore, but be mindful of the small cliff about 70 ft from the back of the campsite.
TP was not stocked in the vault bathrooms, so bring your own.
Overall we would stay here again. The view was amazing, great hiking, clean air, geological interest, quiet.
Checkin is too time consuming. A line of RV’s to check in and one attendant to complete the checkin. Beautiful lake and open spaces. Sites were disappointing. Our site had two spots on it but a single water spout. We borrowed a Y connection for another site to get by. There are no camp hosts available after 5pm M-F so I had no one to call to assist with the water situation of call at midnight when the neighbors were continuing to play crazy loud music during quiet hours. We were just passing through so it was fine but we won’t be back regardless.