One of my favorite things about having VANilla (our travel van) is that it’s so easy to pack up and go somewhere for the weekend. We have almost everything we need prepacked in the van. It’s simply a matter of grabbing some ramen and trail mix and hitting the road. It’s no fuss! This past weekend we took a last-minute trip up to North Texas to visit Copper Breaks State Park.
One of the stand-out features of this park is the stars. If you dream of star-gazing, this is the place for you. Copper Breaks State Park is an International Dark Sky Park, and Texas Parks & Wildlife offers regular star parties here. This article is part of a series we’re working on called Hike Texas Parks. As always, we hope you find our content useful and inspiring for your next adventure!
Copper Breaks Trails:
All our posts focus on trails. In this article, we’ll recommend three favorites at Copper Breaks State Park.
Rocky Ledges Loop
The most challenging trail in the park. This 1.6-mile loop is hands-down the most scenic in the park. You will get a stunning view of the Pease River. A great place to watch the sunset, follow the trail to the edge of a juniper break and look out across the landscape at the distant serpentine river. Enjoy the beautiful colors on the rock ledges!
Bull Canyon Trail
This lovely trail is easy and especially scenic along the Long Loop south of Chris’ Link. It’s about 2.4 miles and has only a few minor elevation challenges. You will enjoy grasslands dotted with mesquite and small canyons filled with juniper. This hiking path is the Texas hill country meets the Texas plains. It’s tranquil and subtle in its beauty, doing a nice job of showing the ecological variety found on the mesa.
Offering no challenge except for maybe its length, the equestrian trail is easy going and flat. You’ll enjoy the open landscapes and occasional pond views. We saw waterfowl, including Canvasback, Coots, Ring-necked ducks, and American Wigeon.
Copper Breaks State Park is a wonderful weekend trip. We had a fantastic time exploring the park in a day and a half. You’ll hear the sound of coyotes throughout the mini-canyons and see the milky way across the sky.
For details on Copper Breaks State Park’s trails, click here.
- Bring plenty of water.
- Be alert for snakes.
- Step aside for equestrians. Speak in a calm voice, greeting the horses and their riders.
- Sunscreen and desert hat.
- Proper footwear.
- Practice LNT principles.
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We’re Melony and Travis LaCoss. Better known on the trail as Stretch and RamboJuice, hiker trash bloggers, photographers, and all-around dirtbags.
A few years ago, we took a giant leap away from our conventional lifestyle to backpack in the United States. After spending 5 months on the Pacific Crest Trail, we started our blog Hikerlore to share stories and provide useful information to backpackers, hikers, and outdoor travelers.
We plan to hike as much as we possibly can. During that time, we’ll write articles about our experiences and share photographs. Some of our posts will be narrative in nature, others will review backpacking gear and offer advice to hikers. Recently, we bought an old service van and converted it into a sweet travel van.
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