Copper Breaks State Park, Quanah
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We spent the July 4th holiday weekend at Copper Breaks. It was one of the only parks I could get a reservation at that wasn't completely booked. I picked it for a few reasons: 1) it was within a 3+ ho... read more »
There was an unfortunate event at the park and this Park Ranger was just awesome. Professional, kept his cool, smart man. He was dedicated to helping the children here. I sure wish I had gotten his na... read more »
This park was a stopover on the way to Palo Duro Canyon. I'm glad we did. Like most Texas state parks, facilities were a little dated but maintained. There were plenty of bike trails that an average a... read more »
Best stargazing spot in Texas. Loved it. It is so quiet and the sky is SUPER clear in November. There are SO MANY STARS, it's hard to even make out constellations. You hear lots of coyotes at night. Bring your own firewood (even though the rules say NOT to). They sell it at the park, but they run out, plus all you get are twigs that the rangers pick up. We had to make a trek into town and buy it at a grocery store which was very expensive! Hiking was great. Will bring mountain bikes next time.
*GOOGLE MAP NAV ERROR! AVOID FM925 SHORTCUT FROM US 287 !!! * If you're travelling north on Hwy 287, Google Navigation will direct you to turn off Hwy 287 approximately 2 miles north of Vernon, and then proceed west on FM-925. Do not take this route!! Stay on Hwy 287 until you get to Quanah and then proceed south to Copper Breaks State Park via Hwy-6. We followed Google Nav's directions and took FM-925 west. This route eventually turned into an extremely remote single lane dirt road with ditches on either side. A thunderstorm passed through the area right in front of us, turning the dirt road into a slippery, muddy, red gooey mess. This made the driving conditions extremely dangerous for the large RV we were in. We almost had to spend the night out there due to our RV's uncontrollable sliding and complete lack of traction. When we eventually made it to the park, the ranger laughed and said "Did you make the mistake of taking the Google Maps shortcut from US-287?!" We apparently weren't the first people to encounter problems after taking Google's suggested shortcut. Lesson learned. As for Copper Breaks - It's a Cool, Little, Out of the Way State Park. We rented an RV and spent 3 days in the park over the 4th July weekend. The camping areas were clean and there were plenty of RV sites available when we arrived (a rough guesstimate - park was at 50% occupancy, if that). We stayed at the Comanche Campground. The RV hook-ups and dump sites were good with zero problems. The sites were roomy, with each site having its own covered picnic table with an adjacent grill. The bathrooms were also well stocked and clean. I did a several of the park's trails during our stay. I didn't encounter any other people until I got to the shorter trails adjacent to the lake. The lake itself appeared nice, albeit a little low. There were always several people around the lake fishing during the day (I didn't speak to any re fishing conditions). The bugs and mosquitoes were out in force once the sun slipped over the horizon, however, long pants and lots of "Off" prevented any bites. The bug spray was essential, because the night sky in Copper Breaks mandated extended star gazing until the wee hours. The sky was dark and clear. Satellites were visible to the naked eye, zipping across the sky. We watched a large thunderstorm slowly make its way toward us from out on the horizon, with sensational lightening strikes. I missed out on the Milky Way in all it's glory, I just couldn't make it to the pre-dawn darkness...too tired and too much other stuff... However, based on what I did see, the Copper Breaks night sky appeared close in quality to what I've seen in Big Bend - it was that good. All in all a good time. The wife and kids were happy. Outside of the crappy Google Nav experience, the entire trip was well worth the drive.
Very nice wilderness area, and will maintained camp grounds. We saw road runners and rabbits everywhere. The showers could use a little attention, but we're a nice amenity to have.
This was a great park experience. I would recommend it for anyone wanting to get a different experience than the more popular parks. We're accustomed to the more heavily trafficked parks near DFW, and so it was a wonderful change of pace to be at Copper Breaks. This was our first experience in a water only site (no electricity). And I must say, the Kiowa Campground did not disappoint. It is secluded in the first set of breaks that the main park road leads to. Because of this, we were shielded from the full force of the west Texas winds. And at the same time, we didn't lose complete view of sunrise and sunset, though they were obscured by trees and cliffs. The proximity of the boat ramp - docks were my boys' favorite spot to fish - was really nice as I could be at camp, and the boys could be fulfilling their dreams as fisherman or catching the occasional frog. I recommended driving or walking (45 minutes from Kiowa) up to the Big Pond - great fishing and picturesque views of the park. The star gazing at night is also amazing. The peace and tranquility of just leaning back from the campfire and gazing is worth it. Great hiking - only did one trail - Juniper Ridge - but it left enough of an impression for me to rate this part 5 stars. Get out there!
Amazing Dark Sky state park. The welcome center has a nice little museum. The tepee campsites were pretty cool. We watched stars, stayed thru a thunderstorm, hiked, read books, suffered in hot climate and watched star presentations. The equestrian trail was a little scary for me half way thru, and we turned back around. We were walking/biking. The landscape was red dirt sometimes mixed in with slate rock that looks like concrete color. I kept thinking that the state park people paved some parts of the trails with cement until I noticed that the landscape around is also exactly like that. A very memorable experience. Will try this park again sometime this year.
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