Copper Breaks State Park

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777 State Hwy Park Rd 62, Quanah, TX 79252, United States

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Introduction of Copper Breaks State Park

Copper Breaks State Park in Quanah, Texas is the ideal  with two tiny lakes and ten miles of trails. The park is calm and peaceful, with 1,898 acres to explore and enjoy. Copper Breaks State Park was once part of the land held by the Comanche and Kiowa Native Americans. Although there are no Comanche Mounds within the park, there are Comanche Mound sites in Hardeman County. The park’s land was purchased from a private landowner in 1970, and it opened to the public in 1974.

This park is one of two Texas state parks recognised as International Dark Sky Parks, a designation given to regions that promote sky conservation and environmentally responsible outdoor lighting around the world. Along with astronomy, the park offers a variety of recreational activities such as boating, fishing, mountain biking, swimming, wildlife viewing, camping, and kite flying.Choose one of the 24 powered camping sites, which offer 30- and 50-amp electricity hookups, fire rings with grills, lantern posts, and a waist-high grill. There are 11 spots available if you prefer a space with water rather than electricity. Equestrian camping is also accessible, as are group camping places and basic camping locations. Copper Breaks State Park is at its busiest in the spring and summer.

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Copper Breaks State Park Camping

Comanche Camping Copper Breaks State Park

The Comanche Camping Area has 25 large sites with 50-amp power hookups. There is one full-service site with a 50-amp connection, as well as water and sewer hookups. The camping space is spread out in an open field, so you won’t feel crowded. All campsites include a picnic table, a lantern hook, a campfire ring, and a standup BBQ grill. The tables are shaded by big woody teepee-like constructions, which contribute to a one-of-a-kind picnic experience. Parking pads range in length from 39 to 53 feet. A playground, showers, toilets, and a dump station are also available at the campground. Pets are accepted, but must be kept on a leash and under constant supervision.Although mobile reception may be limited, you should be able to pick up one or two bars of signal around the camping area. It is critical to reserve your site in advance because they fill up quickly.

Big Pond Equestrian Camp Copper Breaks State Park

There are 13 equestrian campgrounds for horseback riders. Each campsite contains water, a lantern hook, a picnic table, a campfire ring, and a BBQ grill. The parking pads range in length from 28 to 55 feet, so be sure you reserve a space large enough for your RV or trailer. To secure your horses, use a string line and do not tether them to shrubs or trees. There are additional restrooms near the site, and you can use the showers from the other two campgrounds if necessary.These woodland sites are near the Big Pond, where you may swim or fish, and the 3.8-mile Equestrian Trail, where you can trek with your four-legged buddy whenever you like. If you prefer to walk, the 1.3-mile Chris’ Link Trail is also accessible from here. Pets are permitted as long as they are properly restrained and supervised at all times throughout your stay.

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Kiowa Campground Copper Breaks State Park

The Kiowa Campground includes 11 big water-supplied campsites, each with a lamp post, a campfire ring, a picnic table, and a BBQ grill for cooking. The parking spots here range in length from 26 to 33 feet, so your camper should fit, but reserve a spot just in case. There is also a shower building, running water facilities, and a camp store where you may buy supplies, food, and bait. Pets are permitted, however they must be supervised and controlled at all times.These campgrounds are close to Lake Copper Breaks, where you may swim and fish. A group picnic shelter with six picnic tables, grills, a restroom, and a water spigot is also nearby. The State Longhorn Herd’s Longhorns are nearby, and three trails are accessible from the campground. You can hike to the Pease River about a mile distant from the lake if you use the Long Bull Canyon Trail.

Copper Breaks State Park Activities

Texas Longhorn Herd

Some of the official Texas Longhorn herd can also be found at Copper Breaks State Park. The animals, first known as Texas cattle and later as Texas Longhorns, were common in the 1800s, when Texas gained independence from Mexico. These early longhorns, nearly entirely wild, roamed Texas until the end of the Civil War, when their popularity began to diminish. If you’re lucky, you might be able to see this historic breed of cattle during your visit.

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The park’s headquarters also serves as a museum, which you should visit during your visit. While the museum is not large, it contains some wonderful information about the history of the state park, and the exhibitions showcase some of the local items. Visiting the museum is also a good idea if you want to learn more about certain events taking place at the park during your visit. During your stay, you may also pick up some refreshments, bait, and other requirements at the museum.


Hiking in Copper Breaks State Park is unlike hiking in other state parks in the country because it is located in a semi-arid zone. The park is dominated by bunch grasses, shallow breaks of juniper, cottonwood, mesquite, wildflowers, and scattered native pecan, hackberry, and soapberry. Because of the semi-arid environment and dispersed plant life, the landscape is open, and many of the routes travel past scant trees and wide fields. Some of the more popular paths are the 1.1-mile Short Bull Canyon Trail, the 2.4-mile Long Bull Canyon Loop, and the 1.6-mile Rocky Ledges Loop.


The majority of hunting occurs from the middle of November until the beginning of February, and the park is closed to non-hunters during these times. Elk, javelina, moose, deer, and pronghorn are among the big game animals. Rabbits, hares, squirrels, turkeys, and rails are among the smaller game species. For those who want to hunt birds, there is a plethora of waterfowl such as ducks, geese, and other aquatic species. Whatever you plan to hunt, be sure you follow the rules and regulations, have your hunting licence and tags with you, and wear hunter orange.

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Were you planning on going swimming this summer in Texas? Pack your floaties since swimming is great at Copper Breaks Lake, which has a nice swimming area on the lake’s eastern shore near the Cottonwood Group Campground. Swimming is one of the most popular pastimes in the park, and the lake water is pure. If you plan to swim at Copper Breaks Lake, keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty, so use caution and stay safe in the water.


Copper Breaks Lake is also a nice place to go for a summer paddle. The lake is normally calm, and there are no actual barriers, so even if you are a beginner, you should have no trouble. On the northern end of the lake, there is one launch ramp. During the summer, if you don’t have your own kayak or forgot to pack it, you can rent one from the park.


Copper Breaks State Park has two bodies of water where you can fish, so make sure to carry your fishing gear before heading out. Copper Breaks Lake and Big Pond both have an abundance of aquatic species. The most popular fishing area is the 60-acre Copper Breaks Lake, which has a fishing pier that is open all year. Copper Breaks State Park’s streams are stocked with a variety of fish species, including catfish, small and largemouth bass, muskellunge, and rainbow trout.

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Because Copper Breaks State Park is so remote from nearby towns, the darkness is complete, making it ideal for gazing at the stars and other celestial bodies. The city lights are far enough away from the park to not interfere with the black canvas of Texas sky, and if you bring your telescope, you may see even more cosmic wonders. The park organises the Star Walk once a month during the busiest season, which runs from April through October. This is a short hike with a guide who uses a laser pointer to show you the stars as if you were playing a gigantic game of connect the dots.

Copper Breaks State Park Location

Copper Breaks State Park is located in northern Texas, about 26 miles from the Oklahoma border. The park is located between three smaller towns: Crowell to the south, Quanah to the north, and Vernon to the east. Oklahoma City and Amarillo are around three hours away, Wichita Falls is approximately two and a half hours, and Abilene is approximately two hours. Driving to the park is simple because the terrain is fairly flat. There are no significant obstacles, such as narrow roads or mountain driving. During the winter, there may be some snow, but usually not enough to cause driving problems.


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