Hiking Juniper Ridge Nature Trail and Bull Canyon Trail at Copper Breaks State Park

Copper Breaks State Park

When I went online to check out the hiking trails at Copper Breaks State Park, it is said that Bull Canyon Trail – Short Loop is ideal for visitors with limited time to explore the park. Since we were spending a night there, I added another trail, Juniper Ridge Nature Trail, to our list. Somehow the description about this trail interests me more and I know my son and his friend would enjoy it, too.


Juniper Ridge Nature Trail @ Copper Breaks State Park

We knew that we’re going to hike the rugged trail with steep, rocky terrain along the way once we got to parking. I also saw that the boys couldn’t wait to start the hike after they spotted boys around their age climbing the rocks. (Our son buddy came along with us).

Here are my husband and the boys climbing the stairs not too far from the starting point.

Copper Breaks State Park - beginning of Juniper Ridge Nature Trail

They saw this rock, off the trail, and of course, they couldn’t resist the temptation to climbing it.

Copper Breaks State Park - climbing rock

We continued and this was the view of the lake from the trail. There were people fishing for catfish, bass, or perch that were easily find there.

Copper Breaks State Park - A view from the top of Juniper Ridge Nature Trail

We went down to a bushy trail then went up again…


until we found another rocky area that we couldn’t pass before we explored it. We spent about 10 minutes here.


Here we saw Permian Sea Tide Ripples that was left by an ancient sea millions of years ago.


Then we joined my husband at the top where there was a gazebo for people to enjoy the panorama.

Relaxing under the gazebo.

From there the hiking trail went down and mostly flat.

Flat trail towards the end.

At the end of the trail, we could stand on the top of the rock overlooking the Copper Breaks Lake.

At the end of the trail.

Distance: .7 mi

Difficulty: challenging

Duration: about an hour


Hiking Bull Canyon Trail – Short Loop @ Copper Breaks State Park


It looked like the trail ahead would be level and easy. Just like the description in the park’s brochure: a family friendly trail.

At the beginning of Bull Canyon Trail.

It’s not too far from the starting point when my son spotted a coyote scat while his friend started to have a headache a.k.a. another hiking? (It was his first hiking trip).

Coyote scat.

We found more coyote scat and the boys decided they have to change the name of the trail to Coyote Trail. They were everywhere. We had to pay attention to where we walked.

More of coyote scats.

Then we arrived at the fork. Which one was our trail? To the left or to the right?

Which way is our trail?

Yes, it was to the left.

Follow the short trail.

We followed a narrow path on the right of the trail and it took us to the rim of a small canyon.

A hidden small canyon.

Besides the mesquite trees, these were a couple of plants we saw along the trail: Yucca Plants and Pencil Cactus.


These were the beautiful yellow birds, and we reached the end of the trail not too far from here.


Distance: .96 mi

Difficulty: easy

Duration: about an hour


At the end, Juniper Ridge Nature Trail is more interesting than Bull Canyon Trail – Short Loop. I would say children will have more fun climbing and exploring the rocks rather than hiking on a flat terrain. It might be a challenging trail, but it’s not that hard. It’s doable. When you plan a quick stop at Copper Breaks State Park, I suggest you hike Juniper Ridge Nature Trail.


Visited: Spring Break 2017, March 13-14.

Accommodation: Camping at Kiowa Camp Area inside Copper Breaks State Park for $10 nightly.

Address: 777 Park Road 62, Quanah, TX 79252-7679. Ph.: (940) 839-4331.

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Note: Copper Breaks State Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Park. Check out the park’s website for stargazing opportunities.


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  1. Cyndie says:

    The views here are stunning. I would love to take my family and hike at this park.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Yeah, we had a memorable hiking trip here. We still want to go back for Milky Way spotting during new moon in the summer though.

  2. Tara says:

    These look like great hikes! I love that the trails aren’t too long so you can stop and enjoy all of the fun scenary. Texas State Parks seem pretty amazing!
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    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      That’s what I like about these trails. Not too long, but full with cool findings along the way. We still have to visit more of Texas State Parks, but so far brushes on both sides of the trails are pretty normal sights.

  3. krista says:

    these photos are awesome and your kids did it, which means I would probably survive! hahah! I love hikes that includes stops and whatnots along the way! I think it makes the journey to the top that much more enjoyable!
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    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      We’re teaching our son to love outdoor. And I know I had to mix short and long trail for him to survive and enjoy. Haha…

  4. THis looks like what I would expect Arizona to look like – I thought that was where that was until the end here. I could do with out the coyote pooh pic! LOL Glad you were able to avoid those landminds. Im sure I would freak out if I saw an actual coyote!
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    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      I would say Arizona is different. Texas has more brushes.

  5. Michelle says:

    What a fun day. I love how the kids climbed the rocks and were just being boys all day. I love how different the terrain is across Texas!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      It’s good to be outdoor. And, like you said, there’s something different along the trail. It’s not only brushes as usual.

  6. These look like nice hikes for your family. I love the Permian Sea Tide Ripples and am interested in knowing more about them.
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    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      They loved it. Jumping and exploring, and I was happy too because they had good times.

  7. Maggie says:

    These are my favorite kind of family (or solo) hikes. It reminds me a little of Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin, which I miss dearly.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Yeah. The kids wouldn’t complain at all. They like climbing rocks.

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