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Lubbock Area Attractions and Outdoor Recreation

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Whether your interests include sampling some of the award-winning wines produced in the greater Lubbock area or experiencing the great outdoors at the many different lakes, canyons and mountains, Lubbock and nearby New Mexico have it all. Some of the many area attractions and outdoor activities are listed below:


Llano Estacado Winery

Known as Texas' most award-winning winery. Most of the world-class grapes used by the winery are grown within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock.

Cap*Rock Winery

The beautiful architecture makes Cap*Rock a favorite place for special events and gatherings.

La Diosa Cellars

The eclectic atmosphere has a wonderful flow with the cultural decorations and bistro menu.

McPherson Cellars Winery

Experience the welcoming beauty of the winery's tasting room, outdoor courtyard and spacious event center.

Pheasant Ridge Winery

A family-owned, self-contained winery and vineyard that has a long and dedicated tradition of producing fine, state-grown wines.

Outdoor Sports & Recreation

Buffalo Springs Lake

The entire family can enjoy fishing, water-skiing, hiking, picnic and camping areas, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, a marina and a beach area.

Buffalo Springs Lake

Lake Alan Henry

Built by the City of Lubbock, Lake Alan Henry provides an outstanding recreational area for people to enjoy fishing, skiing, hunting and other outdoor activities.

Lake Alan Henry

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

A mere 90 minute drive north of Lubbock will take you to this majestic and awe-inspiring canyon which is 120 miles long, 20 miles wide, and a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States and is note for its outstanding hiking, birding, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Palo Duro Canyon Palo Duro Canyon

Caprock Canyon State Park

Located to the northeast of Lubbock, this canyon area is the official home of the Texas buffalo. In September 2011, 80 descendants of the great southern plains bison herd were released to roam 700 acres of grasslands in the park. The park offers a number of outdoor activities including hiking, wildlife watching, horseback riding, mountain-biking, boating, fishing and swimming.

Caprock Canyon Caprock Canyon

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Lubbock’s “home away from home” high in the Rocky Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. Towering above the Village of Ruidoso is Sierra Blanca at 12,000 feet above sea level and the New Mexico ski resort, Ski Apache. Only a 3.5 hr drive west of Lubbock, Ruidoso offers a wealth of outdoor and recreational activities any time of the year.

Ruidoso Ruidoso