Caprock Partners Foundation was organized in November of 1996 to be
an educational and charitable support group for Caprock Canyons State Park and Caprock Canyons Trailway. The newly elected
officers of the Foundation were O. R. Stark, President, Wilburn Leeper, Vice President, Venita Hrncir, Secretary and Jimmy
Ground breaking for the new Visitors
Center at Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway
new Caprock Partner Foundation wasted no time in adopting its first project. It had been announced that the historic JA bison
herd was going to leave the JA Ranch and would soon be placed on one of four state parks in Texas that were under consideration.
With Caprock Canyons State Park being one of the four parks, the newly formed group resolved to work tirelessly to make Caprock
Canyons the new home of the JA bison herd. Eight months later in July of 1997 the announcement was made that Caprock Canyons
would be the JA bison herd’s new home. Partners aided in securing donated materials and labor for the construction of
corrals, holding pens and fences.
The announcement was made in December of 1999 by TP&WL that a Bison Visitors
Center would be constructed at Caprock Canyons State Park. After many delays, on October 19 & 20, 2007, the park celebrated
it 25th anniversary and the Grand Opening of its new $1 million Visitor Center. Partners hosted a reception and
live auction on Friday night of the grand opening.
Partners have owned the park store since April of 2000. Since that time
Partner funds have been used to purchase equipment for park personnel including cameras, power point projector, laptop computer,
bat detector, protective gear and camera for park law enforcement personnel. Partners also funded the full body mount of a
bison bull on display in the Visitors Center. Partner funds were also used for the “Cloud of Bison” relief located
at the front of the Visitors Center.
Partners have contributed $2,500 for the purchase of 2,000
rainbow trout to stock Lake Theo during the winter months, and provided prizes for tagged trout. Partner have funded educational
programs at the park such geocaching, flintnapping, birds of prey and dutch oven cooking.