Lubbock, Texas: Prairie Dog Town

A seven-acre field of dirt, surrounded by a low wall, in which hundreds of prairie dogs pop in and out of holes. Open since 1935.
Address:
Skyline Dr., Lubbock, TX
Directions:
I-27 exit 4. Drive north on the frontage road (Amarillo Rd), then turn right onto Municipal Drive, then right again on Canyon Drive into Mackenzie State Park. Take the first left onto Skyline Drive, and Prairie Dog Town will come up on the right.
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Prairie Dog Town.

Prairie Dog Town

Great place to stretch your legs on a long drive. It inside a community park with bathrooms, which is a plus. And the prairie dogs are cute.

[Sheri, 08/15/2014]
Prairie Dog Town

Park at the far side of the parking lot by the golf driving range and walk towards the metal fence on the left. The main area is beyond the metal fence, inside a circular low stone wall...but there are prairie dogs all over -- throughout the driving range, even popping out as people are hitting balls right past them! Super cute, fat little things that chirp. Be still and quiet though -- they are skittish and disappear into their holes quickly when they hear people approaching.

[Megan E, 12/01/2013]
Prairie Dog Town

Hundreds of prairie dogs and a few burrowing owls enjoy being fed in McKenzie State Park. More than a million visitors, from all areas of the United States, come to Lubbock annually and make Prairie Dog Town a must "visit". Some visitors drive hundreds of miles out of their way just to see the "town." Pete the Prairie dog has even become somewhat of a symbol of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.

[Jon Dough, 09/29/2002]

Prairie Dog town.

Prairie Dog Town

In the west, prairie dogs used to be abundant in thousands of "prairie dog towns" that often spanned hundreds of acres and housed huge numbers of prairie dog inhabitants.

Most towns were destroyed as the prairie dogs were considered pests and exterminated. One such town does remain next to Mackenzie Park in Lubbock. The town is basically a large dirt field. It is fenced off with an approx. 2ft. high concrete wall and you can see the burrows of prairie dogs and see them running around. A sign stands in the middle which reads: "Prairie Dog Town, Population ?, Keep Out."

[John Kyle, 05/04/2001]

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