Capote Creek

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: December 1, 1994

Capote Creek rises two miles south of Capote Peak in western Presidio County (at 30°18' N, 104°35' W) and runs south and southwest for ten miles, passing over Capote Falls (at 30°13' N, 104°34' W) to meet its tributary, Walker Creek. Capote Falls, the highest falls in Texas, drops 175 feet; it is on private property. Capote Creek continues eight miles to its mouth on the Rio Grande, three miles from Candelaria (at 30°10' N, 104°41' W). The local terrain is composed primarily of rhyolite and tuff, except where Cretaceous sediments are exposed along the edge of the Sierra Vieja range. The area is surfaced by sand and clay loams, with patches of bare, rough, stony ground. Local vegetation is primarily sparse desert shrubs. The creek was named for Capote Peak, near its origin. Antonio de Espejo's entrada passed by Capote Creek on its way to the Rio Grande in August 1583. A dam was built across Capote Creek in the winter of 1937 to hold water for irrigation when the Rio Grande was low in the Candelaria area.

Virginia Madison and Hallie Stillwell, How Come It's Called That? Place Names in the Big Bend Country (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1958). Cecilia Thompson, History of Marfa and Presidio County, 1535–1946 (2 vols., Austin: Nortex, 1985).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “Capote Creek,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 24, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994