Palo Duro Canyon State Park

We’ve made it to the Panhandle of Texas and our last Texas State Park. For now.

Overview

Palo Duro Canyon State Park is located 30 miles southwest of Amarillo. The canyon is 120 miles long and 20 miles wide. It is said that Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the country, after the Grand Canyon. The park has:

  • 79 Campsites with electric/water, cabins, equestrian and primitive tent sites
  • Hiking, biking, and horse-back riding trails
  • Texas, a summertime outdoor musical drama
  • Intermittent AT&T coverage and No Verizon signal

What We Like

The overlook view at the Visitor’s Center was stunning. It allowed us to see how grand this canyon really is. The drive down into the canyon was lovely, and not at all as “terrifying” as some of the reviews I read described.

 

Our truck looks right at home here

Our truck looks right at home here

The canyon goes on and on

The canyon goes on and on

About the only wildlife we saw

About the only wildlife we saw

Playing tourist, taking photos of beautiful scenery

Playing tourist, taking photos of beautiful scenery

The sun really lit up the canyon walls

The sun really lit up the canyon walls

This hole looks very inviting

This hole looks very inviting

Evidence of the previous night's rain

Evidence of the previous night's rain

Our family

Our family "groupie" at the top of the canyon

What We Didn’t Like

It rained the evening before our visit to the park. The trails were left a mess. We had hoped to walk out to the park’s photographic hoodoo, the Lighthouse. We hate to let a little mud stop us. But, this was a lot of red mud and we knew our shoes would be trashed. We opted to play tourist and just drive through the park.

The campsites looked very nice, and we considered returning to camp here. However, the weather forecasted several inches of rain over the next few days. We didn’t want to be in a canyon where the water could strand us.

Overall

Palo Duro is beautiful with its red rock walls. We would like to return here to camp and explore the canyon on foot.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park Links

Other Texas State Parks

Have You Been?

Have you visited Palo Duro State Park? Were you able to hike the trails?

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