Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Canyon

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Explore the dramatic landscapes of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second largest canyon in the United States. Go for a drive in the 97 km (60 mi) long and 250 m (820 ft) deep Grand Canyon of Texas. Admire the "fairy chimneys"--thin sandstone structures, up to 95 m (310 ft) tall. Hike, bike, or ride on your faithful horse across the 48 km (30 mi) trails. Backpacker-style camping is possible, and areas equipped with water and electricity are available. Guided tours on horses can be booked in advance. If you decide to bring your own horse, be sure to take a water bucket with you. Add Palo Duro Canyon State Park to your Canyon travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Canyon trip site .
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  • I’ve been visiting here since I was in grade school. I saw the Texas play about the second year it was performed. I’ve camped out of my car in designated camping spots, I’ve back packed in the back co...  more »
  • The canyon was great and there were good trails to hike. Saw a number of deer, and at the bird feeders one day we came across 6 wild turkey, an armadillo, and lots of different birds. The only downsid...  more »
  • This is a Texas Panhandle gem! The second largest Canyon in North America, we learned about it the last time we were in Amarillo and decided we definitely wanted to visit the next time. We spent a day...  more »
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  • Take a leap out of the hustle and bustle of the city into this beautiful world of nature and enjoy all thereof. Walk the trails, climb the hills, rocks and mountains and just soak up the beauty of the natural environment. Love camping and sight seeing? You’ll love Palo Duro Canyon because it offers all that and more. Don’t forget to take a bicycle with you if you’re into cycling too because you’ll find it handy. The only downside is the lack of telephone signals.
  • A gem of a discovery only an hour's drive away from Clovis NM. Extensive network of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding routes within the Canyon. Entrance fee $5 for day visitors includes comprehensive map. Visitor center is well stocked with artisan products and books. Many camp grounds for overnight visitors. Entry fee for overnight stay is $25 with re-entry privileges. It's truly a delight to visit this natural wonder. It can get busy during the day. My Monday visit was surprisingly serene with only sporadic episodes of interruption by others. The only disappointment I had was the unprecedented amount of dog waste on the paths. I understand that responsible dog ownership doesn't necessarily apply to nature but at least shoo the poop off the paths on which people (adults & children) walk on. I think that would be a reasonable expectation of those humans exercising their dogs within the state park. Just a thought.
  • Though it is expensive to stay here in an RV for a family, it was a spectacular experience. Since it was the off season, we did not get to see the musical Texas or experience the zip line. But, there was still plenty for us to enjoy. The best host was the extremely friendly road runner at the mesquite camping area. He walked right up to us a few times. Lots of wildlife to see, miles of trails to hike. The best part was the scenery. Simply gorgeous. No wonder they call it the little Grand canyon. Despite the price, we will be back!!
  • Went in the late afternoon. Admission was typical state park fee at $5.00 per person. Was able to drive down into the canyon with no trouble in our van. Lots of hiking trails I would have loved to explore but we were traveling through the area and didn't have time. Horseback trails also available. There is a convenience store down in the canyon but it closed before dark. Beautiful scenery and very much worth the visit. Definitely recommend.
  • Great state park. A hidden gem. We stopped here on our way through Amarillo, I am glad we took the detour and time for a hike. We took the lighthouse trail. Unfortunately, we did not have time to complete it this time but will for sure next trip. It's a 6mile round trip so take plenty of water and plan accordingly.
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