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Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Canyon

Categories: Canyons, Ruins, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park and other Canyon attractions using our handy Canyon trip generator.
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  • We camped in the Hackberry campground for 3 days and nights. This gave us time to explore several trails. Our favorite was the GSL Runners trail. The photos I've included are from that route. The rang...  read more »
  • Many people come to this area each year to see the outdoor production of Texas. That could give you a taste of the Palo Duro Canyon State Park, but you really need to get out, hit the trails and see t...  read more »
  • We had a blast camping, biking and hiking! Park staff were extremely helpful and wildlife was everywhere! 
  • What an amazing view and what an amazing show. If you love Texas, musicals, fireworks and the outdoors, you can;t combine them any better than the show at Palo Duro Canyon. It's 2 hours long, with a 15 minute break in the middle, and covers a multi plotted story through the founding of the railroad. Check it out if you're in the area.
  • Decent prices to enter the canyon. They have jeep tours (which I recommend) and ziplines which seemed very popular with no reservations needed. The Palo Duro has amazing sights to be seen and was very relaxing to visit. The visitor's center also has tons of information! Highly recommend you visit at least once.
  • I absolutely love this park and I will make the drive from Lubbock just to spend a day here. I haven't camped over night but I plan to sometime his fall, (I will update my review then.) The bathrooms were clean, there is enough to keep you busy for quite some time here. Looking at other reviews I can agree that the Lighthouse trail is a must do for any one visiting. DO NOT forget to bring water. The only complaint I have is the litter, while there isn't much it is grouped together where ever you do find it.
  • This information was gathered for the purpose of the public to have a better camping experience. All the information provided is accurate and up to date 8-20-2016 Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Limited use cabins. There are only four located in camp cow on the canyon floor. Of them all, number 4 is the best! Please read all information, it's important for your comfort and safety. The other cabins located up on the rim are near the entrance and are similar but the major difference is they have their own bathrooms inside. The cabins in camp cow do not. The bathrooms are a short walk away with hot water showers. It's important to note that these cabins have Queen size bunkbeds that can sleep 4 adults, but the cabin has room to add fold out cots. The floor is stone and I don't recommend sleeping on it! Remember you are camping and this is not like a hotel, linen is not provided and There are different types of wild animals and bugs everywhere so don't leave food out. After eating put everything away but Placing a peace of bread in or near the fire place will keep the small mouse happy and away from you and your food so Please don't kill him! He's very friendly and was more scared of me then I of him. Check with the park weeks in advance for all camping sites. Other types of camping is available with water and electricity. This is list of what's in The limited use cabins: A table with four chairs, microwave oven, mini refrigerator, air-conditioning, fire extinguisher, bunk bed queen size sleeps 4 people, night stand or night table and Electric heater. Things to consider bringing, extension cord and drop light for outside use this would be to light the outside picnic area at night. A plug extender or breaker with additional plug-in ports for adding any electrical devices that you may bring such as electrical coffee pot, other small extension cords are useful for electronics. Bedding Linning and pillows. Trash-bags and a roll of toilet paper because you will be using a public facility and other people use the same building. Bringing your own toilet paper ensures you are not stranded and force to use your ? Bring flashlights for young kids or chemical lights to light your way, Consider bringing a propane or gas stove for cooking and heating in case a fire ban is in effect. Things to consider 1, cost 2, size 3, items in cabins 4, items YOU Need to bring to make your camping better. 5, safety, safety, safety Thank you for reading 8/20/16 Note: I didn't see zip lining in this park. It is possible these people are only doing this for a limited time. Contact the park for further information regarding the sport.
  • A nice little getaway to enjoy the day at palo duro canyon. We did not fuel up after a long day on our motorcycles. We had to make it to the zip lines before closing and we was a group of about 20. After enjoying the zip lines everyone was concerned about the gas and how we had been running on reserv, we was guided to a fuel pump at the bottom of the park. SO YES the country store has gas.
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