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Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Canyon
(4.6/5 based on 1,300+ 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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  • visit a bit disappointing ... we decided to take just the panoramic road of the Park (no trails), which from the top edge of the canyon, leads up to the bottom, where there are numerous walking trails. the Park was very busy (Spring break). It's definitely a stop pretty, but could be better ...
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  • This short trip just south of Amarillo TX about 20 minutes is well worth the time you spend at this very neat surprise. You will see a very unique canyon in the middle of this somewhat flat land with ...  more »
  • Palo Duro Canyon was an unexpected pleasure, totally different from any previous canyon experience we've had; the range of colors a different palette than New Mexico and Arizona, but splendid none the...  more »
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  • The 2nd largest canyon in the world does not disappoint. Lots of fun trials for hiking and exploring. Great place to go with friends and enjoy yourself. Camp grounds are nice and have bathrooms, but at nighttime you can see all the stars and it's gorgeous
  • This is a little gift shop with a bit of a museum in back. The museum is a helpful way to learn more about the area's history and geology - going back eons to the age of the dinosaurs! When I was there, the gift shop was run by a volunteer who was a little boisterous and loud but with a good heart overall. It's not stunning, but it's fine.
  • The only reason it rates two stars instead of one is that the Mesquite Camping area actually had clean restrooms. If you are a tent camper - DO NOT GO HERE. There are no tent pads. The rest of the ground is either dirt (mud if wet) and clumps of long grass (lumpy). The Sagebrush camping area shelters are a mess (they also don't provide shade) and the bathroom is an absolute disaster. I was appalled at the rodent dung and years worth of dead bug collection that littered the floor. Lets not discuss the spider collection. It was awful.
  • Beautiful park! Gorgeous scenery. The facilities are mostly in good shape. Restrooms at park entrance are terrible but the ones throughout the park are good. Lots of hiking trails. Great camping spots.
  • This is a beautiful desert park. We stayed two nights in our RV. We had our picnic table with gazebo, fire pit, and lots of room around us to spread out at $20 per night. Not at all like most RV parks/parking lots. Wish we could have stayed longer!