Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Canyon

4.7
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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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  • Whoever thought that Texas could have it's own Grand Canyon, but it does! As I and my family arrived if you would like a great family pic just stop at the scenic view and there you will have a great....  more »
  • We enjoyed hiking . Had a perfect weather day, especially for February ! People up and down the trails were courteous and friendly . The mountain bikers on the lighthouse trail need some Etiquette...  more »
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  • Stunning colors and beautiful rock formations allow for amazing photographs year round. The staff is helpful, pleasant and knowledgeable as well as caring. From horses to trails this is an amazing gem tucked in the Panhandle. Campsites are large and with a nice trading post nearby, there is no worry about forgetting something. They serve burgers and sandwiches as well as ice cream. There is a rich history in this canyon and whether you spend a day or a month here you will always discover something new and beautiful.
  • This place is awesome so many areas to explore, so many things to see. My kids loved it, hike though the areas small mountains to climb, some larger for more experienced climbers. Beautiful wild life, to take pictures of. We went during the winter, was nice it's still gets pretty warm, due to the type of environment the rocks absorb heat so even though cold out they give some warm which makes it comfortable. So be careful in hot climates.

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