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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  • We heard about this place on the way to New Mexico. Decided to pay visit and was glad we did. Beautiful scenery and hiking trails.  more »
  • You need to put this attraction on your bucket list. The canyon is impressive with great views. It is like nothing else. Bring your hiking shoes!  more »
  • We arrived at Hackberry Campground loop in Palo Duro Canyon, TX on June19, 2018 and checked out on the 21st. We hit a very favorable time of the year, not too hot, not too cold. We did have some rain ...  more »
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  • What a beautiful Canyon !! In fact it's a mini replica of Grand Canyon. Good thing is that it's only 30 minutes drive from Amarillo TX. We started early in the morning by 8 AM and reached there in timely manner. Much of the crowd coming is hikers and bird watchers. I was told that bird watching is fun at Canyon here. Visitors center is nice and simple. Also it had an amphitheatre where they show wild west documentary during evening hours. We also saw many people riding mountain bikes. Overall it's a fantastic place for a day trip with little adventure and lots of fun !!
  • We visited Polo Duro Canyon State Park on the way to the Grand Canyon, and my family enjoyed this more than we expected. We spent a half day there and hiked one short trail, but we all wished we had time to stay longer. The Big Cave was our favorite natural attraction. My teen sons also enjoyed the many opportunities for climbing and hiking up small cliffs and embankments. As you would expect, it was very hot in July, and without appropriate hiking gear and ample water, we didn't try any of the longer trails. However, we plan to return we when are in the area again to see the other things we didn't have time for. I highly recommend visiting Palo Duro Canyon State Park.
  • Beautiful. Camped 2 days. Deer camp through our camp both days. Came so close to my daughter she could of touched her while she (the deer) drank water. Had a crazy road runner that visited us both days. The last night we had raccoons. It was wonderful and beautiful. Can't wait to head back.
  • This place is a gem in the Texas State Park system. It's beautiful.. it's unique. It's out of the way and not usually crowded. Full of places to hike, ride off road bicycles or horses if you got them. Just know it can be hot in the summertime. Bring water don't try to hike with just one bottle to share.
  • Made a minor detour on route from East Texas to Colorado to visit this canyon. Added about 40 miles onto our journey. Only had an extra 2 to 3 hours to use to see this park, that was enough time to stop and see a lot of it. Had a great experience. Awesome views and good info from park ranger and the map he provided. Many places to pull off for photos. The only small snafu was the gift shop. Lady said they were closing about 20 minutes till 5 and there were at least 20 more people wanting in after us.

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