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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  • We spent a couple of days here exploring the trails and marveling at the natural beauty of the canyon’s nooks and crannies. We found a neat cave that the kids and I had fun hiking to and exploring aro...  more »
  • Great trails and scenery. Lots of good camping, too. Can’t wait for the next trip. Visitor center is worth spending some additional time.  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.

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