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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

11450 Park Road 5

Grand Canyon of Texas

The second largest canyon in the country lies in the heart of the Texas Panhandle. Visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park; experience the canyon's rugged beauty and enjoy its colorful history.

Things to Do

Explore the canyon by foot, mountain bike, horse or car. We have more than 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Camp, geocache, study nature or bird watch. During the summer, enjoy a performance of the outdoor musical drama TEXAS.

Choose from campsites with water and electricity, primitive drive-up sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas. Stay in one of three cabins on the canyon's rim or four limited service cabins on the canyon floor. Rent our new pavilion for a wedding, reunion or meeting.

Stop by the Visitor Center on the canyon rim to learn more about the park. The park store at the Visitor Center sells books, pottery, jewelry and more. Look for souvenirs, snacks and meals at The Trading Post on the canyon floor.


Steven Yackel

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Palo Duro Canyon is a very interesting state park in Texas. There is not a lot of Texas that has the grandeur that Palo Duro provides with wide open vistas into the canyon of the eroded layers of geological history. We have now visited this park twice and have enjoyed both trips. The Light House is the best-known rock formation in the park. To get to the light house takes a 3 mile hike that works it 's way back up one of the canyon fingers. The hike is very doable, but is a total of 6 miles out and back with not a lot of elevation gain. This is really more of a hike than a walk, so make sure that you have the appropriate items and footwear. Make sure that you bring along plenty of water with you as well. The park has different types of camping areas if you are wanting to spend the night. We stayed in a tent only area that did not have power. We enjoyed the location of the campsite and had a nice stay. Each site had a sheltered picnic table. There are additional hiking trails, horseback riding and during the summer there is a show that we have not seen yet that tells about the history of Texas.

Vanessa Hopkins

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Such a beautiful park! Camped here for 4 nights (Sunday through Thursday), and was one of our best camping experiences. The park was not too overcrowded, probably because school was still in session. I can see it getting busier during summer. There were a lot of great trails, a lot of which were unmarked. However, it's very hard to get lost here, as ling as you know the federal direction you need to go. It was fun exploring the winding trips behind our campsite. Tip: If you want a remote campsite with great views of the canyon, go to the Mesquite campgrounds. Campsites 89 and 90 were probably our favorite out of all of them. Bathrooms were nicer than most public restrooms, and the nicest I've seen in a state park. Staff cleans then daily, and showers have ample hot water. Bring your own hand soap, though. However, it should be noted that while we were there, they were working on the mesquite bathrooms due to collapsed plumbing. It was a short mile drive to the juniper campgrounds, but didn't inconvenience us much, as we typically camp pretty rustic, and minimally used the bathrooms.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Stunning!! This state park is a gem! The views are amazing and there are so many great hiking trails. It is also very dog-friendly. Another couple that we passed on one of the trails let us know that they had seen a couple of rattlesnakes, so we made sure to stay aware and keep a close eye on our dogs, but we did not see any. As we were driving out we did see a herd of aoudad, which was awesome! We loved this park. It is especially beautiful at sunset!

Mike Tong

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Cool place to visit. We got to stay in the limited service cabins which come with a fridge and a microwave. While we enjoyed our time there. There are mice that run on top of the cabins that come out at night. It kept me up all night. The parts of the canyon that you can drive through is pretty small. But the views are nice. Sunset is pretty amazing.

Pam Johnson

Friday, June 8, 2018
The play was way to long,3 hours and one half hour intermission. The actors in the play called for a lot of "quarreling" amongst themselves and was boring. There was this "bright light' that shined on the audience and blinded you for several seconds. The back stage tour was a joke. The one good thing was their dance routines. I would not waste my money on this show. This show needs some new life. The canyon was beautiful and the food was good. ..

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