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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.


Brett Turner

Friday, July 20, 2018
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.

Larry Archer

Thursday, July 12, 2018
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.

Chanse Frenette

Saturday, June 23, 2018
A Texas treasure! My expectations were low as we drove through the wind swept prairies, but then we entered into a completely different world. It reminds me of Southern Utah with it's amazing mountain biking and hiking trails. We did the hike to the Lighthouse and it was a great family hike (for experienced family hikers.) Strongly recommend this park, it is a MUST for any Texan to see. A real gem that deserves more than the one day we spent here. We plan on coming back during the milder months for a full week though. During this trip, we stayed the night in the park at Mesquite campground and it was a great spot. Nice nights stay despite the heat and camp staff was friendly and helpful. The view of the stars was beautiful, so we laid in our tent and just watched the sky until we fell asleep. Oh and dogs are welcome and allowed on all trails with leash. One of the other great features of most Texas State Parks.

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.

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.

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