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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Address: P.O. Box 285, Canyon, TX
Phone Number: 806-656-2244
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Canyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Canyons, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Owner description: A dramatic 60-mile long and 800-foot deep canyon noted for its excellent hiking, birding, fishing...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Canyons, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Owner description: A dramatic 60-mile long and 800-foot deep canyon noted for its excellent hiking, birding, fishing and mountain biking.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Georgetown, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

A giant hole in the middle of panhandle flatness! We had a great day of exploring with my four children. We found a cave (hollow place in the rock wall) that we followed people into for some shade and nice views. We enjoyed a picnic lunch and marveled at the variety of colors and shapes of stone in the park.

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Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I wanted to take the kids to Arizona one day, but not anymore. Discovering this place was like finding hidden treasure. I had no idea whatsoever that Texas even has canyons, yet alone the 2nd largest in the country! We loaded up friends and family and made the road trip on the spur of the moment, and it was fun... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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193 reviews 193 reviews
63 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We visited in the winter when there were very few people. The scenery is dramatic and beautiful. We saw a fox, wild turkeys, and lots of birds at the feeder near the trading post. The park has numerous hiking trails, with different levels of difficulty. It is also a favorite place for mountain bikers. If you like geology, this is... More 

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Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is a good place to hike. It is outside of Amarillo and in a canyon. Nice place to picnic and chill. Nice scenery and rocks.

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Chesapeake
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79 reviews 79 reviews
22 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

As my husband and I are traveling from Montana to Florida we have been taking back roads along the way. We saw a sign for Palo Duro Canyon in Amarillo, Tx. and said "why not?" We are so very glad we did. Beautiful canyon hidden in northern Texas. Wild cats, long horn steer (in a pen at the entrance) and... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Anyone traveling in the Texas Panhandle should not miss the opportunity to visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park. It is exceed in size only by the Grand Canyon. Hiking is wonderful there, but if you visit during the hottest part of the Summer, make sure you take plenty of water.

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San Diego
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The drive through the park was great, and worth the drive down from Amarillo while we were visiting. It was so quiet and peaceful, that I wished we had more time to hike a bit. We saw a family of deer when we got out to explore, which was exciting for us city folk.

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Texas
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971 reviews 971 reviews
394 attraction reviews
370 helpful votes 370 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is not the Grand Canyon so don't compare. But this is the second largest canyon in the United States well worth the time to visit and explore. Since this is a State Park there is a small entrance fee. On a nice day there are several excellent hiking and biking trails. Be careful if it is raining as some... More 

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Germany
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We stopped here on the way through Texas and were impressed. The Visitor's Center is one of the best I have seen and the few overviews we visited were inspiring. Unfortunately, we only stopped briefly, so the cost did not justify the time we spent there. Next time we will plan better.

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Woodway, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The view never gets old. Visit in different seasons to get a different perspective of the immense flora and fauna that is offered. Employee at the visitors center was very friendly, handing out 2 detailed maps of all trails as well as informing us of park closing times and over-look spots not to miss! Whether you are there for a... More 

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