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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

P.O. Box 285, Canyon, TX
806-656-2244
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Canyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Canyons, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Driving, Hiking
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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 older children, Activities for young children
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Hooterville, Tx
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favorite places on the face of the planet. Its beauty is endless, and quite peaceful. Having been at various times during the year, I can honestly say that any day is a good day to visit the canyon. From the historic features, well marked throughout the park, to the scenic natural surroundings, to the variety... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Got to the park around 2:30 and drove around to enjoy the scenery. It was beautiful. Park is undergoing a lot of renovation and construction. I turned around at one point because the low water crossing didn't appear to be safe........rented one of the cabins (Gatehouse I think).......The accommodation is similar to a youth hostel......no chairs, no reading lamps, minimal... More

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Sydney, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Spectacular scenery, would be great for camping (we only did day trips). It was stormy when we went so missed seeing the stars which I think would be awesome to see from the park, but the lightning provided it's own show which was freaky but cool. Worth a look if you are in the area.

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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This little piece of heaven just opens up in the middle of all this flatness! Baffling. This is a day trip for my family. I have seen the play Texas two times. The backdrop of the stage is a wall of the caprock wall.

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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is a mini-Grand Canyon in the Texas Panhandle. Beautiful. Big and colorful skies. Deep gorges. Very well maintained by the Texas Parks Service. The views from the overlook are inspiring. No alcohol allowed outside of the Pavilion.

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Washingon, Kansas, United States
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18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

What beautiful scenery! Is definitely worth the drive from Amarillo. It is such a surprise to view the canyon after such flat land for miles around. The weather was perfect so made for a great day to drive through and visit the visitor's center and food stand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Spent two days in the Canyon riding around the astonishing views and surroundings. It was awesome to ride motorcycles all the way down the canyon and walk thru some of the areas. Bikers beware the park roads do include a few low water bridge crossings that may freak you out, but were fun to cross. Some of them are being... More

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Arlington, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Wow! We had such a wonderful time exploring the area. The views are wonderful. Driving and walking such a pleasant afternoon. Weather was wonderful 60s to low 70s. Didn't require all the water many said they had to have in the hotter months. I will visit again next time we go to Colorado. Great place to stop and see things... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at the canyon. Only negatives I would say was the fact they have no sewer lines at the RV sites and the flies were horrible - possibly due to the fact horses are around. Hiking and scenery was awesome. We only hiked a small portion of the trails. Next time we will take a tow... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

When heading in to texas we had never heard of palo duro but we will tell all that this is a must see. The entry fee too the park is very cheap. The paths are well marked and there are plenty of different paths for different levels of difficulty depending on your fitness. The highlight was the lighthouse trail. So... More

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