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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

P.O. Box 285, Canyon, TX
806-656-2244
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Canyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, State Parks, Ancient Ruins
Activities: Hiking, Driving
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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Temple, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

First time to Palo Duro. Mid-September temperatures were nice, but too late to see the play. Lots of places to pull over and take photos on the scenic road through the canyon.

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California, Maryland
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

I had never heard of this, but followed recommendation of local resident. So glad we did as the natural landscape was just amazing, and unspoiled by man. I wish I could have stayed longer.

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Panama city,fl
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We went out west in June. While in Amarillo, we went to the tourist center. They recommended we go to this park. We were so surprised that there was a park in Texas that reminded us so much of the Grand Canyon type scenery. While there, we ran up on a pavillon that had signs advertising a Western theme outdoor... More

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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We spent a full day here and stayed in Amarillo for the night while our way to the Grand Canyon. As this is the 2nd largest canyon we figure it should be seen first. We loved it here! A lot of great info is available in the Visitor Center. We were here in May and so it wasn't scorching hot... More

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Sand Springs, Oklahoma
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We just spent ten days in palo dura canyon state park, we stayed in the mesquite campground..we had full hookups there and the most amazing view I have ever seen, we spend our days hiking and rock climbing..we did have a incident with a rattle snake on one of our adventures out..but all turned out well..be sure to watch the... More

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Honey Grove, Texas
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24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The Palo Duro Canyon is mentioned in numerous old pioneer books and stories, and the location contains a lot of history. It is often called the "Grand Canyon of Texas". It is interesting how much the temperature changes as you progress down into the canyon. Don't just drive through - be sure to stop and look around. Take a few... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
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21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Only about 10 miles off the highway, this is an unforgettable place. In a couple of hours, you can take the eight mile road around the park stopping for photos. The views are amazing, so don't visit without a camera. It's a great way to break up a long drive through Texas. We saw a rattlesnake on one of the... More

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Plano, Texas
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82 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were there in January and it was simply breath taking. This is almost a magical looking place. The scenery is just stunning. As the light changes so do the images. This is must see if you are anywhere close to the panhandle of Texas

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United States
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72 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We were passing through Abilene and decided to travel a little South and check out this park. I'm glad we did. The park ranger that was working the gate was very friendly and helpful. It was amazing too see the canyons. It was very hot the day we were there so make sure to have plenty of water with you.... More

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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is pretty much the best thing to see if you visit Amarillo. It's about 30 min drive from Amarillo, but well worth it once you get there. The best time to see it though is in the spring from about February to May. Once summer hits, the biting flies come out so you'll need some deep woods off bug... More

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