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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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Address: 11450 Park Road 5 Canyon, TX 79015, Canyon, TX
Phone Number: 806-656-2244
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Activities: Hiking, Driving
Description: A dramatic 60-mile long and 800-foot deep canyon noted for its excellent...
A dramatic 60-mile long and 800-foot deep canyon noted for its excellent hiking, birding, fishing and mountain biking.
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Texas's Grand Canyon

The park is more than the drama which thousands visit every year! It is best as the sun rises or sets which highlights the stratas in the many layers and ages of history revealed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Kerrville, Texas
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Kerrville, Texas
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56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The park is more than the drama which thousands visit every year! It is best as the sun rises or sets which highlights the stratas in the many layers and ages of history revealed in its walls. If you have been to Grand Canyon, don't expect the same experience, but you can drive into it and wander through much of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Beautiful park and stunning canyon - smaller than the Grand Canyon and Bryce-Zion, but if you are in the area and beautiful and fascinating place to visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We have seen the Grand Canyon and the Copper Canyon in Mexico. This one is a dwarf in comparison. Beautiful but not as impressive as we'd anticipated. Still, we're glad we came and glad we got to see yet another of God's wonders ... from totally FLAT landscape to suddenly a canyon ... WoW!!!

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Friendswood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Our visit to Palo Duro Canyon was very nice. Even in July the mornings were windy and with the low humidity very pleasant outside. We drove through the park and were please with the views of 800 feet multicolored cliffs. Free if you have a state park pass. We stopped at the visitors center which had some interesting artifacts.

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Seminole, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I must confess I have not lived in Texas very long so there are many places I did not know about or have explored. I was totally surprised about Palo Duro Canyon. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to get out and explore and hike because we had other plans but this beautiful place is on my bucket list top return... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Have visited this canyon twice and would happily go again. You can easily drive through the canyon with lots of picturesque viewing spots. Plenty of hiking trails. Have noticed a lot of people enjoy biking through here as well. If you go during the summer bring lots of water as it does get extremely hot.

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Wow, this place is amazing! We took a picnic lunch and spent a couple of hours driving around and hiking. It's quite a stunning place, and amazing that you can drive right down into it. There are lots of well maintained picnic areas with bathrooms. There are also a few places to buy food and drinks. One tip - bring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This place is spectacular and an awesome total family experience. The canyon is breathtakingly beautiful with bright colors and amazing views. The camp sites are awesome with shade and right in the canyon surrounded by beauty. The facilities are solid. Bring bug spray and lots of water. Beautiful homes of a variety of levels are abundant. Must visit the old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We visited Palo Duro in mid June. It was HOT! After seeing the Grand Canyon, I think I like Palo Duro better. It was.more accessible, easier to see, and less crowded. Take the time to drive the road down into the canyon and do a little hiking. Stop at the visitor's center to see the museum and learn a little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Who knew such a beautiful canyon was on the plains of the Llano Estacado? Very nice and wish we'd had more time to spend there. Given the large insect and arachnid population there, you're best not tent camping as we were trying to do. Yes, we actually saw a tarantula and a black widow (which fascinated and horrified the six... More 

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Address: 11450 Park Road 5 Canyon, TX 79015, Canyon, TX
Phone Number: 806-656-2244
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Canyon

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