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Beautiful Scenery and Great Camping!!

Second year here at the campsites, (truck with a slide-in camper is how we roll) wild turkeys... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Georgetown, Texas
Second Largest Canyon in the US

This was a unique unexpected experience. We visited this park because we had read about the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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A dramatic 60-mile long and 800-foot deep canyon noted for its excellent hiking, birding, fishing and mountain biking.
11450 Park Road 5, Canyon, TX 79015-8747
+1 806-656-2244
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The canyon is amazing. We have visited many times over the years. Unfortunately on this visit the road was blocked off at the lighthouse trail and we couldn't tour the canyon. There wasn't anyone staffing the entrance and this was on a Saturday.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Second year here at the campsites, (truck with a slide-in camper is how we roll) wild turkeys roaming freely! The canyon is so beautiful and the Spanish Skirts are my favorite view point. There's a Park store, riding stables and even a play on certain...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a unique unexpected experience. We visited this park because we had read about the Lighthouse Trail. We arrived late afternoon. There is an entrance fee to this park. It is $5 per person. This place is called the Grand Canyon of Texas. We...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have never visited the Grand Canyon, this place would impress more. If you have visited the Grand Canyon, it's a nice break from all the flat land. Currently the back part of the park is closed (after the Chinaberry day use area) so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This canyon has some beautiful scenery! Being off season, there were very few people here. Spent the night and it was extremely quiet. Enjoyed hiking and taking in the views. Especially enjoyed watching the glow of the sunset on the canyon walls.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took days and hiked with our dogs. The first day, 12/27/18, it was cold and sunny. We had to wear a few layers because of the wind and cold temps. It was perfect weather for an 8 mile hike and not crowded. Second day,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
4  Thank jbsings4him
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First off let me state that you cannot enter the park outside of operating hours. There is an automatic gate at the front that is closed and does not open until posted hours. I'm mentioning this because park staff told me on the phone beforehand...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank saleenadam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed the night and had a wonderful time. The scenery was beautiful and the campground was not crowded even though it was early August. Great bathroom facilities including showers.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 17, 2018

The park definitely has beautiful views but the map they give you upon arrival is very confusing and not helpful because they need better signage, as well. We had to circle around several times before finally guesstimating if it was the right trail we were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

We finally took the time to drive down here from Interstate 40. It was well worth it. We saw deer and wild turkeys which was fun. It was either overcast or we had smoke from the California wildfires. It would have been prettier on a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Chris J
January 4, 2019|
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Response from 212DavidD212 | Reviewed this property |
They are open year round. Keep a close eye on your weather, they get snow and ice. If you get stuck in the canyon you could be there a few days. Plan ahead, food, propane, things to think about.
Chris J
January 4, 2019|
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Response from mrquick2018 | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is open year round. But call 806-488-2227 Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Some of the outside excursions may not offer service but the Parks are great.
December 19, 2018|
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Response from jbsings4him | Reviewed this property |
We just did the 27th and 28th. Cold both days. First with sun and second was cloudy and snowy. We were fine with multiple layers, including gloves. You should be fine!