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“better than the grand canyon”

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Canyon
Certificate of Excellence
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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 young children, Activities for older children
Gladewater, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“better than the grand canyon”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

this place is great. in some places, it looks exactly like the grand canyon! the grand canyon, i believe, is limiting. you have to be willing to go a walk a long distance, to get to the bottom. we weren't . it was grand, but this is a smaller version- a doable version. i think it is more visitor friendly. you an drive to the bottom and stop along the way to explore.we tried to get 1 of the only 3 cabins on the rim, but they were all booked up. it was 5 dollars, apiece to get in, but it's the best 10 dollars we've ever spent! we were there almost 8 hours and loved every minute. there is a snack bar, in the canyon. they serve burgers, fries, hot dog, etc. the hamburger were very tasty and reasonably priced. we took an ice chest, with water and snacks. the only wildlife we saw was a turkey and a rabbit.
if you cannot get to the grand canyon, go to palo duro!

Visited April 2014
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Lufkin, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Guaranteed to Enjoy being One with Nature!”
Reviewed April 25, 2014

Some people may refer to it as a hole in the ground but you've got to see to believe. During the month of April, it was hot but far from humid. Endless spectacular views so be armed with cams and video equipment. Pack a lunch and bring plenty of cold drinks. There are very clean restrooms throughout the entire park as well as picnic areas and gift shops. It's worth driving your own vehicle throughout the park as you can choose your areas of taking in nature in all its glory!

Visited April 2014
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Not Grand Canyon, but it can be seen much closer”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

Previous reviewers have said the same, "It's not Grand Canyon." However, you can drive down to the bottom of it, view the battle sight and cross water streams; all in about 2 hours if you hurry and it would be grand to camp in the canyon if able.

Visited April 2014
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Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
1,064 reviews
434 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
“Nice Canyon In the Amarillo Area”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

We came to Amarillo specifically to see the canyon. While it is very beautiful it really cannot be compared to the Grand Canyon. So please don't go there thinking it is a smaller version of the big one. The visitors center is small but very nice. There are a lot of pieces made by various Native Americans for sale, but we are waiting until we get Santa Fe so we can purchase them directly from the people. Drive all the way through the canyon. There are many places to stop along the way. There are two areas of road construction, but it was not much of a wait at either place. We were very surprised to see so many people there on Easter Sunday.

Visited April 2014
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Texas
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Texas Treasure #4533”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

Palo Duro Canyon is the 2nd largest canyon in the US. However, the Texas Parks department has done a marvelous job making this as easy a place to navigate or, for you intrepid campers/hiker, as rustic as you like.

We took the Lighthouse trail which is just over 7 miles round trip (it took us 3.5 hours, but we took a lot of pictures along the way) on a beautiful spring day. I am a tubby guy between 50-55 and made the walk all the way to the summit of Lighthouse. There was only one time I thought I was going to throw up. It get's a little steep towards the end, but you can opt out of that walk and still see some amazing things.

Go early in the morning if you can for breathtaking pictures. Take plenty of water (I had 40 oz r and could have use some more) even on a mild day (it was upper 70's on our hike).

Trails are well marked and there are rest stops along the way. We did come across some folks who were older than us and we all agreed the trip to the top was worth the effort.

The trail is also dog friendly.

There are plenty of places in the park for snacks and there is even a couple of souvenir and small supply stores on the grounds.

Visited April 2014
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