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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

11450 Park Road 5, Canyon, Texas 79015 USA

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Mon 8a-10p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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“Along the famous route 66”

Palo Duro Canyon State Park opened on July 4, 1934 and contains 29,182 acres of the scenic, northern most portion of the Palo Duro Canyon. The Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's constructed most of the buildings and roads still in use by park staff and visitors.The Canyon is 120 miles long, as much as 20 miles wide, and has a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Its elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level. It is often claimed that Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. The largest, the Grand Canyon, is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and 6,000 ft. deep.Palo Duro Canyon was formed by water erosion from the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. The water deepens the canyon by moving sediment downstream. Wind and water erosion gradually widen the canyon. Early Spanish Explorers are believed to have discovered the area and dubbed the canyon "Palo Duro" which is Spanish for "hard wood" in reference to the abundant mesquite and juniper trees. 

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  • 1 Review
  • 7 Helpful
March 26, 2014

Absolutely breathtaking! Trails for novice to intermediate hikers. Make sure you stop by the visitor's center for tips from the volunteers. Have them show you the "lighthouse" from the viewfinder, or better yet, hike the trail to see it. If you love nature, don't miss this stop!

7 people found this review helpful

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  • 17 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
March 28, 2015
Rated 5.0

This was about an hour out of our way, but we are so happy we made the trip! It was absolutely beautiful! We hiked some trails and it was a nice way to stretch our legs after a long day of driving.

4 people found this review helpful

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  • 9 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 01, 2015
Rated 5.0

Always beautiful. Be wary of wildlife, you're in their home. Take note of fire danger level and bring more water than you would expect.

3 people found this review helpful

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Linda Newton

  • 9 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
November 29, 2015
Rated 5.0

Very Beautiful! Worth the trip! The initial drive into the park is a little steep and curvy. Once you are down there, it is breaking. The wild turkeys and deer come right up to you in the campgrounds. We only stayed for one night, and didn't go on any trails.

2 people found this review helpful

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Karissa & Andy

  • 4 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 26, 2015
Rated 5.0

We loved Palo Duro canyon! We were road tripping from Dallas to the Grand Canyon and made sure to stop here for a night. It was our first canyon camping experience and it was incredible. Campgrounds were quiet and the scenery and stars were beautiful. Definitely will return to spend more time here!

2 people found this review helpful

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Kurt Lundquist

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  • 20 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
March 02, 2015

Stayed in the Fortress Cliff camping (primitive) area. Only one there in late Feb. Only port-a-potties at this site, Mesquite Camp area just a short walk down the road which has the showers. But I drove (since there is a river crossing) All part of the park.
Really nice park. Definitely going back, to many trails for one day.

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 115 Reviews
  • 30 Helpful
November 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

We have visited Palo Duro Canyon Park twice with my family. It’s the best place to relax and watch the stars with the people you love. The camping spots were nice and well maintained. The second time around we had rented an RV, so our stay was more comfortable. In the morning you should go hiking, but even if you are not the adventuring type you can just walk around and admire the spectacular view. At night the best thing you can do is to stay up till late and watch the stars specially under a clear sky. Its a great place for the whole family and an experience you will remember for a lifetime.

2 people found this review helpful

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Kevin Wenrick

  • Road Warrior
  • 28 Reviews
  • 26 Helpful
October 05, 2014
Rated 4.0

WOW. What a beautiful place. We'e been wanting to visit here since we got our RV back in March. Finally the opportunity came. Park is undergoing some road (bridge) improvements but that did not spoil anything in any way. Take your bikes, lots of places to ride, some very easy, some very strenuous, all are beautiful. Clean park, well kept. It's a 6 hour drive for us, but we will definitely be going back... soon.

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  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
September 19, 2014
Rated 4.0

Would have given it a 5, but the gigantic flies were a minus! Be sure to bring extra water, and be prepared to keep yourself cool if going in the summer. I went in Aug of 2013 and it was too hot. It is gorgeous though and the souvenir shop is amazin!

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 9 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 16, 2014
Rated 5.0

Beautiful canyon! There's a lot to see and I wish we had more time. Really hot in August, but worth the stop.

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

11450 Park Road 5
Canyon, Texas
79015 USA


Open now until 10:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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