Experience Palo Duro Canyon up close and personal, the way the cowboys did: on horseback. The Old West Stables, located ... More
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Experience Palo Duro Canyon up close and personal, the way the cowboys did: on horseback. The Old West Stables, located inside the canyon, offers guided tours to Timber Creek Canyon and the famous Lighthouse formation. Other services offered include wagon rides, campfire breakfasts, souvenirs, and a snack bar. Reservations are required.
After retiring the dog and I got in the RV and went there after living in Texas for over 30 years and it was a "scenic overkill" and high "WOW" factor. Hadn't ever been and am glad I did and will go back...truly a beauty that is "off of the radar". Felt like I was "in" the environment and not visiting.
Have been to Palo Duro Canyon three times. LOVE IT each and every time. The first time we stayed in the Cow Camp cabins and I have to admit to being pretty creeped out. There were numerous mice and lizards walking around the stone walls of our cabin. I thought I could handle it and was prepared to sleep inside, until we saw a giant black millipede travelling up the wall. I lost it and much to my husband's dismay, we spent two nights in the car. The other two times we rented the Sorenson cabin on the rim and it was truly amazing. The views were spectacular and the cabin was neat and clean, complete with a bathroom. It would accomodate up to four, so it was plenty spacious for my husband and me. Short money for it as well - I believe it was around 115 a night.
The beautiful scenery and wildlife are calling us back there again and we are booking another trip there this Summer. Can't wait!! If you live in Texas and haven't been - GO! It really shouldn't be missed...
Just returned from Az.'s Grand Canyon, but first took yet another drive through part of
Palo Duro. It is truly the "Baby Grand". It
is one of the best kept secrets in Texas and
so unexpected after all the flat land of W.
Tx. We had a chance to turn some other folks
that we met at a rest area, onto it, too. It
is magnificent! Would love to see the musical spectacular "Texas!" sometime.
Palo Duro Canyone is a beautiful place to go. If you are into hiking, or just camping, going for the day and having a picnic it is wonderful. So much fun over the years. I lived in Amarillo all my life..
been going there since 1961. i liked it the way it used to be. back then you could hike along the creek for miles but due to so called improvements you can't do it now. i still go there as it is the best in the area
Nice place to see and well worth the stop. The outlook post museum is interesting and has a fantastic view. There are wild turkeys and road runners everywhere.
Amarillo is nearby with attractions like Cadillac ranch, Arnolds burgers, Big texan steak ranch & Opry, route 66 historic district, figure 3 ranch, Wonderland park.
If you want to stay in the canyon the cabins on the rim $100 to $110 are full furnished & comfy and have their own bathrooms. The view here is spectacular. They need to make more of these.
We have also stayed in Cow Camp cabins $55 electricity, fridge, microwave, water. BUT the shared community bathrooms were horrible. The showers looked like they had not been cleaned in weeks. You are better off staying in nearby hotel for $60.
I grew up in Canyon Texas. This park was a regular spot for biking and hiking when I was younger. Plenty of areas to explore within 4 miles of the road, but for the real hardcore campers, hike south from the turn-around for 30-45 minutes. Great open camping there, and it is rarely explored. In the last 20 years, I've only run across other campers twice that far south.
We did the Lighthouse trial which is 6.5 miles round trip and loved every minute of it. But they say the gates close at 10 pm but we found our friends stuck outside because they were already closed before 9:30!
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