Bucket List Worthy Palo Duro Canyon
Updated: May 16
is a canyon system part of the Caprock Escarpment, located in the Texas Panhandle in Canyon. "The Grand Canyon of Texas" is the second-largest canyon in the United States.
It is roughly 120 mi long and has an average width of 6 mi, but reaches a width of 20 mi at places. Its depth is around 820 ft, but in some locations, it increases to 1,000 ft.
Location: Palo Duro Canyon, Texas
Type: State Park
Amenities: 50 AMP, city water, fire ring, dump station, picnic table, clean bathroom/showers, park store Things to do: Backpacking, hiking, biking (surfaced/trails), horseback riding, scenic overlooks, trails (multi-use), guided tours, visitor center/museum, group facilities
Price: Day Use $8 RV $26 per night
Pet Friendly on leash
The views are incredible! One of my favorite parts of visiting the canyon, is how accessible it is to everyone.
Can view the canyon by:
Car- approximately 30 min trip depending how many times you get out at look out points to explore and take pics
Bike- marked trails and paved roads
Foot- trails and over looks
Horseback- guided tours or on your own
There are at least 16 marked trails ranging from easy to difficult. When you enter the park, the rangers give you a detailed map with descriptions of each trail. Making it easy to decide which you want to explore.
The most popular trail is the Lighthouse Trail, a 5.7 mile out and back (total, roundtrip). Because of its popularity, it is one of the busiest trails. We recommend starting as early as possible to beat the crowds and heat. It takes hours to complete so take plenty of water and your camera. Lighthouse rock is the symbol of Palo Duro Park and you want to be sure not to miss it.
Other noteworthy trails we personally loved include Givens, Spicer, & Lowry, and Juniper Cliffside. There is a really cool cave near Juniper Cliffside.
The views at the campgrounds are incredible! We stayed at Juniper, but also like Mesquites views as well. We enjoyed the spacious sites! Our little ones had plenty of room to run and play safely. Covered picnic table area allowed us to spend pretty much the entire time outside except to sleep. We hiked, played, cooked, and ate outside.
The bathrooms were clean and the showers were nice with lots of hot water. The grounds were well kept. Dumpsters for trash readily available.
Our visit was in March so weather was chilly. So we didn't experience any serious heat, but lots of wind.
Like any beautiful state or national park, the campgrounds in Palo Duro Canyon stay busy. It is best to reserve your site in advance if possible. The cooler months are most popular, as it gets very hot there during the summer.
We will definitely be back to explore more!
Next time we hope to book Mesquite for different RV views.
Get to know our family a little better and take a look at our favorite memories while we visited below...
I hope this encourages you to visit Palo Duro, and you love it as much as we do!