Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the panhandle of Texas, near Amarillo, is home to the second largest canyon in the entire United States. With rugged beauty and colorful history, Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a spot you can’t miss checking out.
The park is home to a number of different recreational activity options, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, geocaching, and more. If you bring your horse, there are over 1,500 acres set aside for horseback riding. Or you can also explore the trails with other hikers and mountain bikers.
Camp at one of many campsites, which range from a hike-in primitive camping area and primitive equestrian sites to fully equipped sites with water and electricity. There is a group camping area that will hold a maximum of 72 people. Reservations can be made for the group area by phone only. There are also several cabins available for rental.
Palo Duro Canyons State Park is open from 7 AM to 10 PM daily for day-use visitors. Overnight camping is allowed. Admission to the park costs $5 for adults but is free for children 12 and under. Camping reservations can be made in advance by calling the park office during business hours or through the park’s website.
Do not allow your dog to dig, disturb wildlife, or become a nuisance to other park visitors. Always keep your dog on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times. In Texas state parks, pets are permitted in most campgrounds and trails but are not allowed inside any buildings. If you go hiking with your dog, always come prepared with plenty of water for both you and your pet. Bring waste bags and be sure to clean up after your pet.
If you are looking to explore the majestic Texas Grand Canyon, or you’re looking for a beautiful spot to spend the day or escape for the weekend, Palo Duro Canyons State Park is the right fit for you and your family, furry loved ones included.