Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas
We have enjoyed Texas State Parks when ever we have visited them in the past. During our first year of travel, some one strongly suggested a visit to the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Finally our travel plans allowed for a visit. We scheduled a week long stay to enjoy the park as much as possible.
The Palo Duro Canyon is advertised as the second largest canyon in the United States. I’ll have to take their word for it, because we have seen some mighty big canyons, and this one doesn’t seem to fit the bill. That said, it is well worth the visit and we enjoyed our stay here.
Our site was in the Mesquite Campground located at the far end of the park. This allowed us to drive the length of the park each time travelled.
There were many hiking and biking opportunities for us in the park. My longest bike ride was the almost 14 miles that I rode from our campsite to the Lighthouse formation. Out on the Juniper Cliffside and Lighthouse trails and return on the Rojo Grande Trail.
|The Red Cliffs along the Rojo Grande Trail|
When riding a mountian bike or hiking in rough terrain it is vital to wear rugged footwear to protect your feet from injury.
|The Rock Garden|
We took one opportunity to visit a remarkable museum found on the campus of the West Texas A&M University. The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is well worth the visit. Plan on 2 to 3 hours for your visit.
|Charles Goodnight established his ranch in Palo Duro Canyon in the late 1800’s. The park maintains token Longhorns to recognize that ranching heritage.|
|Magnificent sunsets are common in the park. They are always a reason to return.|