Palo Duro, often referred to as Texas’ Grand Canyon, is a state park that consists of more than 200,000 of land that lays south of Amarillo. Aside from the magnificently coloured rocks, great rock formations and the breathtaking scenery, the state park has a long and rich history that spans from even before the days of the ‘Old West’ and the battles with American Indians. Palo Duro has plenty of fun things to offer the whole family.
Today, the park offers a vast range of outdoor activities, there’s plenty to do and see during a trip to this area. One of the main attractions of Palo Duro is the vast range of camp and cabin facilities. The park has over 100 campsites, some with water and electricity supplied, some with just water, as well as a number of cabins.
Primitive sites that you need to hike to, equestrian camp sites that you ride to which contain stables and water for the horses as well as campsites for backpackers are just some of the accommodation that you’ll be able to enjoy while staying in Palo Duro.
One popular past-time of visitors to Palo Duro Canyon is horse riding. Located inside the Canyon are Old West Stables, where you can hire a horse and get a guided tour of the park that includes traveling to Timber Creek Canyon or to Lighthouse rock. Wagon rides are also available for those who aren’t proficient riders or those travelling with children. Campfire breakfasts are also something of a specialty here.
The park’s Pioneer Ampitheatre is another attraction that you should be careful not to miss. A play detailing the struggles, highlights and triumphs of Texas is often on show here during the summer months. The show includings singing and dancing, plenty of special effects, a barbecue dinner and fireworks afterwards.