Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon is home to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful parks in the Southwest.Take a ride by horse or mountain bike, or explore on foot in almost 30,000 acres of canyon carved out over a million years.A Limited Service Cabin in the Cow-Camp loop. One of the Limited Service Cabins, in the Cow-Camp loop. 'The Grand Canyon of Texas' is something not to be missed. Then again, it’s so vast, you couldn’t miss it if you tried.

Things to Do

Activities include camping, horseback riding, hiking, nature study, bird watching, mountain biking and scenic drives. While in the park, stop by and enjoy the Visitor Center located on the Canyon Rim. This rustic native stone building was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 and houses a Museum and Museum Store. The store is located in the Visitor Center and features books, pottery, jewelry and educational items pertaining to the canyon.

Equestrian

Experience Palo Duro Canyon up close and personal, the way the cowboys did: on horseback. The equestrian-use area covers approximately 1,500 acres of the park, offering trails strictly for equestrian use. Other trails within the park are shared with hikers and mountain bikers. Visitors may bring their own horses. (Original Coggins papers are required.) Two large trailer parking areas are located at the designated equestrian campground near the Equestrian Trail, with six primitive campsites and a corral and water nearby. Visitors must provide their own water buckets for horses.

The Old West Stables, located inside the canyon, offer guided tours to Timber Creek Canyon and the famous Lighthouse formation. Other services offered include wagon rides, campfire breakfasts, souvenirs and a snack bar. Bring the whole family! Reservations are required. Please call Old West Stables at (806) 488-2180.

Outdoor Theater Productions

 TEXAS, the outdoor musical drama and the official play of the state of Texas runs Tuesdays through Saturdays during the summer season in the Pioneer Amphitheater in beautiful Palo Duro Canyon State Park. In this family-friendly show, set against an authentic tapestry of history, the show's fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800s. Song and dance abound - and a generous helping of good ol' Texas humor too - with spellbinding lighting, special effects and fireworks. Come early and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner served on our covered patio. For more information contact the Pioneer Amphitheater Box Office at (806) 655-2181 or go to the TEXAS Musical Drama website.

Contact Information

  • Camping Reservations (512) 389-8900
  • Park Information (806) 488-2227
  • Educational Programs (806) 488-2227, ext. 106
  • Pioneer Amphitheater Box Office (806) 655-2181 
    http://www.texas-show.com/
  • Palo Duro Trading Post (806) 488 2821

Outfitters & Guide Services

Guided horseback trips in the canyon are offered by  Old West Stables. (806) 488-2180.

Ranger Programs

The park offers a variety of educational opportunities. Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

Get more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps, which helped develop this park and numerous others over 70 years ago, by visiting our CCC page that includes the interactive online exhibits and education resource, “The Look of Nature: Designing Texas State Parks During the Great Depression” and “A New Deal for Texas Parks."

Area Attractions 

Nearby attractions include Caprock Canyons State Park, Storyland Zoo for Children, Nielsen Memorial Museum, Lake Meredith National Recreation AreaAlibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, West Texas A&M University, Wildcat Bluff Nature Center and Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

For more information on this area visit the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council website at www.visitamarillotx.com

11450 Park Road 5
Canyon, TX 79015

Latitude: 34.907317

Longitude: -101.642426

(806) 488-2227

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900
Reserve by fax

Entrance Fees
  • Adult : $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

Open daily.

Office Hours

November to March:
Sunday - Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

April to May:
Sunday - Thursday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 8 a.m. – 10p.m.

June to August:
8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily

September to October:
Sunday - Thursday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 8 a.m. – 10p.m.

Busy Season

Summer months during the play season

Climate

January average low is 19 degrees. July average high is 92 degrees. Average rainfall is 20.6 inches. Flash flooding may pose a serious danger. Please monitor water levels during your stay in the park. If the water begins to rise past 6 inches on the water depth gauges at any one of the six water crossings, immediately seek shelter on higher ground.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

2,759 - 3,463 feet

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