Palo Duro is the home to the second largest canyon in the country located southeast of Amarillo, Texas. It was a bit surprising after traveling through relatively flat farmland and coming to the 1,000 foot vertical walls of this canyon that is over a 100 miles in length. The park road descends into the canyon along a steep 10 percent grade road to the canyon floor where several campsite circles are located. There is electric, water, shower facilities and bathrooms that are clean and comfortable.
|Our campsite at Palo Duro Canyon State Park|
|View from our campsite at Mesquite Ridge|
|Day Hike on one of the many trails in the park|
This is a beautiful park surrounded by lovely rock formations and colorful cliffs that surround you on all sides.
|One of the many rock formations in the park|
|Red sand stone creates a fascinating landscape|
|Cave in the cliffs with a cool interior to hide from the springtime sun|
|Visitors Center at Palo Duro built by the CCC in the 1930's|
|View from the rim of the Canyon at the Visitors Center|
It is also home to the play, Texas ,which is given every night in the summer at the parks extensive amphitheater that is built to accommodate hundreds of people. The play is a wonderful musical that depicts the history of this area of Texas from the very early days of pioneering with families that settled near this special place in northwest Texas. Many of the scenes had horses, well built sets and fireworks that added to drama of the play.
|The Amphitheater at Palo Duro|
|Seating for the play Texas that 4,000,000 people have seen over the years|
|Cactus blooming in the late spring sun after a wet spring|
|Aloe Plants in bloom were common in the park|
|We saw many exotic birds|
|Wild flowers were everywhere|