Canyon Travel Guide

  • "The Lighthouse" - a signal formation
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  • A water crossing
    A water crossing
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  • The view from the Visitors' Center
    The view from the Visitors' Center
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Canyon Things to Do

  • Explore MORE of the Canyon

    Elkins Ranch offers you a chance to see quite a bit more of Palo Duro Canyon than you can do in your own vehicle -- or even with a mountain bike or horse unless you are very fit. Numerous jeep tours explore the rim, walls, and floor of the canyon. You can choose what works best for you and your family. The one hour tour includes a waterfall and...

  • Visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park

    I could hardly wait to get to Palo Duro Canyon, but it was close to 8:45 before I paid my entrance fee, collected my map, and set forth into the canyon. The visitors' center wasn't even open yet! The canyon exposes geological formations more than 250 million years old, revealing colorful strata of red claystone, white gypsum and yellow mudstome as...

  • Breakfast of Champions!

    No trip to Canyon is complete without breakfast at the Elkin's Ranch! Located just across the way from Palo Duro State Park, the folks at Elkin's will serve up a generous helping of traditional Texas eats straight from the chuckwagon. But before that, you've got to get to the food. Prepare for a bumpy ride... the food's at the bottom of the canyon...

  • Face to Face

    In this small town, you will see people usually park their cars face to face, while in Guangzhou, because of the limited space I suppose, you have to park the car rear to rear.

  • Cowboy?

    This is the man who was the best adapted to the existing condictions at that time. He has nothing but survival ability. He is not good-looking but able to feed his family. He has no good shape but is good at hunting.

  • PPHM

    Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is the largest museum in Texas. It likes an old man telling you a history of the western world.


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Canyon Warnings and Dangers

  • Wildfires are deadly

    Things to remember about Palo Duro Canyon: The name derives from the hard woods of the trees which grow in some profusion throughout the canyon. But during times of drought, all that wood is an ideal combustible material, and canyons have strange wind patterns which can greatly enhance the speed and ferocity of the burn once a fire gets started. If...

  • Things can get hot in a hurry

    Things to remember about Palo Duro Canyon: In a place with literally hundreds of miles of hiking, biking, and bridle trails, and a climate which begins with "pleasant" and can swiftly become "torrid," it makes sense to pay particular attention to the admonition to carry two quarts of water per person on the trail, and to pack out what you pack in....

  • The bottom of a canyon = flash floods

    Things to keep in mind about Palo Duro Canyon: There are six river crossings on the Park Road. Each one has a flood gauge, indicating the height of the water which is presently flowing over the road (even during drought conditions in May 2011, one of the crossings was under water). DO NOT DRIVE INTO MORE THAN SIX INCHES OF WATER! People get killed...


Canyon Off The Beaten Path

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    by Boozoo Written Oct 4, 2002

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    A few miles east of Canyon is Palo Duro Canyon. As you drive out towards it, you're looking out over what seems to be a vast endless plain... then all of a sudden this huge chasm opens up before you. The state park portion of the canyon is but a small fraction of the whole, but it is plenty! You can simply take the drive down and make the loop around the park or you can stop and and hike to your heart's content. Palo Duro Creek meanders through the canyon floor and is a resource for all kinds of wildlife, from wild turkeys to the occasional bobcat. It's like a whole world all unto itself. If you're up for a long hike, you can even go trekking off in search of the famous lighthouse formation. Bring your camping gear if you're into that! Check the travelogue if you want to see more.

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