Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Grand Canyon of Texas
The second largest canyon in the country lies in the heart of the Texas Panhandle. Visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park; experience the canyon's rugged beauty and enjoy its colorful history.
Things to Do
Explore the canyon by foot, mountain bike, horse or car. We have more than 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Camp, geocache, study nature or bird watch. During the summer, enjoy a performance of the outdoor musical drama TEXAS.
Choose from campsites with water and electricity, primitive drive-up sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas. Stay in one of three cabins on the canyon’s rim or four limited service cabins on the canyon floor. Rent our new pavilion for a wedding, reunion or meeting.
Stop by the Visitor Center on the canyon rim to learn more about the park. The park store at the Visitor Center sells books, pottery, jewelry and more. Look for souvenirs, snacks and meals at The Trading Post on the canyon floor.
Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map. Trails and backpack campsites may close during wet weather.
Ride on trails through 1,500 acres set aside for horseback riding. You can also share two other trails with hikers and mountain bikers.
- Bring your own horses (original Coggins papers required). Park your trailer at the equestrian campground. Bring a water bucket for your horse.
- Take a guided tour. Old West Stables on the canyon floor leads tours for the whole family to Timber Creek Canyon. They also offer souvenirs and a snack bar. Reservations required; call (806) 488-2180.
TEXAS, an outdoor musical drama
TEXAS runs Tuesdays through Sundays in the summer at the Pioneer Amphitheater in the park. Watch the stories, struggles and triumphs of early settlers. The family-friendly show has singing, dancing, fireworks and lots of Texas humor!
Come early for a barbecue dinner on our covered patio.
For tickets, call the box office at (806) 655-2181 or visit the TEXAS website.
We offer programs on the park’s history and natural features. Learn about birds or Longhorn cattle, or take a driving tour with a park ranger. Visit our Events page for upcoming programs. Call the park to schedule a group program.
Civilian Conservation Corps: Workers with the CCC built Palo Duro Canyon State Park more than 70 years ago. Learn more on our History page.
- Interpretive Guide to Palo Duro Canyon
- Birds of Palo Duro Canyon State Park: A Field Checklist
- Palo Duro Canyon Junior Naturalist Program
- Destination: Palo Duro Canyon (Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine)
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