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.

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.

Horseback riding 

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.

Volunteer

We need you! Visit our Volunteer page and search by zip code (79015) to see how you can help.

Ranger Programs

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.

Attractions

First Day Hike at this park on January 1, 2015

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

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 is a serious danger. Please monitor water levels while you are here. If the water rises past 6 inches on the gauges at any 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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