Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Palo Duro Canyon is one of the best Amarillo attractions for people who enjoy nature and the outdoors. This state park is only 24 miles from Amarillo, making it an easy day trip. Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the US. You can reserve a camping spot and stay overnight. They also have a few cabins to rent. These rustic cabins allow you to get a feel for life in the canyon in the old days. You can also park an RV for an overnight stay. If you are more interested in Glamping, try the Doves Rest Cabins. Some must-see sights of Palo Duro Canyon include the Canyon Gallery, Zipline Adventure Park, and TEXAS, the Musical. Palo Duro Canyon State Park has tons of great hiking and backpacking trail options. They also have plenty of biking trails. Take a drive along the 16 miles of the paved road if you are short on time.
Palo Duro Canyon is a canyon system of the Caprock Escarpment located in the Texas Panhandle near the cities of Amarillo and Canyon. As the second-largest canyon in the United States, it is roughly 120 mi (190 km) long and has an average width of 6 mi (9.7 km), but reaches a width of 20 mi (32 km) at places. Its depth is around 820 ft (250 m), but in some locations, it increases to 1,000 ft (300 m). Palo Duro Canyon (from the Spanish meaning “hard stick”) has been named “The Grand Canyon of Texas” both for its size and for its dramatic geological features, including the multicolored layers of rock and steep mesa walls, which are similar to those in the Grand Canyon. It is part of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. 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.
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 TEXAS Outdoor Musical. Choose from campsites with water and electricity, tent sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas. Stay in one of three cabins on the canyon’s rim or four Cow Camp cabins on the canyon floor. Rent one of our pavilions for a wedding, reunion or meeting. New to Palo Duro Canyon: Glamping (luxury camping)! Each glamping site is fully furnished with air conditioning, luxury rustic furnishings, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, games, bicycles, gas grills and gas fire pits, covered porches with rockers, porch swings, and much more. More information on glamping at Palo Duro Canyon. 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 due to wet weather or poor conditions. Contact the park, or check our Facebook page, for trail status. 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.