Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, TEXAS
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One of the best spots in Texas!

Nestled down in the Canyon are several campgrounds. If you can, I suggest getting a spot in the Mesquite campground. It’s the newest camping area and it’s been thoughtfully designed with plenty of room between you and your neighbors and beautiful scenes. We have found the older camp sites are a bit crowded together and don’t over the same vistas.

The bathrooms are clean and offer showers. Because this park is popular, there can sometimes be a line.

Palo Duro offers lots of hiking, horseback riding, zip lines and bike trails.

It is prone to flash floods. So plan accordingly.

Breathtaking place

There were sooo many stars. People were turning their lights off and just looking at the starts. Very pretty. Especially when the coyotes starting talking back and forth. We hiked the plateaus behind our site and that was fun. Water and electric (30a) was available. Very level dirt site. Picnic table and shelter at every site. Pretty cool. Fire ring, but fires were banned when we were there. Full sun and very windy, but not horrible. Miltiple dump stations and trash dumpsters. Hairpin turns and 10% grade going in and out of the campground area. Long rigs could really have issues. We’re a Class B so it wasn’t bad at all. No Verizon coverage, but Sprint could text only

We got in late. Beautiful sunrise.

We had to do late check in but were able to select a more secluded site in Wolfberry to set up camp. There was a fire ban due to the heat in the area but it was okay since we pretty much just needed a place to rest for the evening before heading further north. The next morning we checked out the sights but were unable to actually do any trails. Some seemed a little difficult for our young children. The park was well maintained and the park employees were very helpful.

North Texas Must See

Wow, this place is incredible! It’s a state park but could easily qualify as a National Park based on the natural beauty and park programs. This is a major state park with hundreds of camping sites for all levels of camping from large RVs to simple tent campers. The canyon is huge on covers hundreds square miles. It’s about a one day drive from Austin and located near Amarillo in the Texas Plains. This area can get very cold in the winter and extremely hot in the summer. The campgrounds are down in the canyon which is normally hotter. We visited in July on the way back from Colorado. It was 93 degrees at 10pm at night. So tent campers need to plan carefully. They have some of the Best facilities for a state park. The amphitheater is very popular and puts on great programs. We canyons are breathtaking and the red variations of the canyon walls are fantastic for artists and photographers alike. The visitors center staff were very helpful and were able to accommodate a couple of special request. They are open until 9pm which is great. The restrooms and other facilities are some of the best we have experienced. The hiking trails here are a highlight and popular for hiking and mountain biking. We saw eagles and roadrunners during our stay. The area has some interesting history and worth learning more. I would highly recommend for those looking for a campsite in Northern Texas near Amarillo. This has to be one of the best Texas State Parks on our list.

Big Texan RV Ranch, Amarillo, TX

We searched and searched for a good campsite that had restrooms and showers. How happy we were to find the Big Texan RV Ranch! Not only good restrooms and showers, but an indoor pool, hot tub, 3 enclosed dog parks, very friendly desk staff and folks that escort you to your site. Do call ahead to let them know you are coming, as they fill up. The price for full hookups, with our Good Sam discount was $36 a night.

Met our needs for a night

Decent reviews brought us here for a single night on a trip across Route 66. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The park itself looks a bit dated and appears to have been built on the remnant of an old neighborhood or mobile home park - this means a lot of concrete and not much vegetation or natural beauty. The children enjoyed the pool and we enjoyed ample water pressure at each site though - it met our needs for sure, but just wasn’t a 5 star stop.

Very cool

It has wonderful bathrooms and showers. Full hookups work great. Nice gift shop and convenient for town and the Ranch. The elderly owner was very helpful.

Camping/ hiking

Amazing camp ground, wonderful hikes get out and explore the canyon and find some hidden gems like a slot canyon!


Great camping. Absolutely beautiful place. Was pretty empty when I was here. Great hiking and perfect sunsets. Would stay again.

Beautiful, nice sites, peaceful

A true gem of a park in Texas. Hard to reserve sites, but worth planning for. HOT in the summer.

Free for the night

Has electric hookups, potable water,dump station and a play ground all free. One night only stay limit but it's an easy in and out. Trains going through all night and we smelled the cattle yards.

Update on previous review.

As i mentioned the parking spots are too close together. They parked a small RV in the slot next to me. Our front doors were to face each other but not enough space to have the awning out. I complained and was told the park was full and they had no choice. However this morning there were at least 6 empty slots they could have parked them in. I would not recommend this park. The office staff was nice and even came by camp site knowing i was upset but nothing was changed. Poor over-site by owners.

RV Park

Nice park old and a little run down. Office staff was nice and friendly. Parking spots are level not paved. Very close together but as long as the close spots are not filled want be bad. Will update as park fills up.

Gorgeous Park

This Canyon Park is amazing and has both RV and Regular camping available. It has nice restrooms/showering facilities. It’s great for hiking and biking. Pets are welcome but the terrain may be a bit rough and too hot for them. Flash flooding is possible during rainy periods. Overall, this is a great park with fun activities like horseback riding, zip lining, Texas Show at natural outdoor amphitheater, nice store in the park.


The land scape is gorgeous

Good campground near Big Texan

Stayed here one night. Great indoor pool with sauna and hot tub. Fenced areas for three separate dog parks. Good level sites. Will stay here again.

windy but beautiful views

I stayed here in college back in 2013 during a class trip to Palo Duro and absolutely enjoyed it. Great hiking trails. The place we camped was nice. It was a group campground, but the only bad thing that happened during the trip was the wind picked up at night and nearly blew a few of our tents away. Some people couldn't sleep in their tents any longer and moved to our group van we drove out to Palo Duro. The next morning, the wind had died down, and I took a little morning hike to enjoy the sunrise. Definitely a great time. My friends and I used a Dutch oven to make some apple pie at the campground.

Great Park to stop for the night

We were driving through Amarillo when we saw a billboard advertising this RV park.  We had no trouble getting a campsite without notice.  The staff were very friendly and helpful.

We stopped mainly for the indoor pool.  However they also offer Limo Rides to the Big Texan Restaurant where you can order a massive steak.  They also have a playground for kids.

The sites were on concrete and did not have any shade where we were.

Mother Nature at her best!!

First let me just say, it’s hard to believe this gem is still hidden. The view of the lake is breathtaking, I love going in the Spring and fall. Between the deer and the birds it’s something to see and experience. Now the breezes do kick up but this is in the highlands and it’s to be expected. They have potable water and showers. The staff are really friendly and the rangers patrol regularly. Yes it’s free there’s a 14 day limit and you’ll be close to town for supplies. You will love it!!

All around beautiful

Spent 2 nights and 3 days in the canyon with my dog. It was during the week and I wasn’t allowed to do a two night and had to move camp sites which was annoying and why I took off a star. Besides that great stay and great hikes with scenic views.

Beautiful State Park

We stayed here for 2 nights in early May 2019. We stayed in the Hackberry campground. The park was completely full, and we grabbed the last spot 30 ft spot available. This park is beautiful, and I can see where it gets it name “ The Grand Canyon of Texas”. They had some rain recently when we there so everything was green and beautiful against the canyon walls. We didn’t have much time since we were only able to stay two nights, but I feel we were able to explore enough in those two days. I would recommend doing to the hike to Lighthouse Rock. 2.7 miles one-way and then when you get there, it’s about another .4 hike up to the area where you can see it. I would also recommend you go to the Big Cave. Very short walk for that and neat. The park has a 10% grade and all campgrounds are at the bottom of the canyon. We had no trouble in our 30 ft travel trailer with our Ram 2500. The visitor center had a disappointing selection of souvenirs but go there for the view. We stayed on site #2 in Hackberry which was 30 ft long. We had no trouble getting in and had enough room to park the truck in front of the trailer (at an angle). Site was level as well. We had no cell service at all without a booster. With a booster, we had no Verizon, but enough AT&T to use internet. We were even able to stream Game of Thrones one evening. The park was quiet at night. I would have liked to have stayed maybe one more night to explore more, but two days worked for us. Nothing around the park as far as services, so bring what you need. There is a store at the park that has a few essentials at a high cost. Overall, I was a great stay and we would stay again. $24 price reflects camping only. There is also a $8/person day use fee if you do not have a Texas State Park pass.

Airports, Trains and Route 66

The KOA there was pretty nice, though we noticed that it was next to the Airport and not far from the train tracks. So we heard train whistles all night. It was nice and warm in the area. Sunshine and warmth was very nice. We spent 2 nights, so had a day to explore and did we explore.

We went to Route 66 about 6 blocks long and had a lot of Antique Stores and art stores and restaurants. Here are a few photos.

We stopped for lunch at Smokey Joe's on Route 66 in Amarillo for lunch and I have to say service was horrible and food was just not very good. We got menus and they took our order right away. We sat and sat and the folks that came in about 5 minutes after us got their fried pickles, which we also ordered, but we sat. 2 waitresses went by at least twice including ours. Don put his beer bottle out but nothing. Finally after 20 minutes and everyone else eating who came it after us, I got a hold of our waitress and she asked did we need anything - Ya food. She said she would check then the other waitress stopped by and asked. Our waitress came back and said that they changed paper in their machine and our order got lost. So we waited. Had cold Fired pickles and the hamburger Don and I ordered was dry and not very tasty for what they said was on it - Bacon, Onion straws, cheese etc, they did take off the cost of the hamburger but sure wouldn't go back. There was a Mexican restaurant across the street we will try if we come back that way.

We were glad that we were in a trailer as the Antique Stores were very good and Don said he would have taken a few things home if we had a place for them.

Clean and kept up. Great price and tons of hiking trails.

The bathrooms and camping grounds were clean and tidy. I usually find trash on the ground but our site here was trash free. The hiking trails are wonderful. Saw wild turkey and a fox. I reccomend going in spring. Not too hot and flowers are in bloom. This was our first stop on our roadtrip from Dallas to the grand canyon. We plan to return with friends.

Free Limo to Big Texan

It’s a KOA, which sums it up pretty well. They have the basics: clean restroom and shower, pool, playground, small store and gift shop. But, they insist on putting everyone very close together. They have plenty of space, room for lots of camping and RVs. When we were there they were only 1/4 full, and we were all in one row, so close together we couldn’t open our canopy. One good thing about that was lots of room for the dogs to run. The best thing, however, was free limousine rides to The Big Texan Steakhouse! Sure, it’s a tourist trap, but the steak was great, and how often do you get to ride in a limo with longhorns?


Truest one of the best State Parks in the Nation. Lots of hiking and the views are spectacular.

October Paradise

October was perfect time to stay here. Temp’s were comfortable. Beautiful canyon, colors are unbelievable. Really enjoyed this State Park. Will visit again!

Free, Beautiful, and WARM!

This campground, located on the bluff overlooking the dam and a large part of Lake Meredith, offers about 10 traditional RV sites with water and electric. There are also plenty of tent sites, each with a covered picnic pavillion. There is a sanitary dump, the bathrooms were very clean and are family-style (single use with toilet, sink, and shower). The water was hot with good pressure. The best part…this campground is FREE (unless you need hook-ups)!

The nearby boat launch is just down the hill, with a huge parking lot (our guess is that the lake gets busy in summer). The area offers some great fishing and water sport opportunities. There are a few hiking and mountain biking trails, though more seemed to be on the less developed, western shore of the lake.

The town of Fritch is less than 4 miles away with a few restaurants, a small grocery store, and gas stations. Be sure to check the Alibates Flint National Monument, just 10 miles south of town. It is worth a stop!

Tucked away from it all

Tucked into a low valley on the eastern shore of Lake Meredith, this campground offers tons of space for tent and small RV campers, with just a few sites that can accommodate a larger RV. There are several vault toilets and trash receptacles, but no drinking water – so plan accordingly. Sites are FREE and first-come, first-served.

The nearby boat launch is just down the hill, with a huge parking lot (our guess is that the lake gets BUSY in summer), offering some great fishing and water sport opportunities. There were a few hiking and mountain biking trails, more seemed to be on the less developed, western shore of the lake. 

The town of Fritch is less than 3 miles away with a few restaurants and a small grocery store and gas stations. Be sure to check the Alibates National Monument, just 10 miles south of town. It is super cool!

Free, free, and free!

This campground is located on an impressive peninsula sticking out into Lake Meredith and probably has the best location to view the sunset on the entire reservoir. The small campground has about a dozen sites, all first-come, first-served. None of these are good for RVs longer than 15 feet, but ours and our only other neighbor (in a van) fit just fine. 

The bathrooms were very clean and are family-style, single use with toilet, sink and shower. The water was hot with good pressure. Did I mention this campground and showers are FREE?

The nearby boat launch is just down the hill, with a huge parking lot (our guess is that the lake gets BUSY in summer) offering some great fishing and water sport opportunities. There were a few hiking and mountain biking trails,though more seemed to be on the less developed, western shore of the lake. 

The town of Fritch is less than 4 miles away with a few restaurants and a small grocery store and gas stations. Be sure to check the Alibates National Monument, just 10 miles south of town. A very cool, little known spot.

Amarillo KOA

We have stayed here two or three times and the best part is how clean everything is. I always want to stay longer. It’s quiet at night and the stars really are big and bright!!! I will always try to stop here if I’m traveling through we’ve never been disappointed. They have pull throughs, cabins and tent sites! 👍🏽