We got to the campground late Thursday night and were greeted by friendly staff. We were placed in the Fortress Cliff camp area. It was perfect for us, and far from everyone else. We got there right before a huge thunderstorm and were able to watch it go around the edge of the canyon—beautiful! We woke to a beautiful hot day and went on a hike. Friday evening was much busier and although the area we were camping in filled up, we felt secluded. The only downside to our camp area was that there were no bathrooms or showers. The porta-potties were very clean! We went to showers at a nearby camp area, only to be disappointed. The showers were very dirty and hair covered the drains. Something we can get past, but the park should pay more attention to the cleanliness of the bathrooms!
This is a quiet park with easy on/off access to I-40. They honor passport America which brings the price to $14 for full hookups. There are no amenities so this is really for getting a good nights rest after a long day on the road. Plus it’s only 6 miles to The Big Texan restaurant and 15 miles to Cadillac Ranch.
Words can’t describe the beauty of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. This review is for the Hackberry Campground in the park. Sites are well spaced. Park is clean and well maintained. Lots of wildlife walking through the area, deer and turkey. Tons of hiking trails. Am Interpretive Learning Center and Amphitheater are near by. This is the second largest-canyon in the country. You’ll need a car to see everything. We had a great time here! Be advised cell service at the campground is almost non-existent. You are at the base of the canyon. You can pickup tv with an antenna.
We came on a Saturday morning were able to find a sweet single back down road ( which was not the best ) but we were fine in our Subaru , everything else in the area was packed in with campers and boats . Our site was small but we car camped and were great ! Great swim area enclosed by brush making nice private area. Major con is no trees for shade ! Free to camp though !!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.