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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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! 👍🏽
Juniper site 113, full hook ups, right across from bathrooms/showers which are well kept and nice! Cell service is sketchy— tv reception got a few digital channels. Fire pit/grill combo, covered picnic table. Lots of hiking trails. Well spaced sites with privacy.
At this campground it seems like the park itself was first in mind then the actual camping options. While the space is pretty vast there is little to no shade and the electrical connection boxes look pretty wonky. Some of the sites look like they pretty much are on top of one another and there isn't really a lot of room to spread out. Picnic tables and fire rings are absent from the individual sites and it seemed more of a place just to stop than a place to really enjoy.
The park itself was pretty nice, large pavilion, basketball courts, walking trail with a lake and playground. It was kind of sad to think that the campground just seemed disjointed from the attention to detail.
Then there was the proximity to the stadium which is just behind the campground. I couldn't imagine pulling into this site on a Friday and then having the noise of the stadium right there along with all the extra traffic and parking which finds its way into the lot you are calling a place to stay. There is no division from this.
This site is by far more designed for RV traffic even though it does have a sign saying tents can stay there as well. I wouldn't want to try to do so however because it doesn't seem like it would be anything near what I personally like or expect from a tent site.
- If you are in a larger rig. you will want to use one of the sites closer to the stadium that area a bit longer. Closer to the water the sites appear shorter and like van sites.
- Check the football schedule before dropping in on a Friday otherwise you might be quite disappointed.
- Get a discount for camping on a weekday when it is only $15 a night as opposed to $20.
Unexpected beautiful canyon in northern Texas! Beautiful views and clean, well maintained tent sites! Many trails walking distance from your camp and shared water spigots near sites. Come for the canyon and stay for Texas the musical! That exceeded my expectations too!
My husband and i were here in late august,2018 and the flies and bugs were so awful we could do nothing outside at our campsite. The tent campsite was poor compared to others. The bathrooms were horrible, no hot water in the shower, no water pressure, and simply nasty, not sure when they had been cleaned. The views are amazing and the hike we completed was challenging due to the heat (108). We recommend coming in spring or late fall.
Palo Duro Canyon reminds me a lot of Southern Utah with it's mountain biking and hiking trails. It’s a 20 minute drive from Amarillo, Texas.
We did the hike to the Lighthouse and it was a great hike for experienced more experienced hikers. This park is a real gem that deserves more than the one day we spent here.
During this trip, we stayed the night in the park at mesquite campground and it was a great spot. Nice nights stay despite the heat. Dogs are welcome and allowed on all trails with leash.
You’ll be amazed at the beauty this canyon offers. It gives you a variety of trials and camping areas.
We had a wonderful experience here back in April 2018. You can look up from most campsites and see the cliffs. Trails to walk around and an awesome gift shop with fountain drinks and plenty of snacks. The turkeys were walking around the campsites. Our camp host rode around talking to all campers on his jeep. People talked to one another in the mornings and evenings. I give credit to our park host for telling us all the info we needed to know and creating a safe atmosphere. Great place for Hiking, Biking, and Equestrian events.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Amarillo Texas boosts where the Comanche Indians lived Where Coronado traveled and where John Goodnight brought in Cattle …full of history and great views, Including Observation Point Los Cedros Ranch and ofcourse the famous play "TEXAS"..a must see for history buffs. Plenty of campsites and you can call ahead for reservations Check out their web site..you won't be sorry!
this state park is very strict about public consumption of alcohol. hiking here is amazing! bring lots of water, lots of water! you are in the desert, the days are extremely hot. the lighthouse and rock garden hike are musts. rock garden is a hike up and ends with beautiful views. the lighthouse is easier until the end, then gets a little strenuous. nights in the park are cool and beautiful. there are cabins available to rent, but reserve them FAR in advance. the breakfast sandwich in the park restaurant are delicious. campsites are close together, unless you are camping in primitive sites.
Myself and 3 friends took a backpacking/camping road trip. We are from Houston to Utah, so Palo Duro was a good halfway point. The views are spectacular, we didn’t have time to do any hiking. All of the hikes don’t seem to be very long, but considering how hot it gets in Texas, maybe this is a good thing. The first camp ground we stayed in was called fortress cliff, I wasn’t super impressed with this camp ground, but don’t be discouraged, because they do have campsites with great views. They were working on the showers during our stay, so we couldn’t shower while we were there. Also we couldn’t find a place to do dishes which was annoying, but that seems to be a hit or miss with a lot of parks. On our way back we stayed in the cow cabins, we were too beat from our trip to set up camp anymore. These historical cabins were sooooo cute with a great view. The amenities were meek at cow cabins, but for $60 bucks split 4 ways it was totally worth it. Note that cow cabin doesn’t have, bathrooms, kitchen, bed linens, it does however have a/c, beds, electricity, small fridge, microwave, table and chairs indoor fire place, outdoor picnic table, outside fire pit/grill ( ask if burn ban is in effect) and outdoor water faucet. We had cabin 4, the ranger told us we had the best cabin out of the cow cabins. We drove past mesquite camp ground and this spot looks super legit, we were very jealous and wished the first night we camped was at this camp ground. Not only are the camp sites more spaced out here, but they are closer to the bathrooms and have great views. The photo is of mesquite camp ground.
Our primitive campsite was a dream! It had a covered picnic table which actually was much appreciated in the Texas heat & in the spontaneous Texas thunderstorms. There were no trees at our site, so we hung hammocks from the posts of the pavilion. The ground was a little uneven, but the tent was still stable. Watch out though; that red Palo Duro dirt will get on everything! The park itself is amazingggg. We drove ten hours just to come for two days & it was 100% worth it. Going in July though meant that the weather was insanely hot. When the storm hit, we were grateful for the lower temperature! The Lighthouse trail was long & so so hot, but getting to see the rock formations was incredible. This place compares to any national park!
Palo Duro Canyon is just amazing! We have been 3 times, as it is one of our stopping points on our Texas and Colorado trek. Seeing the canyon is such a treat! Be sure to ask about the best spots to take pictures at sunset.
If you go in the Summer, expect it to be HOT, and always have water with you. The drive down to the campsites has lots of switchbacks, but we have successfully navigated it with our RV in tow. MANY opportunities for hiking, climbing, biking and just walking around. The rock formations are just wonderful, and if you are a photographer, you will love this park.
The Texas Show is a MUST- at least once in your life!!
This place is really pretty and pricey. We were harassed by law enforcement. We were profiled and the harassed, it was the worst cops spent five hours trying to find something we did wrong. Only leaving us in the dark with out a fire built and dinner still in the cooler. Will never return
The famous Lighthouse trail was great first thing when the park opens & before it becomes too crowded with park visitors. It’s an easy trek to the end of the trail and back, with a shaded area for a snack and water break. Driving through the park is breathtaking with the colors of the canyons and landscape. We did a challenging trail, which only had one other couple, and it was beautiful to walk along the ridge of the canyon and see more of the park.
I went last summer and the campsites were nice with a covered area, tent site, table, and firepit. However, there was no controlling the noise of nearby campers. Quiet time wasn't enforced and there wasn't a number to call to get someone out there, so there was a group partying loudly until midnight. Made it incredibly difficult to sleep.