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.
With Palo Duro Canyon camping you can 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.
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.
We have always talked about going on this trip and finally went. We stayed in spot 125 of Sagebrush Campground. All the sites were nice, clean and had gorgeous views. The weather was fairly mild but cool. Our RV water froze up twice in the five days we were here but we kind of expected it…., it is January. We didn’t realize until we checked in that one half of the park was closed due to a several week hunting period. But the upper half of the canyon that we explored all week was breathtaking. If you love beautiful scenery this park is a must see destination.
Stayed here for a few days in our van again with my wife on our 25th wedding anniversary trip! Beautiful! Had a great time and made some fantastic memories!
Nice. Bathroom could be cleaner. Deer in campground.
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!
We stayed a cabin for one night and loved it!! The views are amazing!
Beautiful canyon. We loved riding our motorcycles through. Camp ground is great make sure and get reservations during the peak time.
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.