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.
Mesquite Campground 88
Came to Palo Duro several times as a kid and young adult. Probably almost 20 years since my last visit. Plenty is still the same, but lots of updates, too. Well maintained.
Currently they are limiting access, so be sure to make sure you have reservations or check that the COVID restrictions are listed. There is a fire ban at this time, too, but propane stoves and grills are allowed.
We stayed in the Mesquite Camprground. Nice pad sites, each with a picnic table under a roof. Sites also have electricity and water. Restroom and shower facilities. We didn’t have hot water for the shower, but the facility was clean. Our spot was the far end from the restrooms, but it was an easy walk. Sites are well spaced with decent privacy. Spot number 88 was great, with picturesque views.
Very quiet. Well nature had a symphony going on, but no manmade noise.
Mesquite campground is on the far end of the park and the drive in is great. Plenty to see and tons of trails. Very dark and we hear the star gazing is remarkable from this campground. Unfortunately for us, the night was partly cloudy and hazy from the western fires. I’ll take the haze over the fires, though, so no complaints and prayers for those really affected by the fires.
Nice gift shop and interpretive center (bit dated, but its not like the info is outdated). Trading post offeres groceries, gasoline and firewood(when not banned) according to their sign. We didn’t stop.
No Verizon service in the canyon, but good data at park entrance and free guest wifi near the entrance and visitor center.
Great experience. Would definitely recommend and will return.
We stayed here for one night to do a little hiking and mountain bike riding. Lots of fun trails. Beautiful rock formations and caves to explore. Dogs are welcome on leashes any were outside in the park. We stayed in Juniper Campground spot 103. It was a pull through site. All of the sights are spacious and have fire rings along with covered picnic tables. It gets super hot in the summer so spring and fall temperatures may be better. Bring lots of water. I’m definitely going to be coming back soon and often. I didn’t use the facilities but they looked new and spacious from the outside and we heard they were good.
Channels are well maintained and marked. Great viewsAnd challenging
We camped one night here on our way to Colorado over Labor Day weekend and I’m SO glad we did! We stayed at the tent only campground, Cactus Camp, and it was perfect - short walk or quick drive to the Mesquite camp bathrooms & showers. It was hot during the day of course but for the beginning of September, it was surprisingly cool and comfortable at night! The stars at night, were big and bright… We hiked Rock Garden just before sunset and woke up at 5:30am to hike the Lighthouse Trail for sunrise (highly recommend getting an early start for coolers temps and an awesome sunrise at the lighthouse!). If you’re visiting Texas or have lived here your whole life, this is a bucket list state park! Go ahead and add it to yours :)
The scenery in this park is outstanding. Staff is friendly and helpful. Bathrooms are clean and well maintained. Definitely a ‘must see’ campground.
We stayed at fortress cliff campsite at the park. We got there after hours, and it was confusing to navigate the park at night. We did not have phone service at all. Our campsite did not have bathrooms or showers, although we were just a short drive away from them. The bathrooms and showers were fine, although not super clean. Our campsite had a little shelter and picnic table. Although basic, we felt safe and was a good place to rest our heads
I came here to visit the cantons and was not disappointed! I ended up taking the trails to the Lighthouse and the views were spectacular. The folks at the end of the bike were there with extra water and cold towels to cool off . Great place!
Hidden south of Amarillo is this lovely canyon that few know about! It is second in size only to the Grand Canyon and is very unlike the plains above it. Nice campsites, shower/toilet facilities a bit old and buggy as Hackberry is an older part of the park. Wolfberry and Juniper campgrounds in the park have newer, beautiful facilities. Sites are a nice size and there are a lot of trees between them. Lots to see and do if you're into nature and hiking and bird watching. Also saw wild turkey and a yellow snake. Rock formations and cliffs are awesome. June was very hot.
The sites are spacious and you’re surrounded by so much beauty you feel like your boondocking even though you have water and electric hookups!
This was my favorite park traveling through Texas. The canyons are beautiful ,the hiking trails are extremely good, you could mountain bike also. Easy to take good pictures over here, OK it’s hot but for sure I will be coming back here.Great RV sited. June 24 to 27. 2020