Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Troy W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 31, 2018

Palo Duro Canyon State Park + Rock Formations

For most people, it is a long drive to this park. The Palo Euro Canyon State Park is located in the Texas Panhandle. From Central Texas it is a 8-9 hour drive. The long drive is worth it. When you arrive at the park you feel like you’ve arrived to someplace special. The park is a typical Texas State Park with a number of reservable developed campsites with a table, water, electricity and restrooms nearby. There are also some basic sites without water and electricity. And of course there is primitive camping. Since we had a long drive we stayed one of the developed campsites for the first night. For the remaining days we hiked into the canyon and camped primitive. While there is a small creek that runs through the canyon, we did not use the water. There is cattle grazing throughout the park and it is rumored that the creek is both a water hole for the cattle and a toilet. We were planning an in and out hike, so we carried a couple extra gallons of water in, stashed them near a tree, then relocated and used them on the way out. The park has some really cool rock formations, cliffs and orange soil. This weather can by dry and hot in the summer, so early spring and late fall are probably the preferable time to visit.

  • Developed campsite 133
  • Ranger Station at the entrance
  • Roadside entrance to the park
  • Hanging out on a rock overlooking the canyon
  • Overlooking the canyon
  • Bring a gas stove, there is not much readily available firewood within the park.
  • Packing up after a long weekend of backpacking
  • Hanging out on one of the rock walls
SiteHackberry Campground
Month of VisitMay