The Lighthouse

Amarillo, Texas 79111

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Professional Review and Guide

"About 25 miles SE of Amarillo. An easy day hike to a large shale and sandstone pinnacle. Special Attractions: Colorful rock formations."

The Lighthouse Reviews

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8/3/2010
This one is definately an easy hike, the fun stuff doesnt begin until 3 miles into the 6 mile round trip hike. But it's an interesting scenery and good for the entire family, kids to grandma...the only complaint i have are the horse flies, they wouldn't leave me alone i was constantly trying to keep them away...
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9/1/2008
This is a good day hike. The trail is easy to moderate and well maintained. The various views which appear on your way to Lighthouse Rock and back are beautiful. There are several rock formations of interest and dry beds for exploration. The trail is well maintained and park rangers patrol the trail regularly; taking care of hikers of all skill levels. This trail will serve as an excellent introduction to hiking for the beginning hiker.
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5/1/2007
Took the hike on a cool late spring morning. Palo Duro itself is gorgeous, some of most varied colors/layers of rock. Unfortunately its a small statepark, I truly believe the scenery exceeds several national parks/monuments. Considering there seems to be more and more development encroaching on the canyon rim, I hope more is invested at somepoint(the canyon extends far beyond the park) to preserve this natural wonder.
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9/30/2006
This is a very beautiful area. I was hiking in the afternoon and it was very hot. Needed almost a gallon water for th 6-mile-hike. It's probably better to leave in the early morning or in the late afternoon. The terrain is pretty even. Just the the end is getting steeper.
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3/21/2006
Enjoyable hike in a beautiful canyon. Fairly easy with just a short steep section at the very end. Definitely not for hot weather - there is no shade or water. The scenery is great.
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5/13/2003
This is a great trail through an absolutely beautiful canyon. The views are great, and the traffic is low. If you want to go on a great hike, and get out of the Texas Panhandle wind, this is the trip fo you. If you are so inclined, hike one day, camp that night and bike it the following morning. You won't be disappointed!
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Trail Information

Amarillo
Nearby City
6
Distance
430 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Fall through Spring.
Season
Palo Duro Canyon State Park 806-488-2227
Local Contacts
Palo Canyon State Park Map, Fortress Cliff USGS
Local Maps