Givins, Spicer and Lowry Trail

Canyon, Texas

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Palo is the Spanish word for “stick” and duro means “hard,” thus Palo Duro Canyon was named in reference to the juniper, an evergreen of particular density, which grows throughout the canyon. It is a relatively mundane name for such a remarkable place, a canyon that embodies much of Texas history and the story of the Panhandle Plains. But a hike through the contorted rock along the Givens, Spicer & Lowry Trail suggests a more compelling and ancient history, in fact, the embodiment of prehistory itself. The oldest sedimentary rock exposed in Palo Duro Canyon is from the Permian Period around 230 million years ago. It is what paleontologists refer to as “unfossiliferous” or absent of fossils.

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"Palo is the Spanish word for “stick” and duro means “hard,” thus Palo Duro Canyon was named in reference to the juniper, an evergreen of particular density, which grows throughout the canyon. It is a relatively mundane name for such a remarkable place, a canyon that embodies much of Texas history and the story of the Panhandle Plains.

But a hike through the contorted rock along the Givens, Spicer & Lowry Trail suggests a more compelling and ancient history, in fact, the embodiment of prehistory itself. The oldest sedimentary rock exposed in Palo Duro Canyon is from the Permian Period around 230 million years ago. It is what paleontologists refer to as “unfossiliferous” or absent of fossils."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Canyon
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best in Spring
Local Contacts: Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Local Maps: USGS Fortress Cliff
Driving Directions: Directions to Givins, Spicer & Lowry Trail

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