Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Canyon, Texas

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As you travel the panhandle of Texas, the horizons seem limitless and cotton fields surround you in every direction. However, as you approach the entrance of this popular park, the firsttime visitor will be pleasantly surprised, if not a little awestruck, by the massive canyon that opens up before you here. Stretching 120 miles and up to 800 feet deep, this geological marvel was formed by the seemingly peaceful Prairie Dog Town fork of the Red River, which crosses the park road at six different places and provides nice wading spots and even a mud bath or two for visitors. At most times of the year, you can cross safely on foot or by car, but a quick look at the flood gauge and the amount of sand piled up by a park bulldozer is a reminder that water is a powerful and dangerous force to be respected.

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"As you travel the panhandle of Texas, the horizons seem limitless and cotton fields surround you in every direction. However, as you approach the entrance of this popular park, the firsttime visitor will be pleasantly surprised, if not a little awestruck, by the massive canyon that opens up before you here. Stretching 120 miles and up to 800 feet deep, this geological marvel was formed by the seemingly peaceful Prairie Dog Town fork of the Red River, which crosses the park road at six different places and provides nice wading spots and even a mud bath or two for visitors.

At most times of the year, you can cross safely on foot or by car, but a quick look at the flood gauge and the amount of sand piled up by a park bulldozer is a reminder that water is a powerful and dangerous force to be respected."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Canyon
Campsites: 24 sites
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.
Driving Directions: Directions to Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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May 2018