Monday, April 16, 2012

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

We’ll be spending about six days here at Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Our site

Palo Duro Canyon State Park officially opened on July 4, 1934. The canyon is 120 miles long and 800 feet deep.

The drive from the park entry to the campground is pretty steep. Mark told me it is one mile at a 10% grade. The road goes across five low water crossings. There had been some rain here the day before we arrived and one of the crossings still had some water on it.

Palo Duro is Spanish for hard wood in reference to the Rocky Mountain juniper trees found in the canyon.

We’re camped at the bottom of the canyon looking out at the canyon walls.

This is the scene out our, very dirty, back window:

This photo was also taken out the back window:

This is the view from the front:

This is the first time we've camped at Palo Duro Canyon. It's a beautiful Park. I'll have many more pictures so keep checking.

Sunset over the canyon.


  1. It's turkey season in Texas! -Rick

  2. These guys would make for an easy turkey dinner. I think that they'd eat right out of your hand if you offered them food!


  3. I like your colorful friend up top. Who is he?

    Linda Clifton

  4. Hi Linda - It's either called a Collared Lizard or an Eastern Collard Lizard. Stay tuned for more photos and information on this guy!