Palo Duro Canyon

We recently took a few days off and headed to Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo. It is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Texas” and is the second largest canyon in the country. During the summer months, performances of the musical “Texas” are held in the outdoor amphitheater, and there are an abundance of hiking and biking trails throughout the canyon.  The campgrounds and facilities were extremely clean and well maintained and when we arrived, we were surprised to find only one other camper in our campground. We were even more surprised to see it was another vintage Airstream! Unfortunately, they left out early the next morning so we didn’t get to meet them.

“Christmas in The Canyon” was being held that weekend and the first nights event was hot air balloons in the canyon. It was beautiful!

The rest of our time was spent hiking. The first day we hiked 6.73 miles round trip to the iconic Lighthouse rock. It was a beautiful hike and the views did not disappoint! The next day we hiked another 7 miles though the canyon floor and decided next time we will take our bikes. We had a fantastic time and are looking forward to our next visit. It’s a beautiful park…go see it! Happy New Year!

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5 thoughts on “Palo Duro Canyon

  1. Ann

    Steph, Your pictures are stunning! I love seeing that silver trailer tucked in among all the color too! One day we will make that hike. One time it was snowing, and another over 100′. Happy trails to you and Dan!


  2. Seeing the balloons must have been a special treat! Great photos of them. We loved Palo Duro Canyon when we were there last spring. We almost made it to the end of the lighthouse trail but when a rattlesnake was spotted on the trail that was it for me! Happy trails!


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