Fall Road Trips
Palo Duro Canyon - It’s fall in Texas and you don’t have to drive all the way across the state to see autumn colors. The glorious golden cottonwoods of Palo Duro Canyon are a short road trip away. The soothing sounds of the leaves of a cottonwood, rustling in the breeze, is true therapy for a tired soul.
If you’ve never been to Palo Duro (The Grand Canyon of Texas) you’re in for a ginormous treat. Over 29,000 acres that is claimed to be the second largest canyon in the United States.
Put your cowboy boots away and put on your hiking shoes. The park has approximately thirty miles of hiking trails. If your idea of a fun day involves two wheels, the park offers road biking and mountain biking. There’s abundant wildlife for the photography addicts. Educational programs are also available
Throw your tent in the trunk or hook up to your camper and spend the night on the canyon rim. Have a sing along and make S’Mores with other campers at a fire pit. The park also has RV hookups.
Visitors may bring their own horses and camp in the equestrian camp areas, with pens for the horses. The riding stable provides horses for guided tours.
If your idea of camping is looking at the view from a comfortable bed, the park has rustic cabins for as little as $60/night plus tax and park entrance fees.
For the adventurous road-trippers, the NEW Palo Duro Zip Line offers thrills for the whole family.
Enjoy daytime zipping (weekends only, in the fall) from 10:00-6:00. For the insomniacs, there are moonlight zip rides on nights when there is a full moon. And for the nights when there is no moon, they offer stargazer zip rides. All night rides are 10:00 pm - midnight. They also have rappelling and bouldering.
The interpretive center and gift shop with history, geology and wildlife exhibits is open daily during park hours 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park entrance fee is just $5.00. Children 12 and under are free. Check out the website for discounts and coupon information. Call for reservations.
Pets are allowed in the park, on a leash. Restrooms and showers are on site. Dress accordingly. It can get chilly in the canyon or it can get hot. After all….this is Texas.
This will be one of your most memorable road trips, yet!
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 11450 Park Road 5, Canyon, Texas 79015
By: Jayme Stewart