3 Parks near Canyon, Texas
Apr 2015 - $1.00
We pulled through this place because it's on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon. Only one RV was there in a Huge flat, level lot on the canyon rim. Office was locked with no way to contact anyone even though it was a Wednesday afternoon. As I said, no one was camped there either. Access to bathrooms/showers was blocked by litter and garbage, and some sort of tower under construction, probably for a zip-line. This place appears to be out of business as a campground. - Lost
Mar 2014 - $15.00
We wound up at this campground after being evacuated from Palo Duro Canyon State Park because of an uncontained grass fire. The owners were very friendly and helpful and kept the office open late to accommodate us refugees from the State Park. It was nine at night but a young man offered to guide us to our site and make sure we got hooked up all right. I did not find the park to be the horror the previous poster claimed. I did not use the restrooms, and I did not see garbage piled up. We did see some broken sewer caps. The office building is run down, but we felt it more important that we were treated kindly and were not taken advantage of in a difficult situation. Bottom line is that the place is in need of some upgrades and maintenance, but it was quiet, and we would not hesitate to stay here again. The grounds were easy to maneuver in our 37' fifth wheel, and we had a great Verizon cell signal. We got a discounted fee I assume because of the late arrival and short stay. - bgbassman
Sep 2013 - $25.00
We ended up here for one night after heavy rain closed campground access at Palo Duro State Park. This place is next door to the park. The sites are behind a dilapidated building housing an across-the-canyon zip line. The camping area is a grassy field, with old electric pedestals, some of which appeared broken. Many sewer covers were broken. The bathrooms were filthy. There are no shower facilities. Garbage is piled next to two small containers at the corner of the main building. We were glad to leave for our park campsite the next morning when the road was finally accessible. Avoid this place for camping. - leorah
Jul 2015 - $24.00
Easy access into the state park from the highway. The land is so flat you cannot even tell that such an amazing canyon is there. Once you enter park, you will soon encounter a very steep winding road into the canyon. This may not be for everyone. IMO the slightly scary drive is scenic and well worth it to access such a magnificent place!
We reserved a campsite online. Website is user friendly. There are 3 camping areas that provide water and 20, 30 or 50 amp electric hookups. Mesquite and Sagebrush accommodate larger rigs. Hackberry only has up to 30 amp and is for smaller RV's. Mesquite, where we stayed, is all the way at the bottom of the canyon.
Mesquite camping area includes a shower house which was very crowded in the evenings. It was not very well kept up. Full of dust and mostly dead bugs. The previous campers who used it were slobs leaving tp and other garbage all over the floors. We stayed there 3 nights and it was the same each day. Other than the messy shower house, this camping area was stellar. The views are incredible. There are rock formations right in and around the campsite that you can climb on too.
There are mesquite trees around the sites but they provide little shade. Each site did have a pavilion with cement patio and picnic table.
There are many trails for all ability levels. We hiked several of them during our 3 day stay. Our favorite was the Rock Garden trail. We also hiked the Lighthouse Trail, which is very popular and relatively flat until the end.
Another highlight for us was the Texas musical at the Pioneer Ampitheater in the park. It was a very impressive production!
Down in the canyon cell phone coverage is limited as one would expect. I have AT&T and got great service at the Mesquite campground. My husband has a different carrier and could not get any signal whatsoever. - jvkATX
Jun 2015 - $24.00
Stayed 2 nights during June, wanted to hike and see the Texas musical. Reservations are encouraged as this park gets a lot of traffic during the June-Aug timeframe. For a state park, the sites are spacious and easy to access. We were in the Sagebrush area and had a back in, level gravel spot with 50A and water that is near the amphitheater. TV reception by antenna worked for several channels and AT&T phone service worked in many places (but not all). Worth the extra effort to stay in the canyon to see the sights. Note: TPWD charges a $5/day per person charge on top of campsite fee. - threehendersons
Jun 2015 - $24.00
This park well deserves its high ratings. Beautiful scenery and views from our site in the Mesquite loop. Went slow up and down the grade into the park and had no problem with our 40'+ big rig RV. Price does not reflect required entry fee to the park of $5 per adult/day in addition to campsite rate. Bathrooms were older and filthy - plenty of dead bugs indicated they obviously had not been cleaned in a long time. Book well in advance as the campsites are in high demand. We will definitely return. - Snidely Whiplash
May 2015 - $25.00
This is a private park right off I-27, very convenient for visiting Palo Duro Canyon but not in the state park. If it weren't for the convenience and not wanting to take our big 5th wheel down the steep road into the canyon we wouldn't have been there. Office person was very nice but the whole place is a dump. Overgrown with weeds, permanent rigs in varying states of decay, spaces too close together, area further down the street looked like a slum. It looked so bad we were really nervous about staying there but no one bothered us during our two days there. Would absolutely not stay again, but we'll never go to Palo Duro Canyon again either. Once was enough. Right after going to the major national parks out west it was definitely underwhelming. - all4pets
May 2015 - $40.00
Nice campground but too many detractors for us to return. First the cost: $35 was a little high but with the $5 entry fee - $40 was too much. No Wi-Fi or telephone service so we had to go into town which was 13 miles away to connect. Our satellite worked fine for TV. The steep 10% grade into the campsite was no problem for our 40' motorhome. The campsite itself was nice with water and electric. The dump station nearby was also very nice. Our hike into one of the many trails was excellent as was the scenery. Loved the howls of the coyotes at night and the wild turkeys and birds. And the Visitor Center was very good with displays and a Civilian Conservation Corps area which I enjoyed. It was a very beautiful place but we will not return to camp but find a different campground. - rwarner22
Oct 2014 - $29.00
While the staff, on the phone and in person, were very pleasant and helpful, here's a park where not much money has been spent on beautification and upkeep over the years. They must be racking in the dough however, with almost a full house when we were there. We were told that some spaces have a small "lawn" area in front of it, really just dirt and dry grass, but they sure cram the rigs in. You won't have much privacy. We went with the idea of maybe staying a few days, but left the first morning. Also, very noisy with the freeway next door and I wore ear plugs for this one. Very level sites, but why shouldn't they be, looks like you are in a former farm field or something. We didn't use the restrooms and the trash bins were across the street from the park. The town was easily accessed about 3 miles down the road, and I'm told the State Park is about 10 miles the other way. We didn't camp at the State park because we had heard about the very steep road down to the campsites there. Not sure exactly what we paid but believe it to be $29. Don't hold us to it. Canyon is the town where the Southern Transcon railroad line runs through, one of the busiest railroads in the nation with almost 100 trains a day, however, this park is on the other end of town and you won't find the trains and whistles to be that much of a factor. - elduque