Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Canyon, Texas



11450 Park Road 5
Canyon, Texas 79015
Phone: (806) 488-2227

Sites: 114
Recent Rate: $33 5/2016

Latitude: 34.9846515230794
Longitude: -101.701512336731

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities yes
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment yes
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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Just Dave

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $33.00
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We stayed in the Mesquite area. IMHO this park should be on everyone's visit list. It's just a beautiful place! Entrance road is steep (10%), but easily managed by our 40 ft motorhome, although we did undo the toad first. Our site (83) had a fine view of the canyon, reasonable distance from neighbors, good water and electric, and AT&T phone coverage. It was reasonably level. It did look like it could get muddy in the rain. There were some pretty deep ruts in the dirt. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

It's a long way to any stores, so bring groceries. We got an emergency RV part from helpful folk at Bill Max RV in Amarillo.

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Jerry and Betsy

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $24.00
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Advertised as the "Grand Canyon" of Texas and the Number One rated State Park of the U.S. I cannot comment on the first claim as this was our first stay at a TX state park. As for the second claim, I suspect that polling was done in Texas, by Texans. Very pretty area with great views and topography with some gorgeous hiking trails, but not close to being in our list of the best state parks. An older park that really isn't well maintained, but they are working on it. The sections of the road that get flooded are being worked on, but there is a long way to go. Gravel narrow tight roads, gravel/asphalt sites which are mostly level from what we saw, but most are not big rig friendly. After checking out the area, we stayed at the Sagebrush campground which we liked best. Great views and not as dusty as the other areas. While our site was pretty narrow on the passenger side, the driver's side had no nearby campsites. Most of the sitting areas were on the side of the sites, but ours was right behind the RV, so we had no views of neighbors and it was like we the entire area to ourselves. Park Rangers were mostly rude and almost dangerous when driving on the narrow campsite road (we were almost hit TWICE when walking on roads by the SAME ranger). Showers where scary, smelly, and disgusting. Zero Verizon coverage in the canyon which sucked, but a short drive up to the top once a day to check email was no problem. Again, a very pretty area, and we will be back, but maybe you should lower your expectations if based on other reviews. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

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texasAUtiger

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $24.00
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We stayed in Mesquite loop, site #86. We drove through all the other loops and thought this one was the prettiest (and most remote), but all of the loops were fine. This park is absolutely majestic! The colors and views throughout the canyon are incredible. This is a big park and an excellent one for mountain (or road) biking. Tons of great trails, especially Rock Garden, Lighthouse, and CCC. The weather in March is excellent for camping: warm (but not hot) days and cool nights.

Our site was very spacious. We had good LTE cellular reception (AT&T) at the camp site and in many parts of the park. We got 3 networks via OTA antenna. Since there were no sewer connections, the bath house (2 semi-private showers in both men's and women's) was used a lot but was clean for the most part.

This is a crown jewel of the Texas state park system. We certainly plan to return. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Our family enjoyed taking a horse ride with Old West Stables (located in the park, near the park store) across the part of the canyon floor below the CCC trail. The Visitor's Center (at the El Coronado Lodge) has spectacular views for photographs.

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BandD

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $34.00
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On our 1st cross country (20 states) Palo Duro ranked #1. We're 2 months into a 2nd trip and this is still in the top 5. As the ranger says, "other states also claim the 2nd largest canyon, but it depends on how you measure." You drive right down into the canyon and watch the sun rise and set on the beautiful rock formations, etc.! Don't worry about the steep drive, I've seen 42' rigs down there, just go slowly. Mesquite Camp area is lovely, especially sites 85 - 90. Some need a little leveling, but not bad. Because it is desert, not a lot of vegetation between sites, but they aren't packed in either. Technical rate is $24, but $5/person/day additional charged, hence $34 (2 people). Granted no cell or WiFi on Verizon or T-Mobile. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Get a Texas St Pk pass if planning on 3 or more St Parks - the $70 pass eliminates daily fees and get the 2nd night 50% off for 4 parks.
Great hiking in Palo Duro, especially Light House which is 5 1/2 miles round trip and easy unless you "climb" at the very end. Palo Duro stables about 1/2 mile before park gave us a great ride down into the canyon. Plains museum in Canyon is also good. Ranger is very knowledgeable and good but tends to talk mostly to those up front near him.

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Jennyf12345

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $20.00
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Couldn't remember exact rate--we had purchased a $75 park pass last year which meant we didn't have to pay the $7 daily add on. Weather extremes! In the week we were there ranged from 20s at night to 80s during the day, with one day of 60 mph wind gusts and a couple with 50 mph gusts. Burn ban was in effect. Note the restaurant in the canyon actually stops cooking 30 minutes before their stated close time. No playground in the entire park, the ranger noted someone thought it was dangerous so they removed it, which was ironic given the 800 ft cliffs all around. Beautiful park, quiet at night. We stayed in the Mesquite loop. They are doing some bridge work and one of the roads in was closed, which meant a bit more driving. Wrong Way Cafe in Canyon was decent. Many great hiking trails. Hope to make it here again next year! We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Rolling Regal

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $24.00
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This was a beautiful park, red rock country, with nice hiking trails. The site we were assigned was nice but it sloped slightly downhill in the rear, so we could not lower the front end to make the trailer level or else our steps would hit the ground. So we moved over 2 sites to a more level site, it was no problem that we did so at the office since it was in December & the campground was empty. Nicely landscaped with a wild vegetation area around the camper which made it more private. Showers were clean but floors were not sloped to drain the water properly. No WiFi here. Very scenic park. $5 per person per day entrance fee in addition to camping fee. We purchased a Texas Parks Pass here which gave us free entrance fee for both of us at every Texas State Park we camped out. Plus it entitled us to four "Camp one night, get the second night free" deals! Pass cost $70 for nonresident, but we got our money's worth out of it & then some. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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sara158

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $21.00
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What can you say but the scenery is worth the price of admission. Back-in sites with water and electricity. Quiet at night and spectacular stars. One afternoon the electricity went out due to a road accident nearby and the camp host went to each site and to alert everyone, and then came back when it came on again. Great place to go if you like to hike. Only drawback is lots of flies but that is the desert. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Panhandle Plains museum for an indoor day in Canyon and IDK sports bar if you are a beer drinker in Amarillo.

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Nicrisgirl

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $24.00
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Note that the nightly rate excludes the park entry fee of $5 per person per day. That pushes the nightly rate up a bit, but this park is worth it. No Wi-Fi or cellular service. Great hiking in a beautiful canyon. Sites were spacious with covered picnic table. I do wish that people would adhere to the leash law. I don't appreciate an unleashed dog approaching my dogs. Our site was nestled between tress and bushes, and therefore, very private. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Ground fires were not allowed during our visit due to the draught. They have a wonderful outdoor theatre. Check the web site for schedule.

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mjtesky

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $34.00
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Gravel sites, no shade although some sites have shade. Baths were no more than adequate. Flies were unbearable. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Truck Camper.

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Relee52

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $22.00
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We took our grandsons with us to the park and had a good time except it got really hot while we were there, so glad for the AC in the RV! We did go horseback riding and attended the "Texas" play at the amphitheater. The roads are easy to traverse, the road in and out is steep but manageable. The bathhouse was adequate but not exceptional. After the play "Texas" there were a number of folks wanting to shower but not enough stalls and my grandsons were not satisfied with the privacy so we decided to forgo the shower. It was OK, but I'll likely not go back. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Canyon is nearby, "Texas" is worth seeing, horseback riding in the AM due to heat during summer.

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fanrgs

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $34.00
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We were there on a weekend and both park and the campground were packed--definitely needed to have reservations. We were in the Hackberry Campground in a gravel, mostly shaded, back-in site with 30A electric and a picnic shelter. We had room for our slides, but the trees limited the use of the awning. Getting into the site was a challenge due to the trees and several wooden posts marking the corners of the site across the road. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Our site backed up to a grassy meadow surrounded by trees, with a creek on the opposite side. So, we could sit on our sofa and watch both deer and wild turkeys behind, around, and in our campsite. One evening we heard some loud animal noises and decided that a coyote must have gotten one of the turkeys. Interesting place to camp!

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RobtL

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $24.00
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It's a little bit of a surprise to arrive at Palo Duro Canyon St. Park and see right away that you go down, down, down into the canyon. We had no trouble with our small motorhome, but larger motorhomes and especially trailers should be careful on the descent. And it probably wouldn't be so bad except that the canyon itself is so distracting! We had a choice of camping areas, so we chose the Sagebrush area... not as far down the road as the others. The site was level, with a semi-covered picnic table and in-ground grill, electric and water only. The surrounding beauty, priceless. There were many nearby trails so we had no trouble finding things to do. Being August, it was quite hot during the day but cooled off quickly in the evening. The facilities we visited were very nice. This is a large park with lots of visitors, but big enough that you're not bothered by crowds. Lots of small critters to spy, lots of scenery to view. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

There are plenty of trails... long trails, short trails, nature trails, streams, rocks, hills, etc., etc. A lot to do there. If you go when it's warm, take precautions: lots of water, first aid kit, comfortable (broken in) hiking shoes, etc.

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jvkATX

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $24.00
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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. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to bring plenty of bug spray with a high level of DEET. I normally use a natural spray to repel mosquitos but it does absolutely nothing to repel sand flies. They will eat you up if you do not spray yourself with DEET.

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threehendersons

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $24.00
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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. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Lighthouse trail is good, be ready for a strenuous section at the end that goes to the two rock formations. Look for online coupons for the Texas Musical.

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Snidely Whiplash

Review Count: 124
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $24.00
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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. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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