Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Canyon, Texas



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

Sites: 114
Recent Rate: $24 12/2015

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 ?
  • 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 ?
  • 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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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: 15
States Visited: 8
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.

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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: 1

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: 41
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 1

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: 19
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

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: 6

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: 42
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 14

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: 14

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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Jennyf12345

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $34.00
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We stayed in the Mesquite loop, which is the farthest back in the park. We were prepared for challenges on park road in with grade and switchbacks but were just fine with 36 ft fifth wheel. They do not assign specific campsites ahead of time, they just reserve a spot of the appropriate length. Arriving Saturday afternoon, there were only three left to choose from, but all were just fine. Sites are VERY well-spaced with some cover in between most and space behind on the inner loop. Averaged a rattlesnake sighting per day we were here, and also saw deer, roadrunner, turtles, and heard coyotes. Beautiful at night--very quiet and lots of stars. A few minor glitches--there is a playground on the map that seems to have been removed. Electricity was off for 1-1.5 hours at mid-day for two days, but we were warned ahead of time. Got warm with no A/C at 80 degrees. Men's shower house had intermittent hot water. Camp host not overly chummy but no problems noted. Apparently there used to be issues with low water crossings, but they have recently opened the alternate park road with bridges rather than driving through the water. As some have mentioned, there is a separate fee for park entrance in addition to the $24/night camping fee. It may be cheaper (was for us) to buy a Texas Parks Pass for $70, then the entrance is covered. Plus, it's good for a year. Weather was fine in April but extremely variable (we had 55 degree highs, 80 degree highs, wind, and scattered showers over our stay). There was a shelter to provide shade over picnic table (not rainproof). Burn ban was in effect, no fires or charcoal. Beautiful setting! We are already looking forward to next trip! We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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RobGn

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

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $24.00
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As a first time RV-er we stayed at the Hackberry campground as a dry-run with our new RV. Pros: sites were clean, relatively level, and 20-30 yards apart (we were assigned a specific site at check-in), all sites had a picnic table although only about half were covered, lots of trash bins, restrooms were ok, power and water were clean. Cons: AT&T cell coverage was spotty and Verizon was non-existent, the dump station near Hackberry was full and needed to be serviced (Sagebrush dump station was marked closed). All sites had a fire ring or grill but we couldn't use them due an open fire ban. Overall I would recommend Hackberry over the other campsites with hook-ups. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

I recommend the Lighthouse trail, be sure to take plenty of water and be prepared for lots of other hikers and mountain bikers.

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wfr1

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $30.00
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This campground was on my wife's bucket list. Its billed as the 2nd largest canyon in the US and the Grand Canyon of Texas. While the topography was beautiful, the park was difficult to negotiate as the roads were narrow and steep, and Still only 1/4 repaired from the floods in March. There were 3 "water crossings" where you literally drove through the streams, being cautioned to observe the water level indicators so as not to go above your "safe water level". We observed several motorcycles declining to cross and a Prius watched us cross before following. I would not want to be in this park when it rains. Evidence of large earth moving equipment having scooped copious quantities of mud away from the roads was everywhere in the Mesquite campground. The alt 5 road was still washed out and closed. Rigs wider than 8 feet were "discouraged" from using the temporary bridges which were extremely tight (10 feet wide) for distances of well over 50 to 100 feet. Numerous gouges and paint scraping were apparent on the sides of the temp bridges. All this being said, it is a beautiful park with a wonderful, colorful history. Electrical Power was good as was water pressure(a bit high). The gift shop/museum were great and very tastefully done. The sites were long in Mesquite CG but very sloped. The coyotes were in full voice the 2nd night we were there so watch your pets. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Bama Camper

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $35.00
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There are 3 campgrounds in the park. We camped at Mesquite , which is the most remote and the furthest into the park, but I think the prettiest. Great hiking at many trails within the park. The sunrises and sunsets provide a spectacular show on the canyon walls. The full hookup campsites in mesquite are level, large, and have a covered picnic table. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Michaeljess

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $34.00
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We camped here for three nights in the Hackberry section. This section is before any of the creek/river crossings. Bridge construction closed one end of the loop. The sites 1-9 had a nicer view, especially 7-9. Those sites also had fewer trees and seemed to have more space. Site 19 had just enough space for us to almost open our awning fully. The picnic table is located in the back. The bathhouses were well maintained except for one broken light on the women's side. I was told by the volunteer that the light was broken. Therefore, the bathhouse was pretty dark inside at night. The trails are great hiking. The store seemed to be well stocked. Meals were also available there. Internet is available at the park office but Verizon phones required a drive out of the park and down the road a few miles. We were able to get radio and satellite TV in our campsite. The park is used by many locals for hiking, running, and cycling. The park is very well run. There was always a ranger, volunteer, or host available. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

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