Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Canyon, Texas



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

Sites: 114
Recent Rate: $24 7/2016

Latitude: 34.984651523079
Longitude: -101.70151233673

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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

Review Details

Ratings overview

110 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a good stay, but it was sticker shock about the per person per night extra fee that got to us. We saw a road runner. Campground is down in canyon with 10% down grade but manageable. Lots of hiking and such here. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

canyon store and museum

had a special show for extra fee

big lizards in area.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We had an enjoyable stay and everyone was very helpful and friendly. We would not go to Amarillo in July if not for the Texas play. It's way too hot for us. That being said, I will go back in October or November. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 92 Mesquite CG
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We highly recommend the Texas play. It was well worth the money. My husband and I are light eaters and we shared a BBQ dinner before the play.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We were there for one day only. We wish that we could have stayed for a longer time. No cell phone service for us and out tailgater didn't work, probably because we were at the bottom of the canyon.

We saw the play "Texas" in the amphitheater and enjoyed it greatly.

We will visit again when we have the opportunity to do so and stay longer. Well worth the visit.

Our 40 foot fifth wheel gave us no problems coming in and leaving. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
83
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful location, easily accommodated 41 ft motorhome and tow vehicle. Drive into and out of canyon bit challenging, however no problems. Very clean, with nice hiking trails. Enjoyed watching road runners and music from summer show. Summer very hot, late May temperatures in the 100's. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Lighthouse hike was spectacular

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Sagebrush 131
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Mesquite 86
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Mesquite 89
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Mesquite 93
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
32
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Mesquite 87
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
134
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
62
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

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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