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Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $30.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $35.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $34.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $24.00
This is a Texas state park and the amenities here are the same as all Texas state parks. The scenery was great, the hiking was great, the birds were great and the staff was friendly and helpful. We stayed at Hackberry campground which had plenty of shade and the entrance is before the road construction. Keep in mind it is at least 10 degrees hotter at the bottom of the canyon than at the top. The only disappointing thing was the Texas play. The old play was better than the new 'politically correct' play, which relies more on fireworks than substance. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
One of the nicest state parks I have stayed in. Try and get in the Sagebrush campground if you are only going for the "Texas" show. Some parts of the road are under construction and may be challenging for wider trailers and RV's. Lots to do here. Take at least 3 days to get a decent sampling. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
Can't rate this one high enough. We heard about it from a few campers at other campgrounds that we had stayed at over the course of the trip, and thought, why not? Only negative (kind of) was the Very steep grade down into the canyon, but hey, it's a canyon, right? Once down there, its completely totally amazing. Had my wife and 4 kids, and we had an absolutely amazing time wandering and exploring. If you are ever near Amarillo, you have to go here. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $24.00
I was a bit disappointed in this park, mainly because I had a reservation. But Texas does not reserve specific spots. It was very confused because they had people leaving from a weekend dirt bike race fundraiser and the staff at the entrance station did not know what sites were available and which weren't. So I had to drive down a steep road into the canyon and then 8 miles to the far campground, then back up with my potential site numbers. The whole process including a line at check-in took over an hour in temps that were in the upper-90s, so I was exhausted and hot by the time I got hooked up. It is a very pretty canyon, but sites were tight. Might have been a better experience in cooler weather and not the day after such a major event or with so much road construction. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $21.00
Before I begin, in interest of full disclosure I have to admit I’m a big fan of the Texas state parks. We camped here the week of Memorial Day arriving on the Monday holiday and staying through Friday. The park is subject to flash flooding and the area had nearly four inches of rain the week before. As result most of the park was closed on the Friday before the holiday until the next Wednesday. They are working on replacing at least three of the low water crossings with bridges which should improve access after heavy rains. During flooding only two campgrounds, Sagebrush and Hackberry, are accessible. Of all the campgrounds, only Sagebrush and Mesquite have 50 Amp service. None of the campgrounds have full hook-ups, so if you are camping very long, you may want to bring a waste tank. The rest rooms were dated but clean. One of our pet peeves is that none of the rest rooms in the state parks have hand soap, so bring your own. The park host was very friendly and actually offered us some watermelon one evening. The park has over 30 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Some of the trails are quite long and rated as “difficult,” so plan your hikes carefully. During the summer the temperature in the canyon can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. We hiked the “Lighthouse Trail” to the park’s iconic “Lighthouse” formation. That trail is the most popular and is 5.75 miles round trip and rated as “moderate.” It took us 2 hours and 20 minutes. The information provided by TPWD warns to take plenty of water since most of the heat related injuries and deaths to people and pets occur on this trail. The park does have a few family friendly “easy” rated trails. The park has a very nice wildlife viewing blind, which quickly became a favorite of ours. We visited it several times during our visit. We saw a variety of birds including Northern Cardinal, Purple Finch, Painted Bunting, Yellow Fronted Woodpecker, and wild turkeys. Palo Duro Canyon is advertised as the “Grand Canyon of Texas.” Prior to visiting, I just figured that was another Texas exaggeration. After viewing the canyon from the overlook at the Visitor’s Center I was definitely impressed. It’s not the Grand Canyon, but it is definitely breath taking. (We visited the Grand Canyon in February of this year so I had fresh memories for comparison.) They do have a few pull through spaces, but most are back-in sites. Some of the sites looked a little short, but our space (# 142) was long enough for both our 39’ fifth wheel and our full size crew cab pickup. The park also has a stables and amphitheater in the park. During the summer months the musical “Texas” is presented Tuesday through Saturday at the amphitheater. During our visit both our AT&T cell and data services was intermittent. Data service on both our phones and our MiFi device ranged from none, to edge to 4G but it would change by the minute. Camping rates do not include admission to the park. Admission is $5.00 per person per day. If you are planning of camping at more than one state park, I highly recommend purchase of a Texas Parks Pass. Passes are $70.00 per year and include unlimited admission to the parks and several coupons for 50% off a single night’s rate. The nightly rate specified reflects a Texas Parks Pass and a coupon for 50% off one night’s stay. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $24.00
We camped at the Mesquite Camp Area, which is by far the prettiest one to camp in. It has about 19 sites with plenty of space between sites. All have water and electric. Sites are level and road is paved in the campground. Views are spectacular. You also have to pay $5 per person per day for a use fee. For 2, people camping was $24 + $10 = $34 per day. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $34.00
As another reviewer remarked, the nightly fee was $24 but they tack on a $5 charge for each person per night so our nightly rate was $34. This seems a rather disingenuous way to post rates. The campground, over all, however, was spectacular. It is possible to wander through most of the park without necessarily following specific trails. The scenery definitely makes the experience unique. We camped in the Mesquite section of the park. Since there are no sewer hook-ups, we used our tag-along (portable waste tank) to empty tanks so were able to use the closest dump. However, if you have a rig of any size and do not use a tag-along, you will need to drive to a farther dump station since the one closest to Mesquite is too small for a large rig. We would definitely stay here again for a few nights but could not afford this rate for a full 2 weeks. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $24.00
This is an addition to recent reviews. The campground was fully booked for the 3-day Columbus Day weekend in October, and we did not have reservations. Luckily, we arrived Monday and were able to stay for 4-days until Friday morning. Mesquite campground is among the quietest at which we've ever stayed, without even a muted hint of a truck or train in the distance. The moonless nights revealed billions of stars and a brilliant Milky Way. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $34.00
Stayed in Hackberry campground, which was only about 1/4 full, so lots of privacy. But there were also lots of flies, which was annoying. Not sure what was causing that. Note also that it's kind of pricey for only a water and electric hookup. They charge $24 a night for the campsite, plus another $5/person and a per night "entrance fee", even if you only enter the campground once and stay a couple of nights like my wife and I did. Hence the $34 per night fee that I listed. So I have rated Palo Duro a couple of stars lower, due to the flies and the high price. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $24.00
Wow! What a gem! Beautiful scenery camping down in the canyon. We were on site 130 in sagebrush, room for our 45' with slides. The road down into the canyon is intense at 10% with 3 switchbacks in a class A and tow . Only con was that we couldn't open our awning due to tree, but where else can you camp in a canyon in your Class A? We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $24.00
We stayed in Sagebrush Campground (I had reserved in another campground, but due to heavy rains it was closed). The $24.00 price does not include the mandatory $5.00 per person per day SP entrance fee making it $34.00 per person daily fee for 2 people. The female host was fantastic at her job. For a SP campground it was very clean and super quiet. The 10% grade with hair pin turns and no guard rail was trying. A beautiful place to visit. Have your toad gassed up and all the supplies you may need before your arrival. Be sure to eat at the Big Texan and visit The RV Museum in Amarillo while there, you will not be sorry you did! We very well may stay here again in season for "Texas", the play in the park. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $24.00
(Note that the $24 RV site fee for a 30 amp site does not include a $5 per person day-use fee.) Unlike the Grand Canyon, you drive down into Palo Duro Canyon to one of three campgrounds. (Steep grade with a couple of switchbacks, but easy passage - even for large RV's traveling SLOWLY!) We stayed in Hackberry campground, a great place, but if we stayed again we'd probably drive further back into the park to stay at Mesquite - simply for the view. It's almost eerily quiet in this park, and the 2.8 mile trail to Lighthouse and Castle Peak rock formations is spectacular. (The last 3/10 mile to the formations is not for the faint-of-heart...). Late September must be mating season for spiders here. We spotted four large Tarantulas on the hiking trails! (No problem - they seem more interested in getting to their destination than annoying anyone.) Note that we don’t carry a TV around so no cable service is necessary. We use the fifth-wheel primarily to have a comfortable place to sleep, a toilet and shower that don’t offer surprises, and someplace to store food. Other than that, we live outside! We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
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