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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Canyon, Texas


11450 Park Road 5
Canyon, Texas 79015
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Sites: 114
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.98465
Longitude: -101.70151

Elevation: 3467' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp yes
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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142 Reviews

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

We really enjoyed this state park! We stayed at the Mesquite campground. Definitely need to hike around this park. The only causes of potential concern... 1. Some sites aren't level (we had to put our front wheels on blocks so that they wouldn't be dangling). 2. No sewer at the sites. 3. No Verizon service down in the canyon. We'll stop here again though, those were minor inconveniences compared to the rest of the campground! Don't let the 2 mile 10% grade going down into the canyon scare you - it was pretty easy (even with a couple of hairpin turns). We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Mesquite 83
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 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: 14
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Palo Duro Canyon is supposed to be the second largest canyon in the United States. The park and campgrounds are on the floor of the canyon, so it's quite a different experience from visiting the Grand Canyon. We enjoyed our stay very much. Our campground (Hackberry) was very nice, with level gravel sites in the woods, pretty well separated from others. Most sites are back in, but there are some pull through. We saw some big rigs.There's lots to do in the park, from hiking to horseback riding. Bathrooms and showers were okay, typical for a state park. Definitely worth a visit. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Hackberry 18
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my truck camper and a trailer too
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the Juniper loop, which has pull-throughs (#111 by the showers). Unhooked the Jeep and drove all around the park. Beautiful! The weather wasn't too hot, but there was no AT&T cell service where we were. Water and Electricity hookup, and dump stations on the way out. Very nice! We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Juniper 111
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 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: 20
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

What an amazingly beautiful place to wake up in the morning! Plus an amazing sunset and a nighttime thundershower to boot. We had unusually cool August weather (only about 90°) so we were able to do plenty of hiking around the park. Hopefully the next time we stay here the showers won't be under reconstruction. Electricity was steady. No cell connectivity in the campground, which is on the canyon floor. No big deal. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for 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
No
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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This place is pretty amazing. The scenery is spectacular. We saw turkeys, road runners and tarantulas in the campground. The park staff were great. They have 3 or 4 campgrounds within the canyon. We were assigned to Hackberry. It was nice, paved, level with easy hook ups. I would guess it's newer than some of the others. The bath house was modern and clean. We would absolutely stay here again, just not in June. Wow it was hot! We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Hackberry
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, 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:

Be sure to see the musical Texas at the outdoor amphitheater , it's very well done! There is no cell signal whatsoever once you are in the canyon. Be sure you have all the supplies you need before you head down, it's remote.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for a night on our way to the Rockies. There is nice, big, asphalt road through the park. We stayed in Mesquite campground which was at the very end of the road. It's a designated dark place for exceptional star gazing. 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 81
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

We got groceries from a nice store in Caynon which is about 25 minutes away.

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Review Count: 107
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We wanted to see the musical "Texas" so booked to stay here during the first week that it was open (it opens 6/1). We knew it was possible that it would be getting hot, and it has been uncomfortably warm in the afternoons. When we originally did the booking, we could only get one night, but I kept on watching the booking site online and eventually the next night also came available. Although the park shows full, there are sites available in the campground - I don't know whether people aren't showing up to use their reservations or whether the park keeps some sites "just in case". As it turns out, we probably would have been ok with just having the night that we had booked to see the musical, as it was too hot for us to do much in the afternoon anyway (100F +). We were assigned site 139 in Sagebrush Campground; site 139 is just across the campground road from the trail to the amphitheater where "Texas" is performed, so we were able to walk to/from the show. We were able to get internet on our AT&T MiFi device with our cellular booster. No signal at all on T-Mobile. Verizon would sometimes show signal but couldn't really use it except up at the top of the canyon (at the overlook or ranger station). A person I talked with at the musical said that her AT&T phone got service all over the canyon - they were staying at Mesquite Campground. We have a 43' bus and tow a Jeep behind; we took it very slow down the canyon road - using the engine brake and first gear on the transmission. Around the curves, we had to use all of our lane and a small part of the lane coming up the hill, but traffic was light so no problems. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Sagebrush 139
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
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:

On the morning after the musical, we got up and out and did the first 1.25 miles of the Lighthouse hike - to the viewpoint of the rock formation. We are not big hikers, but it was a do-able hike for us. We got to the trailhead just before 7am and were back to the parking lot by 840am - temperatures were heading to the high 80s by 9am, so it was good to have gotten there early.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent park. We did not have reservations but they found us a spot. They said hey were full but there were several unoccupied sites in our loop. Great staff. Well kept. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We spent a week at Palo Duro Canyon. This was actually our second time here. The 1st was 15 years ago before our children were born. Last time we tent camped and actually were chased away by the cold weather. This time were came armed with a winterized RV and conquered the cold weather which again tried to chase us off. The kids, dogs and adults had a great time. We did the Lighthouse hike including the scramble to the very top. I don't recommend the scramble with two dogs. Ours kept trying to lie down a take naps while people piled up behind us. The cap site was nice and clean. The covered patio was great and its four huge posts were perfect for hanging our hammocks. Another nice thing was the huge hill near the campground that the kids had a great time climbing around on. It is rather steep so parents should check it out 1st before deciding if they are OK with their kids playing on it. Our only complaints were: 1. It took about 1/2 an hour to check into due to the number of people entering the park at 4-5pm. I strongly suggest arriving early as those who do seem to get to pick their sites while late arrivals like us were just assigned a sight. 2. Out camp site faced into another site instead of into the back of the next RV which is the norm. This was a minor issue as we had great neighbors. Over all we had a awesome time. Next year the plan is to hit Cap Rock Canyon. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
093_Mesquite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 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: 166
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 46

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Traveling through but decided to drive the 20 Miles out of our way to see this park and stay the nite. Personnel great and gave us a long pull through so we didn't have to unhook. Water, electric and good shot to sky for satellite. No cell service at all. Landscape magnificent. Would like to return different time of year and stay a few days. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Juniper Loop 103
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Pretty much what you would expect for a state park. Clean, large sites. Lots of hiking. No sewer hookups, but several convenient dump stations. 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
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this park. The scenery was spectacular, and the park had plenty to do. Based on other reviews, we stayed on the Hackberry Loop. There were both RVs and tents in the campground, and there was a restroom with showers centrally located. It's a state park (not a KOA), so don't be surprised by a bug or two in the bathroom/shower, but the park does work to keep them clean. The sites in this loop are well spaced with a nice degree of privacy from your neighbors provided by trees, etc. and paved with gravel, with some sites being more level than others. The hookups were good, and there was a dump station conveniently located at the entrance to the campground. Note that there is no cell service or wifi on the floor of the canyon, though. We were visited by roadrunners and turkeys in our campground, and we even heard some coyotes in the morning. The temperatures were comfortable in the mornings but hot during the day. We went horseback riding (really nice wrangler team), explored much of the park on our bikes, did some bird watching, and star-gazed at night. We tried to hike once, but the horseflies were vicious and made that activity pretty uncomfortable. If you haven't been to this park, it should be a bucket list item. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Hackberry Loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

I enjoyed staying at Palo Duro. There are some negatives but, the positives outweigh the bad stuff. The park's scenery is impressive with beautiful colors making up the canyon. I enjoyed taking some hikes that were challenging but not overly strenuous. We stayed in the park during July, and of course it was hot. Both days were 100 plus. The negative that I will remember the most is the bugs. Lots of huge bugs in bathroom area and flies that bite that were everywhere. Be prepared with some deet product to keep the biting flies away. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Mesquite Campground
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
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:

The park has a trading post which has a nice assortment of supplies, souvenirs, and food.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This park is a must visit. It is beautiful. The sites are clean. We had reserved a site in the Sagebrush camp area but they moved us to Hackberry upon arrival. We were a little disappointed until we got to the Hackberry Camp Area. We had a covered patio and table as well as many trees that provided some shade. We were in site 31 in the Hackberry Camp Area. We drove over to Sagebrush and there wasn't nearly as many trees so ended up in a good spot. The trails are long but fun. Follow the warnings on the trail heads and trail maps. If you come during the summer be sure to start hiking early because it gets hot quick. Lots of geocaching and things to do around the park. Be sure to visit the Texas show while you are there. Amazing performance. We will certainly be 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
31 Hackberry Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Visit the Texas Show in the park. Drive into Amarillo for a visit to the Big Texan Steak House.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed in the Mesquite campground with water and electric. Open sites with no shade trees but beautiful views of the canyon walls. Most sites were fairly level but ours required a couple of blocks to level us up. Longer drive to this campground in the back of the park but was worth it for the scenery and quiet. It was 98 during the day so had limited outdoor time but a short drive to the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon got us indoors at a great museum. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Mesquite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon was one of the best museums we have seen. Very good food at Wrong Way Feldmans in Canyon. Texas outdoor musical in the park was good.

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