2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Canyon, TX - Palo Duro Canyon State Park - Site 85

Canyon, TX - Palo Duro Canyon State Park - Site 85, another...

Canyon, TX - Palo Duro Canyon State Park - Site 85 -...

Canyon, TX - Palo Duro Canyon State Park - Site 85 -...

Sumner Lake again 1 - Doris already has a large following as...

Sumner Lake again 2 - she had her largest gathering - 20...

Sumner Lake again 3

Sumner Lake again 4 - just before we left, a flock of...

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 0 - our route - 185 miles

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 1

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 2 - nothing but desert range land

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 3 - one of seven or eight...

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 4 - after crossing into Texas, we...

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 5

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 6 - one of many feed lots...

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 7 - entering Hereford, TX

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 8 - lots of fast food in...

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 9 - lots of grain storage for...

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 10 - in Canyon, TX now -...

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 11 - uh oh, what are we...

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 12 - some of Palo Duro Canyon...

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 13

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 14

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 15

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 16 - one of the four cabins...

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 17 - and a couple of them...

Fort Sumner to Canyon, TX 18

Trail Hike 1 - the start of the Sunflower Trail

Trail Hike 2 - a bluff along the way

Trail Hike 3 - the light colored veins in the bluff are...

Trail Hike 4 - the name pretty well says it - it...

Trail Hike 5 - the start of the Juniper Riverside Trail -...

Trail Hike 6 - view of some of the canyon wall

Trail Hike 7 - more canyon wall

Trail Hike 8 - looking up the canyon floor

Trail Hike 9

Trail Hike 10

Trail Hike 11

Trail Hike 12 - a view of the canyon from the overlook...

Trail Hike 13

Trail Hike 14

Trail Hike 15 - an old cabin just below the overlook

Trail Hike 16 - all that's left of an old CCC encampment

Trail Hike 17

Trail Hike 18 - a replica of the dugout of one of...


We finally left on the 185 mile journey from Sumner Lake State Park, NM to Palo Duro State Park, TX, about 12 miles East of Canyon, TX. We had to stay an extra day at Sumner Lake when one of the levelers refused to come up and it was 4:00 p.m. before we could get someone there to remove it so we could move the Mothership. By then it was too late to make the trip planned and we stayed for an extra night. Doris loved it as she got to feed the deer twice more. Her little herd had grown to 20 by the time we left Thursday morning. We were also treated to a flock of turkey hens running through the campground just before we departed.

Everything but the visitor center and entrance to Palo Duro Canyon is located on the canyon floor that requires a very steep descent down the canyon walls. Our campsite is very nice, with 50 amps and water. They do have a couple of dump stations but we will not need them since we will be here but two nights. We have good satellite service but no cell signal at all. Consequently this will have to be posted when we get to our next stop or wherever we get internet service again.

Friday we went hiking on the canyon floor and had a good workout walking through the juniper trees and prickly pear for almost three miles. It was a nice day for a walk and we really enjoyed it. Tomorrow we head for Caprock Canyon State Park about three miles North of Quitaque, TX for a three night stay. We are working without levelers for the moment but hopefully we will be able to get one shipped to us to replace the bad one in the near future.

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