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Jun 20, 2019 - Palo Duro's Lighthouse Rock

The Lighthouse Rock Trail is one of the more popular trails in Palo Duro State Park. The total round trip is a little under 6 miles long, your destination is the 310 ft high rock formation known as the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse has been one of my 'must do' hikes since my son Tyler & I tried to Mountain Bike back in 2001. We biked the 3.5 miles around Capitol Peak, then headed towards the Lighthouse, BUT turned around due to the 106 degree temp. We did not have NEAR ENOUGH fluids/Gatorade. Smart move on OUR part. We did however attend the...

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Jun 18, 2019 - Palo Duro Canyon SP

Palo Duro Canyon is a canyon system of the Caprock Escarpment located in the Texas Panhandle near the cities of Amarillo and Canyon. As the second-largest canyon in the United States, it is roughly 120 mi long and has an average width of 6 mi, but reaches a width of 20 mi at places. Its depth is around 820 ft, but in some locations, it increases to 1,000 ft. Palo Duro Canyon (from the Spanish meaning "hard wood" or, more exactly, "hard stick") has been named "The Grand Canyon of Texas" both for its size and for its dramatic geological...

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2019 RV Adventure

Jun 3, 2018 - East bound and down...loaded up and truckin'

Thanks for all the replies to ‘Where in the World is Joey Bliss?’. Short answer is Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Pan Handle of Texas. I know…it was an easy one. On 25 May, one year from the day we closed on our home in Leland, and being in Tucson since last December, Joey “turned us around” from traveling west and began making his way back toward the east coast. We began our eastward travel with Jeff and Emily’s sister Judy to Bosque NM to attend a 3 day hands-on class learning the basics of building an adobe home. Jeff has dreamed of...

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One Day @ a Time

Sep 22, 2017 - Palo Duro

We left Angel Fire NM heading back to Texas in the Panhandle to Palo Duro Canyon. It was a long drive and to our disappointment, we are back in the heat!! In Colorado and New Mexico, we were using the fireplace and dressing in long sleeves and wearing jackets. We drove in what we thought looked very familiar being in Texas, when suddenly it seemed out of nowhere; a really large canyon that we would read later it runs about 120 miles long and up to 21 miles wide and 880 feet deep. Our rv park was a state park in the canyon, so we started to...

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Aug 4, 2017 - Palo Duro Canyon

We spent today in Palo Duro Canyon. Even though we have been to the canyon several times, we always see things we did not noticed in prior visits. The visitor’s centers has a lot of good information about the canyon. We went to the Texas play they have each night in the canyon. They do not allow pictures being taken during the play. Before the play started, an American Indian did a presentation about the life of Quanah Parker. It is always fun to people watch while waiting for the gates to open. There was a group of teenage girls there...

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Just Tripping Along

May 31, 2017 - Palo Duro

Wed., May 31st – After a 3rd day of traveling the many miles of I-40, we found our way to Palo Dura State Park, otherwise known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas”, near Amarillo, TX. Off the beaten path, this is the 2nd largest canyon in the USA. There are panoramic views from many spots in the park of the colorful sandstone walls of rock. We stayed here for 2 nights to give ourselves a break from the long trek across the Midwest. Thurs., June 1st – We drove the 16 mile loop road around the canyon today. The CCC had quite a job carving roads...

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May 31, 2017 - Palo Duro Grand Canyon of Texas

This stay started out badly for Emily. She wanted to move the car dolly by herself. It did not work. Let's take a picture first and then apply first aid. Palo Duro Canyon is a Texas State Park located outside Amarillo, Texas. It is known for being the Grand Canyon of Texas. We have more pictures than actual stories. Every Morning and Evening we were shown a parade of Turkeys. It was comical to watch them interact. We soon figured who the leader of this group was. We meet a German couple who landed in Chicago, rented and RV and was...

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Nov 17, 2016 - Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

Palo Duro Canyon is the 2nd largest canyon system in the US (after the Grand Canyon, of course). It is a 'must see' for anyone who wants to experience the most scenic natural wonders of this country. The canyon is 70 miles long and averages 6 miles wide and 800 feet deep, and has a mostly flat bottom. The Red River originates here, and later becomes a mighty river feeding the Mississippi, but here it is but a very small river, more like a large brook. Any discussion inevitably involves comparison to it's bigger canyon sibling, which is a...

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Jul 28, 2016 - Palo Duro State Park TX

Well, Palo Duro Canyon was as beautiful as we remembered and they had room for our coach in one of the campgrounds so we backtracked south from Amarillo about an hour and set up camp in PDCSP till Friday morning. We had trouble finding a campground in Colorado Springs so we’re here until Friday when we head to our next campground in Raton, New Mexico...then to Woodland Park outside Colorado Springs on Monday. The best way to describe the Mesquite campground at PDCSP is stunning. Not in a manicured, resort kind of way, but if you want...

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May 24, 2014 - Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon SP, Canyon, Texas Palo Duro Canyon State Park is just south of Amarillo, Texas. It seems kind of odd to find this huge canyon after driving over so much flat land. Palo Duro is Spanish meaning hard wood because of all of the Mesquite and Juniper trees in the canyon We had planned to stay here for two days to explore the park, however, a heavy rain came through the day before and flooded a large portion of the park. This was after a four year drought in the area. We were lucky to get a campsite since most of the park was...

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May 20, 2013 - Amarillo to Palo Duro Canyon, TX

At 8:30 this morning we were on the road back west to see Cadillac Ranch again. There are 10 cadillacs stuck in the ground, nose down. It was a place I wanted to see since I had posted pictures of it on Jeana's website. (www.stepstomarrow.com) It was really, really winday agian today!! We took a couple of pictures and headed to Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the US. (guess which one is the largest!) In fact it is called the "Grand Canyon of Texas". It is also the 2nd largest state park in Texas. With the tornadoes that were...

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Apr 17, 2012 - Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

We visited Palo Duro Canyon State Park once before in April of 2009 but it is so beautiful that we decided that we were too close not to run over and see it again. On the way over to the park we were getting pretty hungry because our lunch was not much. We finally found a little restaurant called "Something Different By Kay" in the small town of Silvertson, Texas. Since I have been on Weight Watchers for awhile now and have been doing well, I tried to stay good. I ordered some shrimp with vegetables and a salad. However, the specials came...

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