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The best camping near Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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The second-largest canyon in the US serves up spectacular terrain for outdoor adventurers.

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MERUS Adventure鈩 Park

31 sites 路 RVs6500 acres 路 Claude, TX
Welcome to MERUS Adventure鈩 Park, your ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers! Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Palo Duro Canyon, MERUS Adventure Park is a hidden gem that offers a one-of-a-kind experience through amazing RV sites, cabins, tent camping, and more! At MERUS Adventure鈩, we believe in reconnecting with nature and fostering a sense of adventure. Our park spans over 6500 acres of pristine wilderness, featuring diverse ecosystems, breathtaking views, and unique access to the second-largest canyon in North America! Whether you're an avid hiker, off-roader, mountain biker, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, our park has something for everyone. At MERUS Adventure鈩, we take pride in our commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. Our campsites are carefully designed to minimize our ecological footprint while providing a comfortable camping experience. We prioritize preserving the natural beauty of our surroundings, and our staff is dedicated to educating visitors on the importance of conservation and responsible outdoor recreation. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all visitors. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always available to assist you and ensure that your stay is memorable. Whether you're seeking a weekend getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, our park offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you rejuvenated and connected to the natural world. Come and discover the magic of MERUS Adventure鈩 through Hipcamp. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, embark on unforgettable adventures, and create lifelong memories. Book your stay today and let us be your gateway to adventure and lifelong memories.
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The Silos RV Park & Campground

18 sites 路 RVs, Tents5 acres 路 Canyon, TX
*Big Rig Friendly up to 70 ft long* Water, electricity, free WiFi, picnic tables and large trash container at each site! Perfect home base for your Palo Duro Canyon State Park adventure and exploring everything else the Canyon/Amarillo, Texas area have to offer. There are 2 private shower rooms for your use and also a coinless laundry facility that can be booked online for your convenience. There is also a storm shelter onsite. Your RV site is located in the country where you have unobstructed views of the spectacular sunrises and sunsets the Panhandle of Texas is known for. It's also a perfect place to stargaze since it's away from the City lights. Also available to rent on the property is a cabin room, 5th wheel (stationary) and large guest home (through Airbnb on our website)
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Coyote Breaks Farm

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents42 acres 路 Wildorado, TX
The sites overlook the beautiful Canadian River breaks to the north with wide open skies to the west and east to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets. These are rustic sites with no improvements. We are just getting started with this so you鈥檒l be able to help us from the ground up. If we are not in a burn ban you鈥檙e welcome to have a campfire. There will be opportunities to call up a wild coyote or watch some mule deer or an occasional antelope stroll by. You could even be awakened by the horses on their way to water in the morning and we can set up some horse riding if we have enough notice to schedule time off from the 9-5 haha. Can鈥檛 wait to see you on the prairie!
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Jericho on 66

1 site 路 RV80 acres 路 Howardwick, TX
Schaffer Farm is a 80 acre farm with 10,000 sq. ft. market garden! Located off old Route 66 in the Texas Panhandle. Our fresh veggie season is from July through October or first freeze, offering corn, okra, squash, zucchini, tomato, variety of peppers, watermelon, cantaloupe and so much more. Our farm is far and wide, on a clear day our sunrises and sunsets are absolutely beautiful and can see for miles. HISTORY: Schaffer Farm - Located on Historic Route 66 "The Jericho Gap" and Ghost Town. The Township of Jericho was founded in the late 1880's as a stage coach mail stop to change horses and feed any passengers aboard, settlers began to gather at the end of the Red River Wars in the late 1870's. 1900-1902 Construction began on a railroad track built by the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Texas Railroad Company. The first official train ran on July 6, 1902 through Jericho, cattle loading facilities were constructed to accommodate nearby large ranches and huge water storage reservoir was built by the railroad to refill steam engines. Jericho became famous in legend and folklore after congress authorized a new coast-to-coast highway in 1926, calling it Route 66. It's passage through Jericho added prosperity with several gas stations, mercantile stores, Hotel (Historic Hotel Lyons) and tourist courts built to serve the travelers. "WHY JERICHO GAP" The main reason for fame came from the stretch of highway between Alanreed and Groom which went through Jericho, rains or snowy weather caused these dirt roads to turn into gumbo-like mud becoming almost impassable to the vehicles of the time and still stands true to this day. FAMOUS PEOPLE OF JERICHO: Carolyn Jones, who played fictional character Morticia Addams from the Addams Family television and film series (1964) J.W. "Digger" Howard - Recognized for his community efforts and contributions to Western Heritage and his love for Team Roping which led him to the board of one of the largest team roping associations in the state at that time, The Texas Roping Association. HISTORIC JERICHO CEMETERY: Established in 1894 after an unusual outbreak of Malaria killed several settlers. The cause was traced to stagnant water at the spring where drinking water at the spring was obtained. Improvements to the facility were made eliminating the stagnant water. This cemetery is still active and is listed on the Texas historic registry. SCHAFFER HISTORY: The Schaffer Family came this way in 1894, settling 1 miles north of Jericho had businesses at Jericho, born and raised and died at Jericho are considered Pioneers of their time. ACCESSIBILITY: Located off Interstate 40 and Highway 70, entrance to Schaffer Farm is at Highway 70 with Texas Flag right at the entrance. Our farm roads are not paved and is up to guest discretion as to whether your rig has sufficient clearance to make it in. If you have concerns please contact us for a road condition update, as ease of access can change with the weather. WEATHER: Accommodations during snow and rain will be monitored and travelers will be notified of alternate routes or alternate place to stay. We look forward to hosting you.
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The best camping near Palo Duro Canyon State Park guide



Towering red-rock cliffs and vast desert landscapes afford a dramatic backdrop for outdoor explorers at the 30,000-acre Palo Duro Canyon. Hit the trail to hike, mountain bike, or horseback ride along more than 35 miles of tracks, taking you from the upper rim to the canyon floor. Alternatively, admire the views from The Gallery, take a guided Jeep or horseback excursion, go ziplining over the canyon, or learn the history of the region鈥檚 early settlers at the evening Texas Outdoor Musical show performed in the canyon. A bonus for campers—the dark skies make this one of the best stargazing spots in Texas.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for summer campers: Sagebrush Campground is the closest campground to the Texas Outdoor Musical and has electric and water hookups.
  • Best for RVs: Hackberry Campground has electric and water hookups, and some sites can accommodate up to 60-foot RVs.
  • Best for adventurous hikers: The hike-in primitive campsites are for tents only, with no facilities or running water, but they are ideal for escaping the crowds.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve one of 132 campsites, including group sites and cabins, via the Texas State Parks website.聽
  2. Online reservations open five months in advance or 12 months in advance for the group sites.聽
  3. Campsites can book up fast, especially over weekends and holidays, so book at least three months in advance to avoid disappointment.

When to go

Summers in Texas can be blisteringly hot, and temperatures on the canyon floor can reach up to 120掳F, so plan hikes for early morning or late afternoon. Spring and fall provide more pleasant weather for outdoor activities, and winters are mild (although temperatures drop dramatically at night). The Texas Outdoor Musical show is held nightly (except Mondays) from June to August.

Know before you go

  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park is about 12 miles east of Canyon along State Highway 217.聽
  • Per-person day-use fees apply at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and campsite booking fees also apply. General entrance tickets can be booked online up to one month in advance.
  • Facilities include a visitor center, park store, restaurant, restrooms, and picnic areas. Bring plenty of water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat.聽
  • There are wheelchair-accessible campsites, restrooms, and viewing areas at the park.聽

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