Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Palo Duro adventure.
The second-largest canyon in the US serves up spectacular terrain for outdoor adventurers.
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’s 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.
Summers in Texas can be blisteringly hot, and temperatures on the canyon floor can reach up to 120°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.