Talk about an alluring name for a tent-only campsite! Cactus Campground is a small set of seven sites on the southern end of the park, near the equestrian campground, and over 10+ miles of trail. While shade shelters are provided, you’ll have to work a little bit for other amenities: showers are 1/2 - 2 miles away, and water is available at the campground, but not at each site. What’s camping without roughing it though?
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
7 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Biking around the scenic hill country that is Pedernales Falls State Park, there are amazing trails for mountain biking of all ...Read more


Fishing on the river is common at Pedernales Falls State Park. There is no fishing pier, but set up anywhere on the shoreline! ...Read more


Hiking around Pedernales is absolutely beautiful. There are seven trails within the park that range from .4 miles to 9 miles lo...Read more

Horseback riding

Bring your horse to explore 10 miles of rugged trail. The trail is very rocky with some steep slopes. Due to the conditions of ...Read more


There is rock climbing available on the Wolf Mountain Trail. The best spot is about a 20-minute hike in. Make sure you do not c...Read more


You can tube, canoe or kayak the river. Set up in at the swimming area or Trammell's Crossing Trail. For safety purposes, you a...Read more

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Cactus Campground.

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Hipcamper Emily
Emily D.
recommends this listing.
March 6th, 2018

Wow! Did not expect to stumble across this canyon during our cross-country caravaning voyage. We walked around all day (bring sooooo much water) and saw one of the prettiest sunsets! Later this week we went to see the grand canyon, and though nothing compares to that, this canyon was in no way disappointing- it was very colorful and impressive!

Hipcamper Jason
Jason C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 13th, 2017

Best campground for tents in Palo Duro. Water available at the campsites and each are relatively secluded from each other. Great views from the campsites. Restrooms and showers available Mesquite Camp Area.

Hipcamper Meghan
Meghan B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 7th, 2017

Beautiful and decently secluded campsites. Each site comes with a fire pit and a little picnic shelter. The mosquitoes and flies can be bad around dusk, but go away with the sun. The park is pretty breathtaking and I would recommend it to anyone who hasn't been. If you're lucky, you might have a coyote howl wakeup call!

Hipcamper Marshall
Marshall K.
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June 3rd, 2017

Good campsite for some quiet. The individual spots are pretty far apart so it was quiet and I didn't feel crowded at all. It was nice having the picnic table for cooking and eating. The camp isn't that close to the trails so I drove a short distance for daily hiking. There was a water source in the campsite only a short walk away. As noted in the description, the nearest restrooms and showers are about 3/4 of a mile away. I would stay here again.

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park
United States
Phone Number
(806) 488-2227
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34.939° N, 101.641° W
Tent / Van: 7 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)