Palo Duro Canyon State Park ($35 total – $25 for camping + $5 each for park entrance fee) is located on the southern high plains amidst a shortgrass prairie in the panhandle of Texas about 20 miles south of Amarillo. Well worth the short detour off I-40.
Palo Duro Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of Texas, has a steep descent into the canyon – a 10% grade for 2 miles, dropping almost 1000 ft real quick.
We were assigned spot #88 in the Mequite campground in the far back of the park, about 8 miles into the canyon. Palo Duro Canyon is 120 miles long, 20 miles wide and 800 feet deep.
Very large RV spot with plenty of space and foliage between, a fire ring (although there was a burn ban while we were there), a picnic table with canopy for shade. Trails right off the campsite, Maui just loved hiking here.
Very quiet and peaceful. No phone, no Internet signal. A pack of wild turkeys roamed through our spot foraging. In the middle of the night we heard a coyote howl. There are also a few Texas Longhorns at the entrance of the park.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful parks in the USA! The rock ranges in color from deep red shales and white gypsum on the floor of the canyon, to red, lavender and yellow layers of sandstone, mudstone and shale then to pink and tan at the rim. A stream runs through the valley with lush green vegetation all around.
For a state park, the bathrooms were very clean and the showers had great water pressure.