Palo Duro Canyon: A True Texas Gem

Nothing says spring like getting outside and enjoying Mother Nature and sunshine. Hikers, bikers, water sports enthusiasts, RV enthusiasts- no matter how you prefer to enjoy time outside, there is plenty of beautiful countryside in the great state of Texas for everyone to enjoy and explore year-round. From botanical gardens to nature preserves and walking trails to scenic waterways, visitors to Texas will have no problem finding spots to enjoy and explore this spring and beyond.

Texas visitors game for an adventure will enjoy checking out Palo Duro Canyon, just outside of Amarillo. Sometimes referred to as “the Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon is the second-largest canyon in the United States and is endlessly fun for visitors to explore. More than 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails await visitors who want to explore the rugged and picturesque beauty of this exquisite site in the Texas panhandle. With a variety of ways to explore and enjoy the natural beauty of this extensive area, visitors will love every second of their time at Palo Duro Canyon.

Unique ways to explore Palo Duro Canyon

  1. Hit the trails on horseback. Enjoy an afternoon on the trails with a four-legged companion that can help you explore the natural beauty of Palo Duro Canyon. Perfect for travelers ages 6 and older, trail rides typically take about an hour and can enable guests to explore and see a lot of wildlife up close. If you’re ready to ride, you won’t want to miss this fun Palo Duro Canyon excursion!
  2. Go off-roading in a Jeep. Take to the scenery on four wheels on a tour designed to help you cover a lot of ground and see a lot of sites at Palo Duro. Select a tour that is one, two or three hours in length and enjoy time taking in the sights with your travel companions. You’ll have a blast exploring new terrain in these fun vehicles.
  3. Roll through the canyon on a bike of your choosing. Although there aren’t any guided mountain biking tours through Palo Duro Canyon, visitors can rent a bike locally during their trip and hit the trails- with a helmet on, of course! There is no shortage of trails perfect for biking, and guests should have no trouble tailoring their trek to suit the travelers in their group. So grab a bike and get exploring!
  4. Explore the best of Amarillo and Palo Duro Canyon with a unique day trip. If you’re hoping to cover a lot of ground in one day, you might want to check out this tour that accommodates up to six guests. Guests can explore downtown Amarillo, Cadillac Ranch and more while also checking out the beautiful sites at Palo Duro Canyon. Hit all the highlights in the Amarillo area with this unique tour.

Amarillo lodging

If you’re planning a getaway to Amarillo, you’ll want to check out the available lodging options at Fort Amarillo RV Park. Conveniently located along I-40, Fort Amarillo has lots of amenities for travelers as well as a central location that enables you to navigate the area easily. Guests will enjoy the stream-fed fishing pond, on-site gift shop, illuminated walking paths and more. Amarillo is a great spot for a getaway to help you enjoy the magic and scenery the great state of Texas offers residents and guests alike. Happy trails, folks!


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