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Palo Duro Canyon

#1 Post by piller » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:33 pm

My wife and I just got back from spending a few days in the Palo Duro Canyon. It is 30 minutes from Amarillo Texas in the Panhandle. As the Second largest canyon in the U.S., it is also worth a visit. The paved road runs all the way to the bottom, and there hiking trails all over. Got a horse? Take it and ride the horse only trails. Want to stay in a cabin on the rim? There are a couple of cabins built by the WPA which can be rented. Better book way in advance since they are highly desired. Want to stay in your trailer? Lots of hookups for your trailer, and there is a dump station in the canyon. No, it is not primitive, but it is pretty close to back to nature if you want it. There is also an amphitheater where a musical play is performed. It gives sort of a picture of the settling of Texas.

We had a good time, and walked a lot. It was hot, about 97 to 99 degrees. At the Bar-b-cue meal before the show, we shared a picnic table with an Australian who came in 44th at that world cup shooting match held in the same city this year as where the Bianchi cup is held.

It is worth a try. I recommend the Palo Duro for a visit with kids. Take lots of water and go hike in a piece of the Old West.
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#2 Post by Nate Kiowa Jones » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:46 am

piller wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:33 pm
My wife and I just got back from spending a few days in the Palo Duro Canyon. It is 30 minutes from Amarillo Texas in the Panhandle. As the Second largest canyon in the U.S., it is also worth a visit. The paved road runs all the way to the bottom, and there hiking trails all over. Got a horse? Take it and ride the horse only trails. Want to stay in a cabin on the rim? There are a couple of cabins built by the WPA which can be rented. Better book way in advance since they are highly desired. Want to stay in your trailer? Lots of hookups for your trailer, and there is a dump station in the canyon. No, it is not primitive, but it is pretty close to back to nature if you want it. There is also an amphitheater where a musical play is performed. It gives sort of a picture of the settling of Texas.

We had a good time, and walked a lot. It was hot, about 97 to 99 degrees. At the Bar-b-cue meal before the show, we shared a picnic table with an Australian who came in 44th at that world cup shooting match held in the same city this year as where the Bianchi cup is held.

It is worth a try. I recommend the Palo Duro for a visit with kids. Take lots of water and go hike in a piece of the Old West.

A really unique experience. I've seen the show three time now.
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#3 Post by piller » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:14 am

Nate, PillHer wants to go back next year and see it again. She grew up on that sort of musical/play, and she loved it. Not many plays honor the State Flag as well as the American Flag.
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#4 Post by Pitchy » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:14 am

Great place, Norma and I stayed there three days in the van a couple years ago. :)
Did ya see that little ranch on the right just before ya get to the pay station that`s half hanging over the rim, I still can`t figure out how they built over the edge.
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#5 Post by twobit » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:39 am

We have visited a couple of times and it is a wonderful destination.

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#6 Post by .45colt » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:54 am

Good to know about, We may be getting to Texas sometime in retirement. another terrific canyon to visit is Canyon de chelly in Arizona .We spent some time there before going to Monument Valley . https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/ ... fr=yfp-t-s

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#7 Post by Stevie » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:46 am

Yeh….The Palo Duro canyon is a pretty decent area for a vacation stop. The Panhandle Plains museum in Canyon(City of) is an excellent place to kill a few hours. There is a small but growing aviation museum in Amarillo...plus a zoo....and several other museums worthy of a visit. The 'Cadillac Ranch' is west of Amarillo a couple miles if you like to spray paint on old cars sticking out of the middle of a sorghum field...


I've found that motel rooms are easier and cheaper to book in Amarillo than in the city of Canyon...Lots of things to see in the Amarillo/Canyon Texas area

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#8 Post by crs » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:55 pm

My family spent a couple nights there as the first stop on a multi day vacation in a rented motor home.

We liked the horseback rides and the show with the simulated thunderstorm lightening, but the real show came around midnight in the form of a REAL Panhandle lightening storm and heavy rain that threatened to flood the canyon bottom stream where we were camped.
I was raised in Borger about 60 mi north of the canyon and the real storm that night was a doozy.

Driving out of the canyon was a b... h, as the motor home ran fine on level ground but lousy going uphill.
How we made it out through northern New Mexico and back was a wonder.
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#9 Post by piller » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:08 am

We stopped at the Cadillac Ranch. PillHer wasn't impressed. I thought it was cool that someone left cans of spray paint there daily for anyone to paint whatever they wanted.

There was a thunderstorm while we were there. Growing up on the upper end of the Llano Estacado, thunderstorms are still worth paying attention to.

My Dad left a lot of buried magnesium anodes in the Borger, Dumas, Canadian, Dalhart, Perryton area while working for Panhandle Eastern. He worked corrosion control on the well heads. His Mentor was Waldo Graber, one of the pioneers in cathodic protection for oil and natural gas wells.

We stayed in Amarillo. It was cheaper for the same level of hotel.

That ranch on the right which sits on the rim of the canyon is still there. It has zipline rides and both horse and jeep tours now.

PillHer thought it was too dry out there. She said she didn't want to live there.
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#10 Post by crs » Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:38 am

"PillHer thought it was too dry out there. She said she didn't want to live there."

One of the reasons that I moved south, to see more trees.
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#11 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:08 am

This is very high on my list -- maybe this fall. I have been to the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon with my daughter maybe 20 years ago. Loved it.
Charles, my grandmother grew up on her father's ranch in Plemmons -- now vanished -- across the Canadian from Borger and just upstream from the Dixon ranch. Her papa, Champion Travis Traylor, was a rancher and schoolteacher and served a term as a judge in Hutchinson County in the late Teens or early Twenties. He sold the ranch to his daughter Cora and son-in-law Mannie Brazil and retired to Denver.
I'll probably re-read "Empire of the Summer Moon" again before visiting Palo Duro.
Here's Ellie on that Panhandle visit about 20 years ago -- at the site of the Battle of the Adobe Walls on the Turkey Track Ranch. Very fond memories.

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#12 Post by crs » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:56 pm

Nice picture- is that a tree there inside the fence? Could be 50 years old with the dry country all around.
At least it is not a mesquite tree.
When you are back in the area, a visit to Palo Duro Canyon should be on your agenda.
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#13 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:06 pm

Charles, don't worry -- it's on my agenda. Wonder if there is any hog hunting up in that country.

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#14 Post by Pitchy » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:21 pm

We went too Adobe Walls sight also , long drive in on a dirt road huh Bill thought we were going to run out of gas.
I have pictures of both places but they're on good ole PB and can`t post them. :roll:
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#15 Post by BlaineG » Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:14 pm

I've driven through the area and noted it's a beautiful place.
I should have my new Alaskan Camper pretty soon and everytime I can round up some gas money I want to go see some more of my Great Country and some friends as long as I can manage it.
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#16 Post by jeepnik » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:30 pm

I have to admit to never having been there. Retirement looms, something to add to the list.
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#17 Post by crs » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:05 pm

bill,
Aoudad and mule deer, but it may be a bit dry for feral hogs.
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