Texas: Palo Duro Canyon State Park (2020)

Known as the Grand Canyon of Texas, Palo Duro Canyon State Park is the second largest canyon in the United States. There’s plenty for the visitor to do here, including hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Unfortunately, our mid-morning arrival meant that it was too hot to do any trails. The Texas Park and Wildlife Department requires reservations at this time, even for day use, to keep the visitor count manageable due to COVID-19 restrictions. We wore our masks when out of the Jeep.

We decided to treat this trip as a scouting trip. We checked out vantage points, angles, and time lapse locations.


The first opportunity to pull over after entering the state park offers this view.
We walked a little further down the clearly marked path and got a better view.

From here, we headed to the Visitor Center and Gift Shop area. The parking lot has an amazing viewpoint.

A look at the canyon from the overlook.

From there, we drove the rest of the auto route, including the alternate road.

A view from the side of the Visitor Center.
There were a couple of tourists posing for a telephoto shot out in the distance at this spot. We’ll probably do a cloud time lapse here.
On the alternate road, we stopped at a side area being used as a quarry and brush drop off. Still some amazing views. It had clearly been used as a picnic table area at one time.
What’s a road trip without a picture of our Jeep? 😀
There was some amazing cloud action that day.

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