The “Grand Canyon of Texas”. The second largest canyon in the country. That’s Palo Duro Canyon in Canyon, Texas. My son has been attending school there and is starting his third year next week. In all that time, all those times we visited him in Canyon, we had never been to the actual canyon . . . until this month. My husband, youngest daughter, and I finally made the short trip from town. The canyon is a site to behold and my pictures don’t do it justice!
It was a beautiful 80-something degrees in the town of Canyon and 90-something down in the canyon. We were told that that’s the norm – about 10 degrees hotter in the canyon than out. Admission is $5/person and 12 and under are free. There are camping sites, hiking trails, horseback riding, a scenic bus tour, an information center, and an “outpost” where you can get a bite to eat and all the souvenirs you could want. The information center houses a gift shop as well as a small museum where you can learn the fascinating history of the canyon.
We weren’t prepared for hiking, unfortunately, so we took our own driving tour into part of the canyon. Here are a few of the shots I took:
It’s a bit ironic that such a large canyon can be found so close to such a small town. I’m not sure that a lot of people even know about Canyon. When we tell people where our son is attending school, we get a blank look and then the question, “Where’s that?”. Well, it’s about an hour and a half north of Lubbock and a hop, skip, and a jump south of Amarillo. I believe they call that portion of the state “West Texas”, which seems weird to me since it’s way north. Either way, it’s a neat place to visit and I’m glad we finally got there.
You can check out more about it here. If you go in the summer, just be prepared for hot weather – plenty of water. And don’t forget your camera.
Happy exploring! 🏕🗺😊