Canyon Finds in Texas

For those of you who don’t know (me included, until May of this year) the panhandle of Texas (the rectangular part at the top) is home to the second largest canyon in the country. Yep, that’s right – in the middle of nowhere Texas lies an extremely large, extremely gorgeous Palo Duro Canyon with much to do beside it. My family and I got the opportunity to experience it firsthand: hiking, horseback riding, and visiting the few tourist spots around the area. Palo Duro is located near Amarillo, TX, about 6 hours north of Dallas. The drive itself is a beating but once you arrive, you are really taken aback by the beauty of the canyon. If you are ever in the area check out some of these fun, family friendly options:

  • Hiking the Lighthouse Trail all the way up to the top of the canyon
  • Watching TEXAS, an outdoor musical drama, at the bottom of the canyon
  • Horseback Riding at the Palo Duro Riding Stables
  • Having dinner at The Big Texan and watching to see if anyone can complete the 72oz challenge
  • Stopping by Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo to check out an iconic artsy spot along Route 66

A couple of hints when planning your trip to Palo Duro –

  • Plan to go either in the Spring or Fall when it’s cooler as the canyon’s temperatures are higher than the cities around it
  • Bring a lot of water and sunscreen, snacks and insect repellent to ensure you remain hydrated and refrain from burning in the hot Texas sun
  • Go on your hikes early in the morning and spend your afternoons horseback riding, zip lining, or jeep riding, checking out other parts of the canyon as well

A trip to Palo Duro is highly recommended if you are in the area. It’s a sight to be seen and crazy to think it’s been so close all this time!