| "It doesn't
take much imagination to see where the Prairie Dog Town fork of the
Red River once ran through. You can also see some of the roads down
in the canyon that I drove on later." - Terry
Palo Duro Canyon
State Park Information
11450 Park Road
Camping Reservations: 512-389-8900
Area Hotels Amarillo
Hotels | Canyon
Duro's Enduring Pageant by Mike Cox
"The show debuted in 1966 and grew into a summer tradition. Thanks
to news media exposure, local marketing efforts and old-fashioned
word of mouth, the pageant’s reputation built with each passing season.
In recent years, USA Today included it in its “Top 10 Must See Theaters
in America” and the American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Attractions
in North America.”
An estimated 4 million people have viewed the pageant over the last
50 years. In recent seasons, the show’s three-month run (six days
a week with Mondays off) has drawn about 65,000 annually.... more
Duro Gold Rush of 1949 by Mike Cox
Once upon a time, a shower of shiny gold coins fell from the sky
over Palo Duro Canyon State Park south of Amarillo. No, really.
This isn’t a fairy tale. That actually happened one Saturday in
the late spring of 1949, a decade and a half after the scenic and
history-rich Panhandle park opened to the public on July 4, 1934...
Agreement by Mike Cox
Dutch Henry and Charles Goodnight
"When Goodnight saw it, he realized he had found a near-perfect
location for a ranch. The canyon walls offered natural fencing for
his livestock and the flowing waters of the Prairie Dog Fork of
the Red River would keep the mouths of his cattle wet and nourish
the grass needed to fill their bellies." ...more
Search for Cibolo Cartoon by Roger T. Moore
A Tour of Palo
Duro Canyon State Park
Some of Texas'
most spectacular scenery in a 16,000 acre park with 1,000 foot cliffs.
Sit back and enjoy a small tour of Palo Duro Canyon. My photos cannot
capture the magnitude of this place and a wide angle lens would really
have come in handy, but I hope I can convey some of this marvelous
area to you through my pictures. - Terry
|Welcome to Palo
Duro Canyon. Now pay $4.00 to get in.
|Ladies and gentlemen,
we are beginning our descent.
|Once you start
driving down into the canyon, the various geological formations and
centuries of erosion start to reveal themselves.
|Enjoy the scenery
while using the convenient facilities. Showers are also available.
|Two of the more
distinctive features in Palo Duro Canyon are Capitol Peak (above and
in postcard below) and Lighthouse
Peak (see postcard below.) Lighthouse Peak can only be reached
by a hiking trail if your desire is to see this very remarkable formation
close-up. During my visit, I didn't have the energy to make the hike.
|This rock formation,
sticking up like a little thumb, is part of Capitol Peak.
of the canyon. Hope you liked my little tour.
Palo Duro State
Park - Old Postcards
|Camels Head Peak
Waterfall near Amarillo
Coronado Trail, Palo Duro Park"