Park activities include camping, horseback riding, hiking, nature study, bird watching, mountain biking, and scenic drives. While in the park, stop by and enjoy our Visitor Center located on the Canyon Rim. This rustic native stone building was constructed by the CCC in 1934 and houses a Museum and Museum Store. The store is located in the Visitor Center and features books, potter, jewelry, and educational items pertaining to the Canyon.

hiking
7 hours ago

This is one of my most favorite trails at the Canyon. It might be a little bit difficult for a novice hiker, as there are a few treacherous spots, but there are lots of places to take breaks and take in the views. I recommend going left at the end of Rock Garden Trail and hiking along the rim, the views are fantastic and you might even see some aoudad sheep!

This isn't my favorite trail in Texas-not sure why everyone loves it so much-there is basically no shade, no water and it takes a lot of work to get to the top. My sister was getting bitten by horseflies constantly, legit bad welp bites. They go for blood-caution to any ladies out there hiking around "that time of the month".

We started at 8am with a group of 6-half the group turned back at the 1.5 mile mark, the other half went all the way to the top, past the "end of trail" marker. Stopping at the point we were supposed to would've been hugely disappointing! Finished just before noon-one of us was hiking slow and the heat was awful! 101 degrees, it was only 90 at the top of the canyon. All of us drank every last drop of the recommended gallon of water we each had. And, I am a regular hiker from South Texas, I'm accustomed to heat but this was unbearable. Maybe the worst idea I've ever had.

Yes, it's pretty, but nothing you need to hike 5+ miles to see. Big Bend, anywhere in the Hill Country or Guadalupe Mountains makes for a much better hike any day!

Mostly easy trail until you get up to the lighthouse then you have to do a little bouldering to get there. Felt great afterwards!

trail running
24 days ago

Lighthouse trail was a nice lightly moderate trail. About 5.5 miles out and back with a few ups and downs. The worse part was the horse flies. They are no joke!

About as good as it is going to get in the Palo Duro. The lighthouse is in a really cool secluded part of the canyon and has some great views. Make sure you try and climb to the top of the rock next to the lighthouse!

Very easy, shaded.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail, awesome views

hiking
1 month ago

This is by far the most popular trail in Palo Duro Canyon. Expect large crowds on the weekends, and pretty much anytime during the summer. It is a great hike and pretty easy; although there is a short, very steep climb at the end in order to reach the lighthouse formation. Bring plenty of water, there are no water sources on this trail and heat injuries are common during the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

I'm a beginner hiker. This trail about killed me. But it really was amazing. Great views! There is some shade, but the heat of the day will definitely get you if you're not careful. We took our time and hiked for a couple of hours, and it was great. Very few people. Lots of lizards. Amazing views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! My husband and I took this hike on our honeymoon. It's a great trail - challenging in the heat I would imagine. There is very little shade. But we had a really nice day.

Some people turned around at the picnic table just under the lighthouse formation. But the trail actually takes you onto the formation itsefl - so don't stop!

Really fun trail, good payoff

Beautiful trail, hike up to lighthouse is a bit challenging, but worth it.

There are a bunch of trails here for all types of hikers (not the super advanced). I've already reviewed Lighthouse. The easy trails like Sunflower are pleasant but not boring (for the most part). Make sure you bring water, even on shorter or easier trails. A walking stick is helpful. Sunscreen. Bug spray (advisable). These are "active" trails without too many benches, scenic overlooks and such. I wanted to try the difficult trails but after two days of hiking the lovely wife said "enough!" We'll be going back in the fall or early spring.