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
6 days ago

This is s MUST hike trail!!! The views are amazing and they get even better the higher up you go!! It goes from the canyon floor to the rim plus extra trails all over the top with spectacular views. Would not recommend this hike for small children but if older kids are able to hike 6 miles this is the trail you want!!! (6 round trip including looking around a bit from the top .... because you will )

hiking
8 days ago

Loved this trail!!! When the trail “ends” go left up the mountain then right at the top, you will see a bench that has a fantastic view of the lighthouse!!! We hiked to the flat “table top” area on the light house and the view was amazing !!!! If we had stopped at the trail end I would have been disappointed .

Good trail. No shade so wear a hate and sunscreen and bring plenty of water.

hiking
1 month ago

Would have been nice to be able to hike to the very top. Trail just ends so a little disappointing. But the views of all the rocks was great!

hiking
1 month ago

It's nice to go early in the morning. Beautiful views on this trail. If you go in the summer make sure to bring big spray, especially if you go early in the morning, and also wear light clothes that protect you from the sun. Go to the left when you get to the point that says you've reached the end of the trail and you will hike uphill to Lighthouse Rock and that's where the amazing views are!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months ago

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!