Rock Garden to Fortress Bluff Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Rock Garden to Fortress Bluff Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canyon, Texas that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

9.4 miles
1,145 feet
Out & Back



nature trips



off trail

10 mile round trip hike from the Rock Garden trail head then to the Fortress Bluff trail to the fractured rock. Take a lot of water. The trails are not marked passed the Rock Garden trail.

8 months ago

Nice day hike, once you reach top of Mesa, keep left for walking along canyon rim for great views, or go right to a Jeep trail to the south rim and some great views of the south canyon. The trail to the Duct pond veers slightly to the southeast, and is hard to see so keep a lookout, trail turns east to a steep descent, then take a right turn where two Jeep trail meet. Likely to be dry unless there has been recent rains. Take plenty of water, watch for snakes on the south Jeep trail.

9 months ago

Pretty long hike, do it in the morning as it gets hot throughout the day. Did this in late March, probably be pretty tough to do it in summer. Got lots of great views. If you are up for a long hike, this is better and less trafficked than lighthouse

11 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Palo Duro Canyon. Great views but be careful when it’s windy because the trial gets about two feet from the edge of the cliff.

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