Rock Garden Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews

Rock Garden Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canyon, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.3 miles
725 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




mountain biking

nature trips



wild flowers



Rock Garden Trail climbs from a field of boulders at the bottom of the canyon to the Rylander Fortress Cliff Trail along the canyons rim.

2 days ago

This was a fun trail to hike. Very interesting and entertaining. Was kinda disappointed at the end that there wasn’t a spectacular view but had many along the route there! Hiked Lighthouse one day and this the next. Of the two this was the more interesting and challenging terrain, but lighthouse is spectacular at the end of the hike!

27 days ago

Easily one of my favorite trails in the canyon, fun to shred on a bike too!

1 month ago

Easy trail with a stellar view. We had to cut the hike short because we didn’t have enough water for 2 adults and 4 dogs and we were pretty bummed about it. The hour and a half we spent on it was totally worth it and I would go back in a heartbeat. Trailhead is easy to find and it’s a steady uphill hike. This park was perfect to camp in and the rangers were so helpful and nice.

1 month ago

Very well laid out trail from the canyon floor to the rim. the switch backs could not be laid out better making the trail easy for most anyone to do.

3 months ago

very pretty trail. gets to top of ridge and then you can take a couple of other trails along there. we will go again!

4 months 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 )

6 months 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!

7 months 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.

8 months ago

Loved this trail. I would recommend skipping going to the top of the rim and doing the trail up there. There are better views throughout this trail than you get from the top.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fun hike with great views especially at the top. Not too hard for the average hiker.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A nice hike. Did it in November and didn't see another person til about lunch time

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Did this on our second day of hiking. It was a little harder than the lighthouse trail due to the inclines during the hike. The trail ends at the top of the rim but take a left and you will be on a trail that runs along the rim and has some great views. The trail is unique as it is the one of two that go from the floor to the rim.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Did this trail on 9/4/16 on a cloudy day. A little bit of an incline almost all the way up and a few sections are quite steep. Watch out for those snakes, though! Saw a grand daddy rattler about 5' long at the top of this trail.........My favorite trail in the park!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fun and a little challenging due to the incline. There are a couple of good places to sit and look out over the canyon. I hiked it with my 14 year old daughter and golden retriever. Great views along the way.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Great views and it's a doable add on to the Rock Garden Trail which is the only way to access it. There are no trail signs along the rim and many meandering small Spurs. It's hard to know which is the actual trail, but I would definitely do it again.

Monday, June 27, 2016

I love this trail! It's a little challenging but doable for most people. It offers amazing views from the rim, where it connects to the Rylander Fortress Cliff Trail.

Monday, May 09, 2016

My 3 kids and I hiked this trail. It was a great hike and might have pushed the kids to their limit (my kids are troopers). It took us a couple hours to the top. There are a few High areas of the trail that are very narrow with complete drop offs. This area made me a little nervous for my little ones. Awesome rock formations!!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Badly marked. We followed what we thought was the trail on the rim of the canyon. Eventually the trail (and bright pink tree markings) died out. We kept going and reached a vehicle trail which looped back to the Rock Garden trail. Rock Garden and this impromptu Fortress Cliff trail combo ended up being about 11 miles total.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Hiked this trail on a perfect warm,clear day (70° ish). Moderate but would rate it difficult for a novice hiker. Beautiful and Scenic! You will see all kinds of wildlife out and about in their element (flocks of wild Turkey, rattlesnakes basking in the sun). A little more secluded than Lighthouse trail. Passed 2 hikers going up and 1 cyclist going down. Will make a point to hike this trail on all my visits to the Canyon. Don’t forget to grab a burg at the Trading Post. You will not be disappointed.

Monday, March 07, 2016

I hike this trail several times a season. This is not an extremely difficult trail, but it is quite the workout. I take my dog on this trail all the time and have never had a problem. This trail is nice because it is a bit secluded and has very few people packing it. By far my favorite for Palo Duro Canyon trails. If you have never hiked in Palo Duro you do need to hike the Lighthouse atleast one time to go see the formation, the trail its self is not all that great.

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