Witness nearly 30,000 acres of pristine, untouched wilderness at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” this state park has been preserved since 1934, but has been settled by humans since as far back as 12,000 years ago, when nomadic tribes wandered the idyllic region. Early Spanish explorers who stumbled across the region referred to it as “palo duro,” meaning “hard wood,” referring to the native juniper and mesquite trees in the area.
The Palo Duro Canyon is the second-largest canyon in the U.S., inferior only to the majestic Grand Canyon. 120 miles long, 20 miles wide, and 800 feet deep, the Palo Duro Canyon was carved out of the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River. Now, people regularly come to the canyon to take in its beauty, camp in the state park, hike the various trails, or have cookouts at the picnic tables with grills in the area. You can even stop by the interpretive center & gift shop to learn about the history of the canyons and see museum exhibits, or utilize the state park’s onsite horse rentals to go horseback riding.
Additionally, if you want to see a historic ranch, head to the JA Ranch on the park’s lands. Though far from its original size from its peak in 1874 until 1890, the ranch remains a working facility today where you can glimpse into the canyon’s cattle-driving past.
There are plenty of campsites where you can spend the weekend at Palo Duro Canyon, too, ranging from cabin rentals to tent camping to RV campsites. It’s a great place to take an RV that you’ve just gotten from us here at Hanner RV Supercenter—or, if you need an RV to take somewhere like Palo Duro Canyon, we’re the place to go.