Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park is located near Canyon , Texas.  Canyon is in the Panhandle Plains region of Texas.   The Texas State Parks web site has information and a map of the park.

This is a great park.  We will be back.  While we were here, we visited the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon.

Our campsite is below.

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The maps above show topographical maps of the park.   There are further topographical maps of the park at the same level of detail as the map on the above right in the More Pictures Here link.   Our campsite is marked by the blue diamond.  If you click on the maps, you can get a larger image.  Look at the elevations on the lines.  See how close the lines are.
There is a group of turkeys that visit the campsites in our area.  The turkey pictures below were taken in the campsite across the road from ours.  The turkeys seem to be drawn to the bushes with the red/orange berries like the one shown below on the right.

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The weather was mostly overcast with some extreme thunderstorms ripping through the area.

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Texas Legacies

There is a musical production that is performed every evening during the summer.  The musical is part Texas history and the 5 Diamonds Ranch history.  We really enjoyed the production.  The musical is performed in the park in a special outdoor amphitheator.  The backdrop for the stage is the Palo Duro Canyon walls itself.  True Texans will find the musical more moving than a trip to the Alamo in San Antonio.

For more information, go to the Texas Legacies web site.   We purchased tickets at the box office.  The prices I saw ranged from $17 to $35 a ticket.  We sat in the center top area and paid $27 per ticket.

Either get tickets in advance or go early.  We understand that on weekend nights, the show fills up.  The night we went had a considerable chance of rain which may have kept people away.  It didn't rain until one hour after the show ended.

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They don't allow cameras during the show.  I read that as they don't want cameras in the amphitheator.  It turns out, that cameras in the amphitheator are fine so long as they don't record the show.  So before, after, and during intermission is fine.

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I have a thing for windmills.  The following pictures were taken during a walk I took just as a sever series of thunderstorms rocked the canyon.  I left on the walk at 7:00 PM, turned back toward camp at 8:00 PM, ran most all of the way back to the trailer and arrived by 8:30.  By 9:00 PM, the storm had knocked out electricity to the campgrounds and was dumping enough rain that the roof on our trailer was leaking.

The park has a number of trails.  You could spend weeks walking all of the trails.  At each turn of the trail you get new breathtaking views.  The land is so rugged and beautiful.  The pictures don't do justice to the raw scale of the canyons.

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Below are the upstream and downstream views of a stream (river?) that runs through the park.  We tried to drive all the paved roads in the park.  There are 6 low water crossings (Texas bridges).  It hadn't rained for 8 hours and one of the low water crossings had a foot of water running over it.  We turned around at that one.  Two others had a few inches of water flowing over the roadbed.  Be aware that some campgrounds get cut off from civilization when it rains.

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