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Welcome to Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon

Starting about a million years ago a branch of the Red River carved a massive canyon through the northern Texas plains. The walls of the Palo Duro Canyon plunge down to 1,000ft (305m) at points, exposing the multi-layered coloured rock strata. The colours are particularly brightly picked out on the spires and pinnacles that the forces of nature have carved out on the canyon floor. The Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a few miles east of Amarillo, reached via Texas 217 highway. The park offers picnic and camping facilities, a visitor's centre with a shop, an amphitheatre where shows are staged, and horseback riding trips. The park also has a famous historic site where the last great battle between troops and Indians took place in Texas. In 1874 Colonel Ranald Mackenzie and his 4th Cavalry defeated a large band of Native Americans camped in the canyon and transported them to reservations in Oklahoma.

Information & Facts

The park is located about 12 miles (19km) east of Canyon, on State Highway 217
$5 (adults); children under 13 are free; group adult rates ($2) are available, with prior arrangement
English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

Opening Times
October to March: Sunday-Thursday 8am to 6pm, Friday to Saturday 8am to 8pm; April to May: Sunday to Thursday 8am to 8pm, Friday to Saturday 8am to 10pm; June to August: Daily 8am to 10pm; September: Sunday to Thursday 8am to 8pm, Friday to Saturday 8am to 10pm
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