Calendar of Events


July 21, 2017 - 4:00pm -- Big Shaggy: The American Buffalo

No creature has quite captured the American imagination like the Bison. Come to the Visitor Center to learn all about this incredible creature and its legacy.

Prepare: All that you need is your listening ears and an interest in the bison.

Meet: At the El Coronado Lodge Visitor Center, 3/4 of a mile inside the park gates.

Fees: Regular park entrance fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.

July 21, 2017 - 8:00pm -- Art Camp Walk

Below the Palo Duro Canyon Visitor Center are the remains of one of the earliest camp sites in the park, known as the Art Camp. Take an interpretive walk through this fascinating area and learn about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corp who built it and the local college students who studied their craft there.

Prepare: The majority of the walk is easy, but do come prepared to climb down several flights of stairs to get to the camp, then back out at the end. Wear good hiking or walking shoes and bring water to drink.

Meet: At the El Coronado Lodge Visitor Center, 3/4 of a mile inside the park gates. Plan to arrive at the park gates at least 15 minutes before the program starts to ensure that you will make it on time.

Fees: Regular park entrance fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.

July 22, 2017 - 3:00pm -- Geology Tour of Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon is amazing for many reasons, but nothing is more impressive than the geology you can see in the canyon's walls. Come along for a drive through the park to learn about the fascinating rocks and minerals that make up the place.

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear good walking or hiking shoes and bring water to drink. While this is not a hike, short walks will be taken to see the geology up close. Sign up is required, so visit park headquarters to put your name on the list. Be sure to arrive on time as your seat will be given to an alternate if you are late. Children are welcome on the tour, but they must be old enough to ride in the state van without a car or booster seat. No pets allowed.

Meet: At park headquarters; look for the big white vans parked out front.

Fees: Regular park entrance fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.

July 22, 2017 - 7:00pm -- Atlatl in the Evening

The atlatl is an ancient weapon and tool used to fight and hunt. Join the park interpreter to learn about this amazing technology, and then you'll have a chance to actually use it! It's a ton of fun for the whole family.

Prepare: Dress for the weather and bring water to drink. A camp chair is recommended for sitting while you wait your turn.

Meet: At park headquarters. Look for the uniformed park interpreter out front.

Fees: Regular park entrance fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.

July 29, 2017 - 3:00pm -- Geology Tour of Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon is amazing for many reasons, but nothing is more impressive than the geology you can see in the canyon's walls. Come along for a drive through the park to learn about the fascinating rocks and minerals that make up the place.

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear good walking or hiking shoes and bring water to drink. While this is not a hike, short walks will be taken to see the geology up close. Sign up is required, so visit park headquarters to put your name on the list. Be sure to arrive on time as your seat will be given to an alternate if you are late. Children are welcome on the tour, but they must be old enough to ride in the state van without a car or booster seat. No pets allowed.

Meet: At park headquarters; look for the big white vans parked out front.

Fees: Regular park entrance fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.

July 29, 2017 - 8:00pm -- Sunset Hike

The only thing that rivals Palo Duro Canyon's beauty is the sunset above it. Join the park interpreter for this moderately difficult guided hike to enjoy the sunset.

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear good hiking shoes or boots and bring plenty of water to drink for all participants (four legged ones too!). This hike will be moderately difficult and will be just under 1.5 miles in length. Please plan to arrive at the park at least 30 minutes before the hike's start time to ensure that you make it on time.

Meet: At the Visitor Center, located 3/4 of a mile inside the park gates.

Fees: Regular park entrance fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.



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