Calendar of Events


November 22, 2017 - 11:00am -- Canyon Driving Tour

Is your family in town for Thanksgiving? Would you like to share Palo Duro Canyon with them? Join us for a driving tour of one of Texas' most scenic state parks in the comfort of our van. Learn about the flora, fauna, geology, and history of the canyon, and have a chance to have your questions answered.

Prepare: A signup sheet will be located at the gatehouse. This event is limited to the first 14 people who sign up. There are also spaces for alternates, but alternates will only have a seat if there is a no-show. Children must be old enough to ride in the van without a car or booster seat, and no pets are allowed in the state vehicle.

Meet: At the gatehouse. Look for the big white van parked out front.

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

November 22, 2017 - 2:00pm -- Turkey Trek

It's turkey time in Texas! Come out to Palo Duro Canyon State Park to learn a bit about these fascinating birds, then enjoy a hike through the canyon floor in search of some of the interesting critters.

Prepare: Dress for the weather and wear good hiking boots or tennis shoes. Cameras and binoculars would be useful, but not required! Please leave your pets at home for this one, as they may scare away the birds.

Meet: At the Chinaberry Day Use Area, located just beyond the first water crossing. Plan to arrive at the park gates by 1:30pm to ensure that you make it to the hike on time.

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

November 24, 2017 - 11:00am -- Green Friday Hike

Instead of fighting the Black Friday crowds at the mall this year, join the park interpreter for a peaceful walk through the beauty of Palo Duro Canyon on our Green Friday Hike.

Prepare: Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes or boots. Cameras, bug spray, binoculars, leashed pets, and plenty of water to drink are all welcome on this hike. Plan to arrive at the park gates by 10:30am to ensure that you make it to the hike on time.

Meet: At the Chinaberry Day Use Area, located just beyond the first water crossing.

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

November 24, 2017 - 2:00pm -- Canyon Driving Tour

Is your family in town for Thanksgiving? Would you like to share Palo Duro Canyon with them? Join us for a driving tour of one of Texas' most scenic state parks in the comfort of our van. Learn about the flora, fauna, geology, and history of the canyon, and have a chance to have your questions answered.

Prepare: A signup sheet will be located at the gatehouse. This event is limited to the first 14 people who sign up. There are also spaces for alternates, but alternates will only have a seat if there is a no-show. Children must be old enough to ride in the van without a car or booster seat, and no pets are allowed in the state vehicle.

Meet: At the gatehouse. Look for the big white van parked out front.

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

November 25, 2017 - 2:00pm -- Atlatl in the Afternoon

For thousands of years, the atlatl was the main hunting tool all across the world. If you're not sure what an atlatl is, come learn about this ancient technology and have an opportunity to actually use one yourself.

Prepare: Dress comfortably for the weather, wear good walking shoes or boots and bring water to drink. This event is outside in an exposed area, so hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.

Meet: At park headquarters. Look for the park interpreter in uniform.

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

November 25, 2017 - 5:00pm -- Sunset Hike

The only thing that rivals Palo Duro Canyon’s beauty is the sun setting over it. Come experience a hike down the fascinating CCC trail that ends with a panoramic view of the sunset over the canyon walls. This hike will be about 1 mile in length and will be on easy to moderate terrain.

Prepare: Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes or boots. Bring plenty of water to drink and a flashlight or headlamp for after the sun goes down.

Meet: At the scenic overlook parking, located ¾ of a mile inside the park’s gate. Plan to arrive at the park gates by 4:30pm to ensure that you make it to the hike on time.

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



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