Calendar of Events


January 20, 2018 - 7:00pm -- Star Party

What is your place in the cosmos?

Come to Palo Duro Canyon State park to explore the night sky with the park interpreter. Learn about our place in the universe and some of the fascinating stories humans have used to understand the stars throughout history. The park's new 10'' telescope will be available for viewing of the night sky.

Prepare: Dress for the weather and come prepared to sit outdoors. Wooden bench seating is available at the amphitheater, but you are welcome to bring a blanket to spread on the ground or a camp chair to sit in. Flashlights will be needed for coming to and leaving the area, and lights with red filters work the best. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are welcome.

Meet: At the Lone Star Interpretive Theater, located in the middle of Hackberry Camping Loop. Please look for the flashing arrows that will direct you to the party's location. Plan to arrive at the park gate no later than 6:30 to ensure that you make it to the party on time.

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

January 27, 2018 - 10:00am -- Canyon Driving Tour

Take a driving tour of scenic Palo Duro Canyon State Park 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.

January 27, 2018 - 3:00pm -- Tour of ''The Village''

Below the Palo Duro Canyon State Park Visitor Center are the remains of one of the earliest camp sites in the park - known as the Art Camp or The Village. 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. The weather is unpredictable at this time of year, so check the forecast and dress appropriately.

Meet: At the El Coronado Lodge Visitor Center, 3/4 of a mile inside the park gates. Please plan to arrive at the park entrance no later than 2:30pm 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.

February 3, 2018 - 10:00am -- Canyon Driving Tour

Take a driving tour of scenic Palo Duro Canyon State Park 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.

February 3, 2018 - 2:00pm -- We Can Take It! The CCC in Palo Duro Canyon

Come learn the inspiring history of the men who built Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Civilian Conservation Corps. There will be a half-hour presentation featuring the history of the CCC's work in the park, followed by a hike down the CCC trail which was used by the CCC enrollees to get to their daily work sites.

Prepare: Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes or boots. Bring plenty of water to drink. The hiking trail is only moderately difficult, but it does feature a lot of downhill walking. Those with knee or other joint problems may find it difficult. Visitors are welcome to only attend the presentation if they do not wish to go on the hike. Friendly pets are welcome on the hike, but they must be leashed, they must have water to drink, and they are not allowed inside the visitor center before the hike.

Meet: At the El Coronado Lodge visitor center, located one half mile into the park from the gatehouse. Plan to arrive at the park gate by 1:30pm to ensure that you make it to the Visitor Center on time.

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

February 10, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm -- Old Time Sweethearts Dance

February is the most romantic month of the year. It's also often the coldest! Come shake off those winter blues at the first ever Palo Duro Canyon State Park Valentines Sweethearts Dance! Bring your dance partner out and spend some time dancing cheek-to-cheek.

Prepare: Put on your dancing shoes and come out to Palo Duro Canyon State Park ready to boogie. This dance will be located in a climate-controlled building, so dress appropriately. Refreshments will be served, and music will range from old time favorites to the new and popular. All ages are welcome.

Meet: At the Mack Dick Group Pavilion, the first building on the left once you reach the floor of the canyon.

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

February 17, 2018 - 10:00am -- Canyon Driving Tour

Take a driving tour of scenic Palo Duro Canyon State Park 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.

February 17, 2018 - 2:00pm -- Lower Comanche Trail Nature Walk

Explore the flora, fauna, geology, and history of Palo Duro Canyon on this easy 1.5 mile hike. This hike will last about 2 hours.

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear good hiking shoes or boots, and bring plenty of water. Friendly pets are welcome, but they must be leashed and have their own supply of water. Plan to arrive at the entrance to the park by 1:30pm to ensure that you will make it to the hike on time.

Meet: At the Mack Dick Group Pavilion parking lot. The hike will end near Hackberry Campsite and participants can either hike back to the trail head or catch a ride with the ranger.

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



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