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What Are The Well Liked Rental Amenities in Palo Duro Canyon, TX?

Top Rental Amenities in Palo Duro Canyon, TX

Above shows the popular amenities in Palo Duro Canyon and the number of the rental properties associated with each amenity. In Palo Duro Canyon, 1921 rentals offer Air Conditioning, 1907 rentals offer Internet or Wifi, 1853 rentals offer TV. So, if you need Air Conditioning during your vacation, use the Air Conditioning filter to compare these properties. Two amenities that are not typical are Hot Tub, Pets Friendly.

Which Price Range Is Most Typical in Palo Duro Canyon, TX Area?

Vacation House & Condo Rental Price Information in Palo Duro Canyon, TX

The graph shows the percentages of vacation homes in each price bucket. Palo Duro Canyon has the largest percentage (25.45%) of homes in $100 - $150 price range.
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How Many Accommodations Are Pets Allowed in Palo Duro Canyon, TX?
Percentage of Pet Friendly Rental Properties in Palo Duro Canyon, TX
17.26% of vacation homes in Palo Duro Canyon are pet friendly. Either you bring your loved pets on vacation or you have pet allergies, make sure to select the homes by applying the right filters.
What Are The Must-Visit Places in Palo Duro Canyon, TX?
Tourist Attractions In Palo Duro Canyon, TX

When you have only limited times to spend in Palo Duro Canyon, we highly recommend you to visit those famous places:

Which Airports Should I Choose To Get To Palo Duro Canyon, TX?
Top Airports in Palo Duro Canyon, TX

1 airport(s) close to Palo Duro Canyon are:

What are the must-visit places in Palo Duro Canyon, TX?
Must See Attractions

Palo Duro Canyon State Park offers many activities, including mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. It is a popular area for bird watchers as well. There are campsites designed for tents, RVs, and even equestrians as well as primitive backpack camping spots. You can even go “glamping,” renting one of the air-conditioned luxury tents complete with a refrigerator, microwave, gas grill, bicycles, and more. The park entrance is located at 11450 Park Road 5 in Canyon.

Located in the Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the Rock Garden Trail provides you with views of beautiful wildflowers and other scenery that are a must-see while visiting the area. The trail is rated as moderate and is designed for either hikers or mountain bikers. Leashed dogs are also permitted on the trail which runs for about five miles.

The Big Cave is an easy walk from the road and, from a distance, it looks much larger than it actually is. You can climb up to the cave and actually step inside for some beautiful views of the canyon from the cave opening.

The Rock Garden Trail is a fairly new addition to the park, winding through large rocks and boulders to create a feeling like you are on another planet. The only trail that takes you to Palo Duro’s rim, the trail is rated moderate to difficult. The views, however, are breathtaking.

What are the travel peak seasons in Palo Duro Canyon, TX?
Peak Seasons

The average monthly temperature in Palo Duro Canyon is as follows:

  • January – low of 25F (-4C); high of 55F (13C)
  • February – low of 29F (-2C); high of 59F (15C)
  • March – low of 36F (2C); high of 68F (20C)
  • April – low of 44F (7C); high of 76F (24C)
  • May – low of 54F (12C); high of 84F (29C)
  • June – low of 64F (18C); high of 93F (34C)
  • July – low of 68F (20C); high of 95F (35C)
  • August – low of 67F (19C); high of 93F (34C)
  • September – low of 59F (15C); high of 87F (31C)
  • October – low of 47F (8C); high of 77F (25C)
  • November – low of 35F (2C); high of 64F (18C)
  • December – low of 27F (-3C); high of 55F (13C)

Summer months in the area are very hot and muggy while winters in Palo Duro Canyon are fairly mild.

What are the nightlife spots in Palo Duro Canyon, TX?
Nightlife Spots

At Canyon Ranch, there is always something happening. You can catch the big game on their large-screen televisions while you enjoy a cold beer or specialty cocktail. Family-owned and operated, Canyon Ranch is the place locals go for live music. In addition to the full bar, you can enjoy steakhouse cuisine that is fresh and made to order. Nothing on the menu costs more than $20, so you can bring the whole family for a delicious meal, listen to live music, or watch the game. They are located at 410 15th Street.

Back 40 Grill offers good food, excellent drinks, and live music. Food specials include half-priced burgers all day on Thursday or half-priced chicken fried steak on Tuesday. Drink specials include $4 Tito’s drinks on Tuesday and $4 Moscow Mules on Thursday. On Friday, enjoy $3 Long Island Iced Tea and on Sunday, be sure to try their $2 Mimosa or Bloody Mary. They are located at 1512 5th Avenue in Canyon.

Where to visit in order to explore art and culture in Palo Duro Canyon, TX?
Art & Culture Places

The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum offers exhibits from dinosaurs to conquistadors. You can step back into the Old West by visiting Pioneer Town and view one of the largest Southwestern art exhibits in the country. There are exhibits about the petroleum industry and much more. The museum is located at 2503 4th Avenue in Canyon.

What does the calendar look like for local events & festivals in Palo Duro Canyon, TX?
Local Events & Festivals

Texas Outdoor Musical offers performances at the Pioneer Amphitheater Tuesday through Sunday evenings from June through August. The show is family-friendly and claims to be a “musical romance of panhandle history.” The show began in 1960 when Margaret Harper read about Paul Green, a playwright who had written several drams about regions of Texas. A small group of families in the area funded Green’s trip to the panhandle and he dedicated himself to bringing the history of the area to the stage.

Held in the state park every December, the Hot Air Balloon Festival has something for everyone. Santa visits and there are crafts, live music, and hot chocolate. In addition, visitors can view beautiful hot air balloons. Entry to the event is simply a canned good or boxed food item and all proceeds go to benefit the High Plains Food Bank.

What are the activities in Palo Duro Canyon, TX that are family friendly?
Family Friendly Activities

Palo Duro Adventure Park focuses on adventure for all ages with their Big Zip Line Ride, offering amazing views of the canyon. There is also a bouldering and rappelling adventure with certified guides who will give you the ultimate experience. The bouldering and rappelling adventures use real rocks on a 13-story cliff, so the workout is incredible. They are located at 11100 State Highway 217 East in Canyon.

Before your trip, download the Big Sky Texas Area State Park Geocache Challenge Passport for some fun geocaching with the family. The state has hidden special geocaches in the 20 state parks and you can find a list of the waypoints to enter into the passport. Inside each cache is a logbook for you to log your name, date, and message as well as special state park geocards which are yours to keep. Use the card to answer the questions on the passport. There is also a punch to use to punch out the black circle next to the park name as well. There may be small trinkets that you can trade for one you brought yourself. Once you have found 10 of the 20, mail your passport in and you may win a free Texas Geocache coin.

There are several locations where you can take the family horseback riding. You can choose a guided tour along some of the trails in the area or, if you are experienced riders, take horses out on your own to explore.

How to plan 1 or 2 or 3-day trip itineraries in Palo Duro Canyon, TX?
Trip Planning

On the first day, take a ride around the area where you can see Longhorn cattle roaming the pasture. Be sure to travel the Palo Duro Canyon Loop for some beautiful photos with stunning backdrops. Take the Lighthouse Trail to see the most famous hoodoo in the canyon before heading to lunch at Fat Boy’s BBQ. After lunch, spend some time geocaching in the state park and fill your need for speed with a zipline through the trees. 

The next morning, grab breakfast at Feldman’s Wrong Way Diner before taking a ride to Amarillo to see Cadillac Ranch and Combine City. Grab lunch at Pepito’s before heading to Bar Z Winery for a wine tasting. Spend the afternoon at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum before grabbing dinner at El Patio, followed by drinks at Canyon Ranch.

How to get around in Palo Duro Canyon, TX?
Transportations

The closest airport to Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, is Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, about 40 minutes from the canyon. You will need to rent a car to get to the canyon from the airport.

Where are the hidden gems or unique spots to visit in Palo Duro Canyon, TX?
Hidden Gems

Goodnight Peak is a side trail that shoots off of the CCC Trail and takes you to a ridge that is part of the canyon rim. The overlook from the top of the trail is stunning, giving you about 270-degree views of cliffs, valleys, Timber Mesa, Prairie Dog Town, and more.

One of the most dramatic summits in Palo Duro Canyon, Capitol Mesa consists of brightly colored formations, rocky pinnacles, and white caprock boulders at strange angles. The mesa gives the appearance of land that has been washed by a giant flood. At the peak of the mesa, is the Lighthouse formation. This formation, known as a “hoodoo,” has the appearance of a lighthouse guiding ships to safe harbor. There is a trail that takes you to the lighthouse formation that is about three miles and is rated easy.

Cadillac Ranch, about 45 minutes from Palo Duro Canyon, is an iconic roadside monument along Route 66 in Amarillo. It was constructed by a group of hippies who called themselves the Ant Farm. The display began when Stanley Marsh subsidized an art project designed to baffle locals. Ten Cadillacs were buried, nose-down, in the field. People would stop, remove souvenirs from the cars, and, eventually, began to cover them with graffiti. You can see Cadillac ranch at 13651 I-40 Frontage Road in Amarillo.

Combine City began as a joke between a farmer and his wife. He was lamenting about what he could do with an old, broken-down combine and she commented that maybe he should just bury it. The idea took root, literally, and the farmer decided to “plant” combine harvesters on his two acres of land, creating Combine City. The combines are planted nose down with blades up, similar to the Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo. However, the combines are protected from graffiti artists by barbed wire. Combine City is located at FM 1151, Claude Highway, and Whitaker Road, about half an hour from Palo Duro Canyon.

Drive the Palo Duro Canyon Loop which offers you amazing views of the area. Although the ride itself takes about an hour, plan on taking longer since you will want to stop and take photos of the valleys, peaks, and other views you will see along the way.

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