Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Palo Duro Canyon “The Grand Canyon of Texas”

Judy and I camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in April of 1976, almost thirty eight years ago to the day, so we had to stop by again. We had a converted van and two dogs with us and had the entire park to ourselves. Judy took a short walk and to this day claims she was attacked by a roadrunner. I don’t know if it was “The Roadrunner” or just your everyday run of the mill roadrunner. This time we just made a day trip out of it and took a three hour drive through.

Here is a little info about the canyon I took from the Texas state park web site.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park opened on July 4, 1934 and contains 29,182 acres of the scenic, northern most portion of the Palo Duro Canyon. The Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's constructed most of the buildings and roads still in use by park staff and visitors.

The Canyon is 120 miles long, as much as 20 miles wide, and has a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Its elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level. It is often claimed that Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. The largest, the Grand Canyon, is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and 6,000 ft. deep.

Palo Duro Canyon was formed by water erosion from the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. The water deepens the canyon by moving sediment downstream. Wind and water erosion gradually widen the canyon.

Early Spanish Explorers are believed to have discovered the area and dubbed the canyon "Palo Duro" which is Spanish for "hard wood" in reference to the abundant mesquite and juniper trees.

Palo Duro 1       palo duro 2

Palo Duro 4      Palo Duro 3

Palo Duro Lighthouse-Rock

Palo Duro 5   Palo Duro Judy

The only wildlife we saw today!    Palo Duro 6

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

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1 comment:

  1. Great pictures! It's great to go thru there. There's a cave in one of the "hills". I would have loved to explore if I was younger.