Camping at Palo Duro
A few of us are going to Palo Duro Canyon which is the 2nd largest Canyon in the US (they refer to it as the Grand Canyon for Texas with average temps of low 70s during labor day weekend and average highs in the mid 80s and lows of 60). We will limit this to 12 people in total.
If you are coming, make sure to PRIVATE MESSAGE ME to coordinate.
Friday, October 13th
6am - Houstonians drives to Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Protected content Hwy Park Rd 5, Canyon, TX Protected content
(YOU MUST ARRANGE YOUR OWN TRANSPORT)
5pm - Everyone arrives at camp and pitches their tents
7pm - Dinner
Saturday, October 14th
7am - Breakfast
8am - Cleanup 8:30- Hiking along the Lighthouse Trail
A 5.75 mile round-trip trail leads to the National Natural Landmark. A signature landmark of Palo Duro Canyon is a naturally formed obelisk dubbed the Lighthouse
2:00 pm -
Pan-handle Plains Historical Museum
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4:00pm - Possibly one or more of the following:
- Mountain Biking
- Goodnight Memorial Trail - From the Panhandle-Plains Museum to the Palo Duro Canyon, is almost the route that Charles Goodnight took when he came to Texas with Protected content of cattle.
6:00 pm - Palo Duro Zipline
Protected content State Highway 217, Canyon, TX Protected content
"Big Zip" Birthday Party - $200 total for up to 10 people ($20 per person) An unforgettable party for up to 11 friends riding the lines for one complete "VIP Big Zip Tour" plus party room for additional "spectator/guests". Party includes 2 hour use of our climate controlled celebration room for cake and presents. outdoor activities such as volleyball, horseshoes and on special occasions a campfire sing a long (singers not included)
8pm - Dinner
Sunday, October 15th
7am - Breakfast
8:00am - Cleanup 8:30 am Go for a hike
- 1:00 pm - Paleo Life at Alibates Quarries Visitor Center
Join a Ranger to learn about ancient peoples who lived on the Texas Plains 13,000 years ago.Learn about their culture, weapons, food, clothing, family life, to understand who were the Paleo-Indians.. Meet at the Alibates Visitor Center.
- 2pm - Alibates Quarries Tours
Join a Ranger for one of our more popular programs since Protected content . Hike to the Alibates Flint Quarries, the first national monument in Texas, and learn about Native Americans who lived here and see beautiful Alibates Flint. Moderate. 1 mile.
- 4pm - Horseback Riding
Palo Duro Riding Stables
Protected content State Hwy. Protected content
Canyon, TX. Protected content
5pm - If time permits do one of the following
- Stanley Marsh 3's Cadillac Ranch.
- Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge Canyon Texas
- 8pm - Dinner
Monday, October 16th
8 am - Drive home and stop for breakfast on the way (Location TBD)
10 am - Caprock Canyon
Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
850 Caprock Canyon Park Road, Quitaque, TX Protected content
Hike from Monk's Crossing through the Clarity Tunnel which
(round trip 9 miles) Clarity Tunnel is the summer residence of a large colony of Mexican free-tailed bats. Up to half a million bats spend their summers here. The tunnel is 4.5 miles west of Monk’s Crossing (9-mile round trip) and 13 miles east of the South Plains parking lot.
2pm - Continue drive back home
I will ask that everyone contribute a non-refundable $35 fee for camp site fees and camping supplies (water, firewood, stove gas, Vegan and non-Vegan snacks, fruits, lighter fluids, biodegradable/recycled utensils, plates, cups, etc..). Those who have camped with me before know what to expect.
We can try and carpool in cars (with 2 to 3 people per car based on past experience but do not rely on me to coordinate that). Things to bring:
Sleeping Bag / Sleeping Mattress
Water & Water Bottles
I will be bringing a stove, gas, and other stuff.
Hope to see you all there,