Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon, originally uploaded by Misanthrope_.

Two hours north of Lubbock is a wild and rugged place called Palo Duro Canyon. 120 miles long, 20 miles wide at points, and up to 800 feet deep, it is impressive, to say the least. Indeed, some say it is the second largest canyon in the US, after the Grand Canyon. When next you find yourself staying in a Texas Panhandle bed and breakfast with time to explore, consider a trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

The park is comprised of just under 30,000 acres of the northern stretch of the canyon. Numerous trails traverse the park; there are 30 miles of marked trails in all. Mountain biking and horseback riding are permitted throughout the park. If you are interested in horseback riding, guided rides are available by the stables (along with horses).

The Texas Panhandle is vast. Once here, comfortably housed in a Panhandle bed and breakfast, you may as well explore the region. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a destination worth visiting. It is possible to make the journey from Lubbock and back in a day. Don’t forget your camera.

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