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Palo Duro Canyon State Park
July 12, 2012

Palo Duro Canyon is a canyon system located in the Texas Panhandle near the city of Amarillo, Texas, United States. As the second largest canyon in the United States, it is roughly 120 miles long and has an average width of 6.2 miles, but reaches a width of 20 miles at places. Its depth is around 820 feet, but in some locations it can increase up to 997 feet.

Palo Duro Canyon has been named The Grand Canyon of Texas both for its size and for its dramatic geological features, including the multicolored layers of rock and steep mesa walls similar to those in the Grand Canyon.

The canyon was formed by the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. Water erosion over the millennia has shaped the canyon's geological formations. (scroll down for photos)

View from the Interpretive Center
panorama View from the Interpretive Center
The two RV Gypsies did not hike any trails. All photos were taken from lookout points or just along the road.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park view from Interpretive Center
Palo Duro Canyon State Park view from Interpretive Center
Palo Duro Canyon State Park view from Interpretive Center
Palo Duro Canyon State Park view from Interpretive Center
The Grand Canyon of Texas is something not to be missed. Then again, it’s so vast, you could not miss it if you tried.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park view from Interpretive Center
Palo Duro Canyon State Park view from Interpretive Center
The Grand Canyon of Texas
The Grand Canyon of Texas
The Grand Canyon of Texas
The Grand Canyon of Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
rock formation in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
rock formation in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
panorama of Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Karen Duquette at Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
The Two RV Gypsies at Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Sixteen miles of scenic drives wind through the canyon.
a flower in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
flowers in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Karen Duquette at Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Karen Duquette at Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Karen Duquette at Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Karen Duquette at Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
panorama at Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
panorama at Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
panorama at Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
a bit of water
a bit of water
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Gray County Rest Area The Big Texan Steak Ranch
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