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Palo Duro Canyon

The pancake-flat Texas plains have some real texture at Palo Duro Canyon, it's just that all the drama is below the horizon rather than above it. The meandering gorge is a place of brilliant colors and vibrant life (the name means 'hard wood', for the groves of mesquite). The nearby town of Canyon, 20 miles south of Amarillo, makes for a comfy base.

For a lonely view of the canyon, drive TX 207 between Claude and Silverton to the east of the park.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Palo Duro Canyon.