Palo Duro Canyon

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4.69 out of 5
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Intermediate
26
miles

Singletrack
↑ 4,900 ft
↓ 3,800 ft
2,809
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
Circling the parking lot are no less than 5 trail heads networking for some 26 miles of singletrack trail throughout the canyon ranging from mild to wild in technicial ability,dirt,rocks,river rock,sand,wash-outs,switchbacks,dropoffs and climbs with alternative trail accesess throughout the canyon,the trails are well maintained,people are friendly the times i've been there (i drive out EVERY 3-4 weeks from Denver)someone was ready to ride with me.There rv an tent sites to be had an some of the best riding an scenery one could ask for.The sunsetting off the canyon walls make it worth the trip. Here's the # to Palo Duro 806-488-2227, see for yourself.....i'm going back in 12 days, hope to see ya there.
added by Guest November 24, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Gnarly

February 7, 2016
blakeovard Gnarly  
 
Review: LOVE the various trails at Palo Duro. Rock Garden is probably one of my favorites. A great ride here, which actually uses several of the trails is the 24 Hours in The Canyon race each year which raises money for cancer research. As the name implies, you get to race for 24 hours straight! There is nothing like riding these trails at night!

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Granny Gear

December 17, 2015
Burnsides Granny Gear  
 
Review: I traveled to Palo Duro specifically to ride the Comanche trail which is touted as one of the best technical trails in TX. I was terribly disappointed in that trail! It's technicality comes mostly from tight twisty corners on steep slopes, virtually no flow or speed at all. But it was still a good ride as the terrain was beautiful and I saw among a couple other things some sort of big horn sheep right on Comanche. And the more flowy intermediate trails on the other side of the road were good fun to ride. I recommend the park, but maybe not the Comanche trail itself unless your idea of what best to do with hard earned elevation is to wind down twisty trail rarely letting all the way off the brakes.

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Gramcounter


November 30, 2015
 
Review: I have lived an hour and a half away from the Palo Duro for 10 years and only been to ride here twice. It is incredible. For a guy who hasn't seen many trails this thing has it all. Its so easy to ride the whole day here

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September 25, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: I love Palo Duro. There's so many trails to ride, and difficulty ranges from easy to very hard. Sunflower, Rojo, and Paseo are easy trails. Juniper is a little more difficult with some technical parts and a little endurance. The Lighthouse trail is mostly endurance. The Givens, Spicer, and Lowry has a moderate level of technical and endurance. Rock Garden is hard. It climbs 600 feet in 2.4 miles and has very difficult switchbacks to navigate. The park is also building a new trail, Comanche, which isn't even on their map yet, but it already has fun sections.

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Singletrack


June 11, 2015
hproctor Singletrack  
 
Review: Trail will make you work....with a smile on your face! Plenty here to keep anyone entertained. Rocks, slick packed ground, ridges, drops, descents and climbs. Super park with full facilities including a sandwich shop and a snow cone stand. Maps available at park entrance.

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Bunny Hop

April 22, 2015
 
Review: Beautiful, worth the drive. The trails are great, have various levels. The lighthouse trail was crowded, little fox trail was nice change, hardly anyone on it. Red Rojo and juniper canyon side were fun for the intermediate level person. They have a color coded map that lists the various levels of difficulty, be sure and check it out. We tried to do an advanced level but was too steep, we did not have the physical conditioning for it, so stuck to trail map descriptions. Bring plenty of water. The canyon is usually warmer than in the city. In the afternoon there were lots of flies that were attracted to us when we would stop. Just beautiful and amazing. Lots of other bikers were also using hard tails.

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Bunny Hop

February 17, 2015
Charlie29 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: If you are reading this than that probably means you are thinking about going to Palo Duro Canyon... Go! This place has it all climbs, decents, rocks, roots and it's all well marked. I strongly recommend riding every trail in the park. The views here are awesome!

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Gramcounter

February 16, 2015
djj1924 Gramcounter  
 
Review: I'm going to be doing a series of reviews on trails that I regularly ride (at an expert level, wink wink). My review will be focused on what to expect and what you should do if you are bringing along your wife or girlfriend (assuming she is a beginner/intermediate level rider) for a day of fun.

This is a great trail for all skill levels. The very first ride you should do in the park is the Lighthouse Peak Trail. There is a nice bike rack at the end where you can park and take a small but steep hike up to Lighthouse Peak... which is of course the signature feature in the park. The ride is easy but not so easy that it doesnt feel like you are mountain biking. It's about 2.75 miles up, so bring water and some snacks, you will have a good time and so will she.

Later on in your trip, make sure to hit up the Juniper/Riverside trail. She'll think you are awesome for bringing her there and once again its super easy.

If your woman is interested in doing a intermediate level MTB focused ride, the Capitol Peak trail is the place to be. You can actually hit this loop and incorporate some of Lighthouse Peak as well. There is 1 or 2 sections of technical climbing where you will probably have to walk your bike.

Similar Trail: Northshore Trail, Flower Mound TX

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Bunny Hop

November 16, 2014
jbjenni Bunny Hop  
 
Review: My brother and I went in October to Palo Duro Canyon National Park Texas to ride the mountain bike trails.

It was a fantastic place to visit and ride. The cabin in the cows camp was fun but was basic but good. They provide a collage size fridge and a microwave from the late 80s.

Only thing that I would down would be the following:

1. Trail map looked like a elementary class put it together. It is not put together very well nor detail of the trails. The trails themselves are not detailed well either.

2. They should encourage the customers to clean up after their dogs and horses.

3. Only a very small portion of the Canyon is open for bikers per the map. They need to open it up more that includes the whole Canyon.

4. The cabin #2 in the Cow Camp was good for a very basic need. If you have a lot of electronics you might (cameras or cell phone) want to bring a powder strip and a extension cord because there are only 4 plugs (2 plugs are used for the fridge and microwave) in cabin 2. I assume they are all like that.

5. The box spring mattress felt/ looked / smelt as though it had been there for a while. I would recommend taking a sleeping bag, blanket and pillow. The sleeping bag to lay over the provided mattress and the blank for warmth.

6. If you don't like flys then you will want to bring something to kill them or catch them because it was bad when we were there in October.

Otherwise, this place was cool. I can't wait to go back again.

This link provides a ton of pictures of the Canyon.
Palo Duro Canyon National Park Texas: http://youtu.be/L5bq2-Pm0Ac

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Bunny Hop

November 16, 2014
jbjenni Bunny Hop  
 
Review: My brother and I went in October to Palo Duro Canyon National Park Texas to ride the mountain bike trails.

It was a fantastic place to visit and ride. The cabin in the cows camp was fun but was basic but good. They provide a collage size fridge and a microwave from the late 80s.

Only thing that I would down would be the following:

1. Trail map looked like a elementary class put it together. It is not put together very well nor detail of the trails. The trails themselves are not detailed well either.

2. They should encourage the customers to clean up after their dogs and horses.

3. Only a very small portion of the Canyon is open for bikers per the map. They need to open it up more that includes the whole Canyon.

4. The cabin #2 in the Cow Camp was good for a very basic need. If you have a lot of electronics you might (cameras or cell phone) want to bring a powder strip and a extension cord because there are only 4 plugs (2 plugs are used for the fridge and microwave) in cabin 2. I assume they are all like that.

5. The box spring mattress felt/ looked / smelt as though it had been there for a while. I would recommend taking a sleeping bag, blanket and pillow. The sleeping bag to lay over the provided mattress and the blank for warmth.

6. If you don't like flys then you will want to bring something to kill them or catch them because it was bad when we were there in October.

Otherwise, this place was cool. I can't wait to go back again.

This link provides a ton of pictures of the Canyon.
Palo Duro Canyon National Park Texas: http://youtu.be/L5bq2-Pm0Ac

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