Palo Duro Canyon

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26
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 4,900 ft
↓ 3,800 ft
2,809
elevation (ft)
5.9
avg mph
88
ridden
100
wishlist
1:44
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
4.70 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Guest on November 23, 2003
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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.
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jbjenni on November 16, 2014
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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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jbjenni on November 16, 2014
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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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velo99 on September 6, 2014
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Review: There are actually 10-12 trails at PDC. I don't know why Singletracks wont list them separately.
However They are all a blast. As noted there are trails for every skill level. Sunflower is an easy ride, perfect for taking an easy ride by Sunday Creek. Lighthouse is the perennial favorite. It features some moderately technical sections but ride arounds make it accessible for the beginner. It was the first trail I ever rode. The payoff after climbing up the see the Lighthouse is going back down the trail. It is a blast.
GSL and the Rock Garden are more advanced. GSL can be ridden by an intermediate rider but you better be in shape. It will test you and your bike.
Juniper/Cliffside parallels part of the main road in the canyon. It has some aspects that are pretty tough but not insurmountable for the more experienced novice or intermediate rider. I don't know the designation of these trails I am basing them on my own experience. Capitol is similar to Lighthouse in its differentiating difficulties. There are parts that are easy and parts that are really tough. Your job, find them.
Paseo Del Rio runs from Lighthouse parking lot to the Hackberry campground. It is a major thoroughfare on the north part of the trial section. Its an easy ride by the creek.
As of now I haven't ridden the rest of the trails... yet.
Go out and enjoy these trails, hope I have been able to enlighten you on their aspects.

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dehmerc23@gmail.com on August 4, 2014
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Review: The views at this trail are awesome. If you are going there during the hot times of the year, get an early start and you'll be glad you did. The GSL is a challenging, and fun trail, and the Lighthouse trail is worth it to see the lighthouse itself. When you get to the lighthouse, there is a bike rack to park your bike, because to get to the lighthouse, it requires a climb that can't be done on a bike. The trails are shared, so watch out for hikers when biking.

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Matt Bullock on May 12, 2014
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Review: These trails are a blast. Great flowy single track, good rocky sections, and drops/ledges. Every difficult section has an easy bypass if your not up for them, and still plenty of fun for an advanced rider. Pleasantly surprised to find that there were such great trails in the panhandle area. The trails were very sandy on my trip due to the lack of any substantial rain which did affect the speed of the trails, i could only imagine how great they would be if they were properly saturated. If your looking for good riding in the state these trails are a must.

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Matt Pogue on April 7, 2014
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Review: I'm at the beginner level of mountain biking and have ridden these trails several times. There are plenty of easy trails and more difficult trails all in the same place. The network of trails is large and it's very easy to find the trailheads. The TWPD does an excellent job maintaining the trails and many of the local engineers volunteer their time building more trails for all of us to enjoy. Get out and ride it as soon as you can!

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ddbullard76 on December 11, 2013
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Review: We stayed 3 day and were in the old cow camp cabins down in the canyon. The trails and scenery are amazing. The lighthouse rock is a must see in person as pictures do not do it justice.

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John Fisch on December 2, 2013
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Review: It's quite exceptional to see this magnificent canyon just drop out of the seemingly endless prairie. This is easily the best scenery for 200 miles in any direction. It is also home to some great mountain biking. There's everything from easy valley bottom cruises to steep, technical climbs (and descents) to the top of the canyon walls. The Capital Peak trail makes a nice loop and, if you don't mind an out-and-back, the Rock Garden trail will challenge legs, lungs, and technical skills.

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cdraketx on September 17, 2013
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Review: I will be coming through the Canyon area the middle of next week into ute to Parker, Co and wanted to see if anyone knows of any group rides or if anyone wanted to take a ride with me. This will be the first time riding here and was hoping to find some one, or two or three to ride with.
Thanks,
Carol from Austin

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txbuffalo on April 27, 2013
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Review: Love riding the canyon. Sweet isolated terrain, good traction and lots of thrills. Best MB trails in Texas.

Similar Trail: Caprock Canyons, Canyonlands NP

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luv2mtb on July 12, 2012
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Review: Rode this trail twice in July and again in October. Hope to be back again in November. Great variety of terrain here. Lighthouse trail is a nice little climb, with a few techy features if you wish, and a nice little decent coming back.

* Review edited 10/25/2012

Similar Trail: White Mesa near Albuquerque has similar aspects but Palo Duro is pretty much in a class by itself.

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erikolson on June 4, 2012
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Review: I will be going back to this park. I arrived late in the day and it was already smokin' hot. It had rained the night before, so some trails were muddy. I took a short 3 mile out and back. What a blast.

Similar Trail: I have not ridden a similar trail yet.

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themarmot on June 10, 2011
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Review: Growing up in Canyon and literally riding these trails before I knew what mountain biking even was, it's a bit hard for me to be impartial. However, now that I've re-located to the high rockies and ride some of the best trails in the country on a daily basis, I can confidently say that PDC has some of the best gems in the country. I really wish they would invest in more bike only terrain however, since many of the trails also have foot and horse traffic which leaves you cautious coming out of blind corners and the many potential drops that are oh so much fun. If you don't want to deal with all that traffic try to avoid the canyon in the summer time and on very nice days. I personally prefer to ride down there when it's a bit rainy or overcast. Fav. trails - Up top there's a gift-shop/circular overlook area. Right there is the trailhead for one of PDC's best trails. I love PDC and look forward to my visits there because of these great trails.

Similar Trail: Ceta Canyon

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rharper33 on April 21, 2011
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Review: Fun fairly easy trails!

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kmstx1 on April 7, 2011
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Review: I live in Amarillo and am out here at least once a week! Everything from an easy coast to leg burning uphills. Pay attention to the temperature out there! I'll never forget deciding to take the Spicer running trail one day and thinking I was going to die out there. When I got back to the trailhead I noticed it was 113. What an idiot! haha Great rides though. Weekday morning are awesome as you come across a lot of deer, coyote, etc. Rarely anyone on the trails at that time, either.

* Review edited 4/7/2011

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sdwill on October 14, 2010
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Review: I live in Lubbock and we drive the 100 miles 3-4 times a month to ride these trails. They offer a good workout as well as providing a lot of fun. Avoid the holidays as hikers tend to be thick. Love to ride in the fall and winter..

Similar Trail: Caprock Canyon, Copper Breaks or San Angelo State Parks in big ol Texas.

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DB4LYall on June 12, 2010
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Review: This trail is awesome. Make sure you bring some water and a towel, your legs will be red by the time your finished!!!!

Similar Trail: Red Rock Open Space, Colorado Springs Colorado

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RoadWarrior on May 4, 2010
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Review: Have to agree with everyone else. Mini Sedona in the middle of Texas. Great riding, everything from cruiser trails (lighthouse, most of the trails by the river) to techinal/ get eaten by cactus if you mess up fun. (Capitol peak, GSL) Very popular with familes/ small children.

Similar Trail: Nothing like it in the area

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brdillon on April 7, 2010
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Review: Great variety throughout the park, Lighthouse is my favorite trail, the ride down is a blast.

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AshleyHatch on December 11, 2008
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Review: Awesome! I ride every sunday.

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brian_edwards on November 1, 2006
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Review: I live in Canyon and ride these trails 4-7 times a week. These are some of the best trails in the country, there are even a couple of insane downhill runs. The best riding is spring and fall but we ride throught the winter. Don't let the panhandle's flat terrain fool ya, these are awesome trails. There is something for everyone.

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Guest on May 25, 2014
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Review: What are those downhill trails called?
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Miguelito on January 23, 2006
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Review: I have ridden these trails 3 or 4 times. This is a state park and the scenery is excellent. My favorite trail is called the "Lighthouse Trail" , named after a rock formation a short hike from the turnaround point. Bring plenty of water as this is a true canyon experience and it can be very hot and dry here. I wouldn't recommend this ride during July or August! Anytime the temp is 80ish or below this is an awesome ride. 12 miles - 2-2 1/2 hours out and back. Don't miss this if you like riding in a canyon environment.

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epoderom on July 16, 2005
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Review: Of all the trails in the park I think the running trail is the most fun, best trails in west texas. Watch for horseflies in summer, they bite! 100 deet

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Palo Duro Canyon MTB Trail 4.70 out of 5 based on 23 ratings. 23 user reviews.
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