Palo Duro Canyon

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4.70 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.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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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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February 17, 2015
 
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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February 16, 2015
 
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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November 16, 2014
 
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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November 16, 2014
 
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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September 6, 2014
 
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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August 4, 2014
 
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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May 12, 2014
 
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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April 7, 2014
 
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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December 11, 2013
 
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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Palo Duro Canyon MTB Trail 4.70 out of 5 based on 26 ratings. 26 user reviews.
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