Palo Duro Canyon

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AVERAGE RATING
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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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Trail Description
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
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Gramcounter

April 10, 2017
 
Review: What a fantastic network of trails! I came from WI to ride & escape our wet spring and was not disappointed. There really is something here for everyone! Beginners have Juniper River, Sunflower, Paseo Del Rio. Getting a bit more intermediate would be Lighthouse, Rojo, GSL & Fox loop, Juniper Cliff, and Rock Garden for a tougher workout both technically & aerobically. The views are stunning, and there is well over 20 miles of trail. Unfortunately, we didn't get the chance to ride the newer Comanche trail (as we got rained out), or another one we stumbled across while hiking that isn't named or mapped (just flagged out and obviously brand new). This was worth a week trip for me, as there are so many options and so much variety. Colorado may have long climbs & descents, but when you don't have mountains, this is some of the best riding you can get!

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Granny Gear

March 28, 2017
 
Review: Combine a great trail system with amazing scenery and camping and that's five stars for me. Beginner to intermediate/advanced, all mapped and marked, and all enjoyable. GSL trail is fun and part of a big loop. Rock Garden is the best workout climbing to the top of the canyon.

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Granny Gear


March 25, 2017
Zeroack Granny Gear  
 
Review: We rode a good amount of trails in Palo Duro. Great Riding.

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Gramcounter


February 7, 2017
 
Review: Great place to ride if you are in the area. I would definitely ride here again.

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Gramcounter

December 23, 2016
Midmoab Gramcounter  
 
Review: Ok, the review for our second day. First, the weather was beautiful. We started on the lighthouse trail which is pretty flat with few technical portions, but wow was it beautiful. The hike to the lighthouse was amazing and the scenery second to none. Continuing on the gsl trail to the north, we found a bit more technical portions with a few really technical sections with drops, climbs, and rock gardens. Nothing too aggressive though. We looped back to the parking area by way of the paseo which is just a flat dirt run parallelling the road. Then we hit capitol again. Really fun day. I recommend this system to anyone that loves to ride. There is something for everyone.

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Gramcounter

December 22, 2016
Midmoab Gramcounter  
 
Review: We just traveled across half of missouri, kansas, and oklahoma to ride at palo duro. We loved our first trail ride on capitol peak and will be hitting several more tomorrow. The trail was fun, fast, with great flow. If nothing else, go to palo duro to take in the amazing natural sights. Looking forward to tomorrow then heading south through texas in search of other rides.

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Gramcounter

November 2, 2016
slade Gramcounter  
 
Review: One of the best kept secrets in Texas!! There is fun and flowy, flat and easy, and steep and techy. These trails have a good mix of everything.

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Gnarly


August 5, 2016
MTBCrash29 Gnarly  
 
Review: Amazing system of trails! Hard packed dirt, excellent flow and mix skill level options. Bring a bike lock with you, if you ride to the lighthouse overlook, you can lock your bike to a bike rack when you hike to the top. Lots of hikers on that specific trail, but all of the other trails are really open for thrashing the trail. Not too many climbs or technical areas, but enough to make it interesting. I love this trail and plan on returning next weekend! Camp and ride all night as the trail would be great for night riding! Catch the Texas Outdoor Musical in the amphitheater while here!

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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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Gramcounter

December 17, 2015
 
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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Palo Duro Canyon MTB Trail 4.70 out of 5 based on 39 ratings. 39 user reviews.
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