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Level: Intermediate
Length: 26 mi (41.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,490/1 ft
Total: 237 riders

Mountain Biking Palo Duro Canyon

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#1 of 280 mountain bike trails in Texas
#96 in the world

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.

First added by alvin.santoy on Nov 24, 2003. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
I was told by a good friend that Palo Duro is gods trick on Texas,a large deep hole in the ground and if you didn't pay attention to your surroundings you'd think you fell into the Grand Canyon.If you are in West Texas there is no way you can't find palo duro state park if you can find Canyon texas. go south from Amarillo on 27 and get off onto 217 in canyon, follow that, go into the state park and go past 3 water crossings, park and enjoy !!
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Canyon, Texas

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Rider questions

Q: Is a hybrid bike suitable for the easy-moderate trails here (Trek DualSport, has front suspension)?
A: Your DualSport can handle most of the trails. A true mountain bike would be more comfortable.

Q: I have ridden mountain bikes all over Japan. Just got back into the sport and ended up with a Trek Marlin 7, would this be ok in the easy to intermediate trails in Palo Euro canyon? Which beginner trails would you recommend, my wife has a new Trek Marlin 6. Thanks for any advice,

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  • rmap01   ✓ supporter

    This is not your typical trail riding experience. There is something here for everyone from easy to advanced. The trails are accessible from the canyon floor and many parallel the road. On Day 1, I took the upper Comanche section down Juniper Cliffside and back up on Juniper River side. From there I took the Capital Trail back up. For the most part, those trails were relatively flat with some sporadic short punchy climbs. Day 2, I started on Lower Comanche which starts off with some short but fairly steep technical climbs. Had a blast going down Rock Garden which would make for a very tough climb going the other way. From there I took the obligatory ride on Lighthouse trail and while the trail is nothing extraordinary in itself it is worth the ride - and then the hike - up to the Lighthouse formation as the views are breathtaking. Heading back I took the GSL trail and did the couple of extra miles by adding Little Fox Canyon. GSL was the most enjoyable with fantastic scenery with some advanced features. Be sure to bring some water. A hydration pack would be best especially in the summer heat.

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  • HoneyHam

    another great ride in Canyon. The Mrs found the little Fox loop this time and nice add to our ride

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    Fun-riding trails in a fabulous area. Multiple trails take you into different areas of the park. Mostly easy to intermediate with notable technical sections thrown in.

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  • pbaird1310

    I drove out there yesterday and left the parking lot about 12:45PM. It was right around 100* when I started and according to the lady at the entrance, it was 106* when I finished. WARM!!! Great variety! I took Comanche to GSL to Lighthouse and back. It was a ton of variety. Flowy and flat to short, somewhat difficult technical climbs with beautiful views. I will go back when it is cooler.

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  • PepperSprout

    Little bit of everything for everybody - if out of skill set - walk it for a bit - jump back on have pure singletrack bliss :)
    Be back when cooler to camp
    And ride????

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  • HoneyHam

    Cheers to the Palo Duro Corp Engineers on qaulity
    Work in the Canyon.
    ...my favorite place to ride in TX

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  • Archie Stanton

    Excellent trail system one of the best in the country. Kiowa to Comanche to Rock Garden and back down south Comanche will test any mountain biker,

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  • GregInSticks

    I like Palo Duro. I like it so much I go twice a year, camp for a few days and ride every trail. It had great riding trails, great scenery, well maintained facilities and usually pretty peaceful (sometimes depends on who parks next to you).

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  • Taos

    Great MTB Trails! Best state park in Texas. Really great for any level of rider and the scenery is awesome.

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  • hollyanne99

    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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  • Gary Krysztopik

    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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  • Zeroack

    We rode a good amount of trails in Palo Duro. Great Riding.

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  • Jerry Burgess

    Great place to ride if you are in the area. I would definitely ride here again.

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  • Midmoab

    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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  • Midmoab

    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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  • slade

    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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  • MTBCrash29   ✓ supporter

    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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  • blakeovard

    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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