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Old 07-13-2007, 06:00 PM   #15
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It really is a beautiful place. I have never camped there, but have visited many times.

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Old 07-13-2007, 07:35 PM   #16
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Lynn... you ever been to Palo Duro Canyon? The measurement of the size is for the canyon system, just as with the Grand Canyon. Yup... it really is that big! Yes, it is an advertising campaign but no, it's not misleading, just a fact.
Oh, yes, been there, done that.

What I mean by canyon system would take the "Grand Canyon" system from some place up close to Grand Junction, Colorado (Colorado National Monument) down through the Canyonlands National Park and the canyon (idiotically) buried by Lake Powell in Utah, down through the Lee's Ferry area canyon near Page and finally way down in Arizona below the Grand Canyon National Park on the Havasupai reservation. That's one really big stretch of territory, dwarfing in every imaginable way the canyon system that includes both Palo Duro and Caprock Canyons.


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Old 07-13-2007, 08:10 PM   #17
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You're right Lynn, they don't call it "the big ditch" for nothing...
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Old 07-14-2007, 08:33 AM   #18
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Frankly, I'm not to worried about it's length, volume, or depth. I'm more concerned about how fun it is to be there. I can be funny like that.
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Old 07-14-2007, 11:16 AM   #19
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Frankly, I'm not to worried about it's length, volume, or depth. I'm more concerned about how fun it is to be there. I can be funny like that.
Same here. I can enjoy just about anything, especially if I'm away from home!

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Old 07-28-2007, 09:52 PM   #20
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We did Palo Duro last year and really enjoyed. Don't recall exactly which location in the canyon where we put donw for a week. Another great location is the Davis Mts State Park near Big Bend.
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:32 AM   #21
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Another great location is the Davis Mts State Park near Big Bend.
Sure is, we ususally do our trips down there when the weather gets colder... cooler air makes trips to the observatory better, too. Love cruisin' around that whole area - Alpine's fun, too.
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Old 12-17-2007, 11:36 PM   #22
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Gayle & I were at Palo Duro 2 years ago and stayed down in the canyon. Wouldn't have missed it. Really great staying down in the canyon. Lot's of wild turkeys and a few rattlesnakes. The play was excellent.

Another great place is the Davis Mts State Park.
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Old 12-17-2007, 11:39 PM   #23
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Bill, we have been to the Davis Mts twice but have never made it to Alpine. We really like the cooler temperature during the summer.
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Bill, we have been to the Davis Mts twice but have never made it to Alpine. We really like the cooler temperature during the summer.
I started my undergrad studies in Alpine at Sul Ross St U. While I was there I worked at Prude Ranch in Ft Davis. What a wonderful drive I had in the mornings to get to class. As a reward for making class I got to make that scenic drive back.

I've just learned that Prude Ranch now has an RV park. What a hoot. The kid, early 20's, that I used to drive up to the observatory with shooting at road signs is now running the place. Time flies. I'll be returning for the first time in 10 years while on the Texas Hill Country Unit's caravan to Big Bend this April.

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A friend who lived in Amarillo always said we should go there... Any recommendations/thoughts/opinions about the best time of year to go to Palo Duro Canyon...and which campgrounds are the best? Is it open year-round?
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Palo Duro is a great place to go - we prefer fall & spring (weather is nicer)... late spring, early summer... after the dust storms.

Gawd, the Prude Ranch... man that brings back memories from annual trips there...
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We were there late May '08. The ride in is, um, steep but the views are stunning.
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We left there this morning. What a nice stay. Will definitely go back. Here's a picture from the top. Great view.
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