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Old 07-20-2009, 07:46 AM   #29
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Palo Duro Canyon

I have been there 2 times in the summer when days are really hot and nights do not cool off all that much. Regardless, it is an awesome experience to go from the flat plains around Amarillo and drop down into the canyon. It seems like another world down there. Unless you want to see the performance, I would go in the spring or fall.

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Old 07-20-2009, 11:01 AM   #30
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:19 PM   #31
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My Palo Duro story...

We often stop by Palo Duro in the fall (September) when we bring our rig home to Houston from Colorado.

We like the Mesquite camp area - sites 88-92 are all good. The Mesquite campsite is at the far end of the park - it'll take you 20 minutes to get from the entrance to that location. Here's the map (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publicat...p4506_007g.pdf)

Attached is a picture of our rig at campsite 88 (I think) in September 2006 - we only stayed overnight (click on it to enlarge). Note the large mound to the left of the photo. With sunset approaching, we took our zipdee chairs and a bottle of wine and climbed up to the top of the mound to watch the sunset.

As the line of the sun passed the top ridge of the canyon, all the coyotes around the edge of the canyon started yipping and howling. This went on for about 60 seconds, then stopped suddenly. My wife says "OK, time to go in NOW!" But I convinced her to stay and enjoy the beautiful remnants of the sunset and the bottle of wine.

Before too long, the bottle was gone (ooops!) and so was the daylight. All we could see of our Airstream was the exterior lights next to the door.

Suddenly, maybe 20 feet away in at the base of the mound - too dark to see anything - we hear this low rumbling growl.

In about 1.2 seconds, I was standing in the doorway yelling "hurry, honey, I'll hold the door open for you!"

The next morning, we had to leave early and climbed back up on the mound to have our coffeee and watch the sunrise. Just as the rays of light hit the top of the opposite side of the canyon, all the coyotes started howling again! I think they were saying "look, those two fools didn't learn anything last night!"

Anyway, we've been back a few times, but have always avoided the heat of mid-summer.

We noticed that in September there are little gnats that can get through the screens of the door and window. They will congregate all around the lights - they really seemed to like landing on the white vinyl headliner. Fortunately, WINDEX killes them very effectively, and we also had an impromptu cleaning of our ceiling!
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:17 PM   #32
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Tin Diesel, thanks for sharing the story of your trip to Palo duro. That is the nicest part of the forum all the fun stories and trip information.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:34 PM   #33
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Thanks - if you liked that one, you should hear my other stupid stories!

I don't think Palo Duro would be my favorite place in mid-summer. Our daughter-in-law nearly had heat stroke hiking there in July.

I was there briefly in June, and the horseflies were a bit bothersome.

Sure is purty, tho'.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:44 PM   #34
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Palo Duro Canyon

How did you make your way back to Kingwood I35? Planning a stop there first week in August coming back from Durango.
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:58 PM   #35
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No, we took 287 through Waxahachie to I45.
We've made it in one day, but its a hard drive.

See attached route
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:56 PM   #36
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Thanks, we'll keep that route in mind, it's a long drive across Texas to anywhere from Houston..
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ID:	87113We left Bastrop, Tx AUG 27 and headed for Palo Duro- up to lubbock and then to canyon....arrived at the park and headed to the mesquite campground...yup...to the end of the line...spot 88 looked like the spot....hot in the afternoons, cool in the evening/night...what seemed strange was the absence of any bird sounds...unaturally quiet...coyotes in the middle of the night..... then to santa fe for our first airstream rally at the santa fe skies rv park..great time there...day tripped to taos and the rio grande gorge...then to cloudcroft/alamagordo /white sands....then to the davis mountains.....
great trip....house is for sale and fulltiming is not to far away
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