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Old 01-17-2011, 08:14 PM   #1
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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Just back from three nights at Palo Duro Canyon. Our first time there and I can say the place was a very pleasant surprise. Weather was nice and the park was very quiet--some mountain bikers here and there but only few other campers. Hackberry campground was beautiful. Wild turkey and deer were all around (and in) the campground. Definitely recommend it for winter camping.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:27 PM   #2
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Thanks! My wife & I were talking about it last night.
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Umm, I assume that's in Texas, whereabouts?
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Umm, I assume that's in Texas, whereabouts?
Sorry. The northern Panhandle of Texas. Near Amarillo. Great in the winter. In the summer, not so much.
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Col. Ranald Mackenzie brought about the first, ultimately, final movement of the western frontier after the Civil War in the Battle of Palo Duro Canyon. The Sioux and Cheyenne couldn't hold a candle to the Comanche in fierceness. Mackenzie took the fight to them utilizing then unorthodox methods. For most students of US military history he is unfortunately forgotten.

J. Evetts Haley's Charles Goodnight: Cowman & Plainsmen very much the model for Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove main character is the fascinating follow-up to war and European settlement of the Southern Plains. It's a well worthwhile book for any American.
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Cool! We are planning on going there this spring. Thanks for the information. Are there full hook ups there or only water and electric?
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I love the Canyon!....but, jeeze, you have to be tough to go camping there in the winter.
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Cool! We are planning on going there this spring. Thanks for the information. Are there full hook ups there or only water and electric?
Water and electric only. But several dump stations are located in the park convenient to campgrounds. Check out Hackberry. It will be beautiful in the spring with sone rain.
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I love Texas! This is beautiful country.
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Though it's hot in the summer, the Live Show Texas is worth the trip. We were greeted by a Texas Lady on a horse as we came in the gate. First it starts with a steak buffet from Big Texan and afterwards the show is spectacular
With horses on the mountain and fireworks.it felt a little like Arizon with the red rocks. Camp sites nice with hot showers.
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Very nice State Park. My wife and I have been there several times. Once, several years back we had a very large Hopi Rattler come across our campground right during the day. We reported it to the staff and they said "no way!", but both of us are quite familiar with snakes and in addition we looked it up in our reference books. The ref books gave their native location as New Mexico and Arizona but we have his mug shot! They have beautiful colors. Please don't let this scare anybody off - I doubt if any Texas state park is free of snakes.
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Well, I made some reservations to spend a few nights in the Canyon on our way to cooler climes up North. Hopefully we won't have any A/C issues! (fingers crossed)
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Stayed in Amarillo a few days last Spring. Enjoyed the beauty of Palo Duro Canyon. Next time we would use their campgrounds. A very worthwhile destination.
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