Why Visit Palo Duro Canyon

The Palo Duro Canyon in Texas is also called the mini Grand Canyon since it is the second largest canyon in the USA. So with a “tag” like that you need to have some awesome places to camp and hike.

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View of the canyon from the Visitor Center

We stayed at Mesquite Campground #81, which is 8-miles from the visitor center and our “spot” backed up to a canyon wall, had a firepit, covered picnic table, water and electric. Located in this campground are very clean Restrooms and Showers. The Texas State Police patrol the campgrounds regularly, and there was a Camp Host a few sites down from us.

Setting up the @Winnebago FUSE was a breeze. The sites are dirt and gravel and fairly level.

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Mesquite Camp Site #81

The hiking trails are well maintained, clean, and marked. The trails are somewhat connected (sometimes you have to walk on or cross the road to get the next trail head). We sw lots of cars parked off the road next to the trail heads.

One day we hiked 13-miles starting with Comanche Trail Head next to the Mesquite campground, and worked our way around to the Light House trail which is a 6-mile round trip. Since it was HOT we took 4-bottles of water each.

There were very few people on the trails which made the hike more enjoyable and allowed us to take in the quite scenery. If you hike into the Light House trail head you will notice a small parking lot, snow cone stand, a place to rent Mountain Bikes and lots of signs pointing out the danger of hiking this trail without plenty of water. As an FYI, there really is not any Cel phone service.

While on the Light House trail we did see one Rattle Snake and the trail did have more foot traffic. At the end of the trail are two signs which let you know the trail has ended. If you want to visit the Light House rock formations, you need to go up  “gulley”, close to  where the signs are. Be prepared to climb over lots of rocks up a fairly steep incline.

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