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Paseo Del Rio Trail, TX

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Distance One Way 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,831 feet
Elevation Gain 55 feet
Accumulated Gain 65 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.42
Interest Ruins, Historic & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
27  2020-11-12
Sunday Creek Loop
markthurman53
Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 128
Routes 635
Photos 7,630
Trips 518 map ( 4,801 miles )
Age 67 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:20am - 7:16pm
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River stroll
by markthurman53

Likely In-Season!
Palo Duro Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon is located 25 miles southeast of Amarillo, in the Texas panhandle, and is the second-longest canyon in the US, and you can guess the first. The Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River is the creek that runs through the canyon. The canyon formed when the river cut down through the Llano Estacado Plateau as it was uplifted during the Pleistocene Period. This canyon has been called the Grand Canyon of Texas. The rock formations are of the Permian and Triassic periods. The lower Permian section was formed when this was a near-shore shallow marine environment. The upper Triassic layer was formed when this was a stream environment and forms the park's Sandstone cap rock.

Palo Duro gets its name from the Spanish meaning “hard stick.” This area was first occupied by Native Americans, the Apaches and then replaced by the Comanche and Kiowa. Coronado visited it in 1541, then around the 1870s ranching. It became a state park in the 1930s. A lot of history was glanced over in those last few sentences, and for more detail, it is readily available online.

The park’s paved road offers opportunities for sightseeing, camping, and hiking. There are over 30 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. With a look of a Minnie Sedona (minus the crowd), it is a worthy stop if you are anywhere near the area. Some of the Wildlife in this canyon include Mule Deer, Wild Turkey, Collared Lizard, Barbary Sheep (introduced in 1957), and Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes. See park literature for more details.

Paseo Del Rio Trail
At its southern trailhead, the Paseo Del Rio Trail starts along the park road just north of the Lighthouse trailhead on the north side of the bridge that crosses the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. This trail follows along the creek to the Hackberry Camp Area, making this the final branch of a good loop hike involving the Givens Spicer Lowry and Lighthouse Trails. When I was on this trail, I was never really sure if I was on the trail because there were so many paths along the river. Just head north, and you will eventually get where you want to be. The river to your west and the road to the east are your boundaries. Vegetation along the river is, as expected, much thicker than elsewhere in the park, with the Mesquite and junipers being larger and added to the mix are cottonwood and salt cedar. At about ¾ of a mile in is a Cowboy dugout. This is a preserved dugout that was used by the cowboys that worked this area years ago. This trail is a leisurely walk with a couple of small wooden bridges spanning the stream and no elevation gain to speak of except at the end where you climb up the river bank to the Hackberry Camp Area, a whopping 60 feet.

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2020-12-08 markthurman53
  • Palo Duro Park Map 2020
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    Palo Duro Park Map 2020
  • Palo Duro Trails Map 2020
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    Palo Duro Trails Map 2020
  • Palo Duro Trails Info 2020
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    Palo Duro Trails Info 2020

One-Way Notice
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Fees are typically $4-$7 per person. Check the texas.gov site for park hours and current fees.


Directions
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To hike
The park is located about 12 miles east of Canyon on State Highway 217. From Amarillo, take Interstate 27 south to State Highway 217 at the town of Canyon, and go east eight miles. Park Map shows the trailhead.
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