What are some things to do in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas?


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Things to do in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas, include hiking, biking and horseback riding on over 30 miles of trails, camping and geocaching. During the summer, the musical "Texas" is performed outdoors at the Pioneer Amphitheater.

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Sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of Texas, Palo Duro offers a number of marked trails that explore the colorful geological landscape of the park. Travel past "hoodoos," rock sculptures fashioned by wind and water, and into hidden canyons. Most trails are multi-use, with some being fairly easy to navigate. A few, like the Rock Garden trail, involve some steep climbing and aren't suitable for horses or for hikers who aren't in good physical condition.

The map also shows the various campgrounds in the park. Some campsites are suitable for RVs and have water and electric hook-ups. Others are tent only with water available in the campground. A few are set up as equestrian campsites with horse pens and room for trailers. These sites have water but no electricity. Reservations may be made online or by phone with Texas State Parks.

Geocaching is a treasure hunting activity. By using a GPS device, hunters seek out caches left behind by other geocachers. The caches are hidden but not buried and are usually smaller than a lunch box. The finder signs the log book inside and trades an item with something in the cache. The cache is put back in its hiding space and the find logged on the website Geocaching.com.

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