Palo Duro Canyon Lighthouse Trail

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I don’t know about anywhere else, but the first real week of warm weather always brings people out from their Winter hibernation here in Texas.  Last week the weather was BEAUTIFUL, and I tried to take advantage of it as much as possible.  You know–sitting in the sun for a few hours in the afternoon with a good book, even though there was a pile of dishes waiting to be done in the kitchen…

Even my husband was itching to get out of his routine and be outside.  So we decided to take an afternoon off and explore a new hike in Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Canyon, TX.  This is the closest and best place we have access to around here for hiking, camping and biking, and we love get down there as often as we can.  It’s about 30 minutes south of Amarillo, TX and well worth the $5/per person charge to get in.  It is the second largest canyon in America after the Grand Canyon.

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Many of the trails in the canyon are frequented by hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders.

This time around we decided to try the Lighthouse Trail, which is a moderately easy hike (the last ascent up to the actual rock formations is a bit steep though), but is a little longer that some of the others, measuring in at 6 miles round-trip.

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Although the thermometer said 100 degrees, we figured it was really more like 80-ish at 4 in the afternoon.

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And finally, at the top of the mountain, the “lighthouses” in full view:

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The view from the top was quite breathtaking!

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The Canyon is 120 miles long, as much as 20 miles wide, and has a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Its elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level.

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We were fortunate enough to meet some others along the trail that took our photo.

May I suggest after a nice long hike, you wander into the quaint little town of Canyon and have an ice cream at the local soda shoppe?  We thought it was a perfect way to end our day.  After we stopped and said hello to the longhorns of course 🙂

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Click here to read my post about the caves at Palo Duro Canyon.

Click here for more info on Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

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