Palo Duro Canyon State Park is 12 mi. e. on SR 217. The canyon exposes geological formations more than 250 million years old, revealing colorful strata of red clay stone, white gypsum and yellow mudstone as well as layers of limestone and sandstone. Vegetation ranges from wildflowers and native grasses to mesquite and juniper trees. Palo Duro is a Spanish reference to the canyon's hardwoods.
Deer, turkey, bobcats and rattlesnakes are among the wildlife visitors might encounter. A 16-mile scenic drive descends to the canyon floor, some 500-800 feet below the rim. There also are 1,500 acres for equestrian use and more than 40 miles of bicycling and hiking trails. Camping facilities and cabins are available.
Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.