Calendar of Events

July 26, 2016 - 3:00pm -- Canyon Driving Tour

Take a driving tour of scenic Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the comfort of our van. Learn about the flora, fauna, geology and history of the canyon, and have a chance to have your questions answered.

Prepare: A signup sheet will be located at the gatehouse. This event is limited to the first 14 people who sign up. There are also spaces for alternates, but alternates will only have a seat if there is a no-show. Children must be old enough to ride in the van without a car or booster seat, and no pets are allowed in the state vehicle.

Meet: At the gatehouse. Look for the big white van parked out front.

Fees: Regular park entry fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program


July 27, 2016 - 9:00am -- Can We Take It! The CCC In Palo Duro Canyon

Come learn the interesting history of the men who built Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Civilian Conservation Corps. There will be a brief presentation featuring history and pictures of the CCC structures in the park, followed by a hike down the CCC trail which was used by the CCC enrollees to get to their daily work sites.

Prepare: Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes or boots. Bring plenty of water to drink. The hiking trail is only moderately difficult, but it does feature a lot of downhill walking. Those with knee or other joint problems may find it difficult. Visitors are welcome to only attend the presentation if they do not wish to go on the hike. Friendly pets are welcome on the hike, but they must be leashed, they must have water to drink and they are not allowed inside the visitor center before the hike.

Meet: At the El Coronado Lodge visitor center, located one half mile into the park from the gatehouse.

Fees: Regular park entry fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.

July 28, 2016 - 3:00pm -- Canyon Driving Tour

Take a driving tour of scenic Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the comfort of our van. Learn about the flora, fauna, geology and history of the canyon, and have a chance to have your questions answered.

Prepare: A signup sheet will be located at the gatehouse. This event is limited to the first 14 people who sign up. There are also spaces for alternates, but alternates will only have a seat if there is a no-show. Children must be old enough to ride in the van without a car or booster seat, and no pets are allowed in the state vehicle.

Meet: At the gatehouse. Look for the big white van parked out front.

Fees: Regular park entry fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program

July 29, 2016 - 3:00pm -- Junior Ranger Program

Bring the kids out to Palo Duro Canyon to become junior rangers! They will learn about the park, its resources and why it is so important to be stewards of our natural places. They will then have the opportunity to participate in a mini service project. When completed, they will earn a custom sleeve patch!

Prepare: Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes.

Meet: At the El Coronado Lodge visitor center, one half mile into the park from the gate.

Fees: Regular park entry fees($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.

July 29, 2016 - 7:00pm -- Survival Hike

What would you do if you found yourself lost in a wild place like Palo Duro Canyon?

Join the park’s interpreter and intern to learn some of the skills you might need to survive in the wilderness. This hike will take place on the Lower Comanche Trail, a 1.5 mile hike on mostly easy terrain. Skills discussed will include the uses of plants as food and medicine, how to find drinkable water and firecraft.

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear good hiking shoes or boots and bring plenty of water to drink.

Meet: At the Mack Dick Group Pavilion parking lot.

Fees: Regular park entry fees($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.

July 30, 2016 - 9:30pm -- Dark Skies

“For my part, I know nothing. But the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

Come to Palo Duro Canyon to find out what Vincent Van Gogh was talking about. Local astronomy experts will be on hand to teach you about the night sky, and telescopes will be available to help you get a closer look.

Prepare: Bring water to drink, a camp chair to sit in and your sense of wonder.

Meet: At the new Wolfberry Day use area on Alternate Park Road 5.

Fees: Regular park entry fees($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.



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