Calendar of Events

June 23, 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.


June 23, 2016 - 8:00pm -- iNaturalist Evening Hike

iNaturalist is a great way to explore and catalog the amazing plant and animal life that surrounds us. Join the park interpreter to learn how to use the iNaturalist app, then take a hike on the beautiful Rojo Grande trail. The terrain on this trail is easy, and the hike will be approximately 1.5 miles in length.

Prepare: Before coming to the park, download the iNaturalist app for your iPhone or Android device and create an account through the app or their website. Phones or tablets work equally well for this hike. Wear good hiking shoes, dress for the weather and bring plenty of water to drink. Also bring a headlamp or flashlight in case we are still out after dark. Please leave pets at home for this hike, as they may scare the wildlife and it may be difficult to handle the app and your pet at the same time.

Don't have access to an Android or iPhone device? That's no problem! Bring a camera and GPS and we'll teach you how to make iNaturalist work that way. Don't have access to any technology and just want to come enjoy the hike? That's okay too!

For more information, check out: http://www.inaturalist.org/

Meet: At the Lighthouse trail head parking lot, just after the second water crossing. We will leave our vehicles at the Lighthouse trail head and walk the very short distance over to the Rojo Grande trail head.

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

June 25, 2016 - 2:00pm -- 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.

June 25, 2016 - 4:00pm -- Texas Panhandle Good Dogs

Attention dog owners and pooch parents!

Texas Panhandle Good Dogs is a local dog activity group that does a monthly hike in Palo Duro Canyon. This month, join the park interpreter and the founder of TPGD for a hike on the Lower Comanche Trail. Topics covered on the hike will include dog hiking and heat safety, as well as the flora, fauna, history and geology of Palo Duro Canyon.

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear good hiking shoes and bring plenty of water for you and your hound to drink. Also bring bags to clean up any messes your dog may make.

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.

June 29, 2016 - 10:00am & 3:00pm -- Canyon Driving Tours

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. There will be two tours on this day, at 10am and 3pm.

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.



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