Calendar of Events


December 15, 2018 - 9:00am -- Canyon Driving Tour

Take a driving tour of Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the comfort of our van. Learn about the flora, fauna, history, & geology of the canyon.

Prepare: This program requires sign up due to limited seating in the van. Sign up by visiting park Headquarters or by emailing the park interpreter at jeff.davis@tpwd.texas.gov. All riders must be old enough to ride in the van without a car seat. Tour will be about 1.5 hours long.

Meet: At park headquarters, look for the big white van out front.

Fees: Regular park entrance fees - $5 per adult, kids 12 and under are free.

December 15, 2018 - 11:00am -- Christmas Crafts

Take a little piece of Palo Duro Canyon home with you to hang on your Christmas tree!

Prepare: Crafts will include corn husk dolls and Palo Duro mice, and hot chocolate will be served. All supplies will be provided. This program is great for kids, but adults who are young-at-heart are welcome too!
Meet: At the Visitor Center, 3/4 of a mile inside the park entrance.

Fees: Regular park entrance fees - $5 per adult, kids 12 and under are free.

December 22, 2018 - 2:00pm -- Dutch Oven Demo

The Dutch Oven has been the choice of cookware across the frontier for hundreds of years. Maybe you have grandma's oven rusting away in your shed, you were given one as a gift, or you've just wondered how they work. Here's your chance to learn the basics of this fine and useful cooking method.

Prepare: Dress warmly and bring camp chairs if you want a comfy place to sit. Samples of food that is prepared will be available to try, but we won't be serving a full meal. The Full Moon Hike follows this program, so dress for a hike and bring a flashlight if you plan to attend both events.

Meet: At the Wolfberry Day Use Area, located on alternate Park Road 5 next to Juniper Camping Loop. Look for signs that will tell you where to turn. Plan to arrive at no later than 5:00pm at the park entrance to ensure that you make it to the hike on time.

Fees: Regular park entrance fees - $5 per adult, kids 12 and under are free.

December 22, 2018 - 5:30pm -- Full Moon Hike

Palo Duro Canyon has a very different beauty under the light of a full moon. Here's your chance to experience it!

Prepare: Dress warmly, wear hiking shoes, bring water to drink, and bring a flashlight or headlamp. No sign up is required for this hike.

Meet: At the Wolfberry Day Use Area, located on alternate Park Road 5 next to Juniper Camping Loop. Look for signs that will tell you where to turn. Plan to arrive at no later than 5:00pm at the park entrance to ensure that you make it to the hike on time.

Fees: Regular park entrance fees - $5 per adult, kids 12 and under are free.

December 31, 2018 - 11:30pm -- Hoppin' John Midnight Hike

It's a Palo Duro tradition - The Hoppin' John Midnight Hike is a great way to ring in the new year in one of the most beautiful places in Texas! We'll start off with a taste of traditional New Year luck food, then we'll count down to the first day of 2019, and we'll end with a 1.5 mile hike on easy terrain. There's no better way to start the New Year off on the right foot... literally!

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear hiking shoes, bring water to drink, and bring a flashlight for the hike. We will serve small servings of Hoppin' John black eye pea soup, but it won't be a meal. Plan to eat before coming out.

Meet: At the Mack Dick Group Pavilion, the first building on the left once you reach the floor of the canyon.

Fees: Entrance fees will be waived for this program. That's right, you get in for FREE!

January 1, 2019 - 5:00pm -- First Day Sunset Hike

Close out the first day of the 2019 with a sunset hike in beautiful Palo Duro Canyon State Park!

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear hiking shoes or boots, bring water to drink, and bring a flashlight for after the sun goes down. Hike will be about 2 miles in length on easy to moderate terrain.

Meet: At the scenic overlook parking lot, 3/4 of a mile inside the park entrance.

Fees: Regular park entrance fees - $5 per adult, kids 12 and under are free.



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