Calendar of Events


July 21, 2018 - 3:00pm -- We Can Take It! The CCC in Palo Duro Canyon

Come learn the inspiring history of the men who built Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Civilian Conservation Corps. There will be a half-hour presentation featuring the history of the CCC, followed by a hike down the CCC trail which was used by the 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 - at least 2 liters per person is recommended. 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 their own supply of water, and they are not allowed inside the visitor center before the hike.

Meet: At the El Coronado Lodge visitor center, located one half mile inside the park entrance. Plan to arrive at the park gate by 2:30pm to ensure that you make it to the Visitor Center on time.

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

July 21, 2018 - 6:00pm -- 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 entrance fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.

July 21, 2018 - 9:30pm -- Star Party with AAC

For thousands of years, people have looked to the night sky to understand our place in the universe. Come out to Palo Duro Canyon to experience the night sky and hear some of the stories that are told in the stars above. The Amarillo Astronomy Club will be on hand with their expertise and their impressive telescopes.

Prepare: Dress for the weather and bring camp chairs and/or blankets to sit on. Flashlights will be needed for getting to and leaving the area. Red lights work best for nighttime use.

Meet: At the Wolfberry Day Use Area, located towards the back of the park on Alternate Park Road 5. A lighted, flashing arrow will be placed at 8:00pm to help direct you to the area where you will park.

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

July 22, 2018 - 3:00pm -- We Can Take It! The CCC in Palo Duro Canyon

Come learn the inspiring history of the men who built Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Civilian Conservation Corps. There will be a half-hour presentation featuring the history of the CCC, followed by a hike down the CCC trail which was used by the 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 - at least 2 liters per person is recommended. 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 their own supply of water, and they are not allowed inside the visitor center before the hike.

Meet: At the El Coronado Lodge visitor center, located one half mile inside the park entrance. Plan to arrive at the park gate by 2:30pm to ensure that you make it to the Visitor Center on time.

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

July 25, 2018 - 10:00am -- Tot Trek

Bring the little ones out to hear a hilarious story of the Old West, then take a half-mile hike on the Paseo del Rio Trail with the park interpreter. This hike is aimed at toddlers and young kids, but anyone who is young at heart is welcome!

Prepare: Wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots and bring water to drink.

Meet: At the Chinaberry Day Use Area.

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

July 26, 2018 - 10:00am -- 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. This program is for kids aged 4-12.

Meet: At the El Coronado Lodge visitor center, 3/4 of a mile inside the park gates.

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

July 27, 2018 - REGISTRATION FULL -- Marsapalooza Full Moon Hike

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. All spots for the hike have been claimed. Please check back next month for future full moon hikes.

Join park staff for a very special night in Palo Duro Canyon. The moon will be full, and the planet Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been in the last 15 years!

Prepare: THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 40 WHO SIGN UP, AND REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

To get your tickets to the event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marsapalooza-full-moon-hike-tickets-47616836239.

Meet: Registered participants will be given further instructions on where to meet for the hike.

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

July 28, 2018 - 6:00pm -- Evening Birding Walk

Painted Buntings, Mississippi Kites, and many other beautiful birds abound at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Join park staff for this evening birding walk to see and learn about some of these beautiful creatures. Veteran and new birders are all welcome!

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear hiking shoes, and bring water to drink. Binoculars and bird guides are useful, but not required. Palo Duro Canyon bird checklists will be available as well as a few sets of binoculars.

Meet: At the Chinaberry Day Use Area, located just past the first water crossing on the floor of the canyon.

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

August 8, 2018 - 8:00pm -- Sunset Hike with Amarillo Hiking Club

Join park staff and the newly-formed Amarillo Hiking Club for a lovely evening hike in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Enjoy the beautiful canyon views from the Comanche trail, and learn about the new hiking club and its activities.

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear hiking shoes or boots, bring water to drink, and make sure you have a flashlight or headlamp for hiking in the dark.

Meet: At the Chinaberry Day Use Area, located just after the first bridge on the floor of the canyon. Plan to arrive at the park entrance no later than 7:30pm to ensure that you make it to the hike on time.

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

August 10, 2018 - 3:00pm -- Canyon Wildlife Program

Palo Duro Canyon isn't just a fun place to spend time in nature. It is also home to many different animals! Join the park interpreter to learn about some of the wildlife that calls this place home.

Prepare: Come prepared to learn about a variety of wildlife. Skins, skulls, and preserved snakes will be available.

Meet: At the Visitor Center, 3/4 of a mile inside the park gate. Plan to arrive at the park gate no later than 2:30pm to ensure that you make it to the program on time.

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

August 10, 2018 - 9:00pm -- Star Party

For thousands of years, humans have looked to the sky to understand the universe around them. Help us continue in this ancient tradition as we gaze at the stars and learn some of the stories they tell.

Prepare: Bring camp chairs and blankets for comfort. Bug spray and refreshments (non-alcoholic please!) will be great! A flashlight will be needed for getting into and out of the area, but please remember not to shine your light into the crowd to preserve their night vision. Red bulbs or filters on your lights work the best for night use.

Meet: At the Lone Star Interpretive Theater, located just before the first bridge in the middle of Hackberry Camping Area.

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

August 11, 2018 - 4:00pm -- We Can Take It! The CCC in Palo Duro Canyon

Come learn the inspiring history of the men who built Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Civilian Conservation Corps. There will be a half-hour presentation featuring the history and pictures of the CCC structures in the park, followed by a hike down the CCC trail.

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 Visitor Center, located 3/4 of a mile into the park from the gatehouse. Plan to arrive at the park gate by 3:30pm to ensure that you make it to the Visitor Center on time.

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

August 11, 2018 - 9:00pm -- New Moon Hike

Experience Palo Duro Canyon in an all new way: in the dark! Join the park interpreter for a hike one the darkest night of the month.

Prepare: Wear hiking shoes or boots, bring water to drink, and have bug spray ready. Flashlights will be needed, and those with red bulbs or filters work best for night use. Plan to arrive at the park entrance no later than 8:30pm to ensure that you make it to the hike on time.

Meet: At the Mack Dick Group Pavilion parking lot.

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

August 15, 2018 - 10:00am -- Triassic Trail Nature Hike

Join the park interpreter for an easy hike on one of the most scenic trails in the park.

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear hiking shoes, and bring plenty of water to drink for all participants (human and pet!).

Meet: At the Triassic Trail Head, located about halfway down the big hill in the park. Watch for the yellow signs to direct you where to go. Plan to arrive at the park's entrance no later than 9:30am to ensure that you make it to the hike on time.

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

August 17, 2018 - 6:00pm -- We Can Take It! The CCC in Palo Duro Canyon

Come learn the inspiring history of the men who built Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Civilian Conservation Corps. A short presentation will be followed by a hike down the CCC trail.

Prepare: Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes or boots. Bring plenty of water to drink - at least 2 liters per person is recommended. 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 their own supply of water, and they are not allowed inside the visitor center before the hike.

Meet: At the El Coronado Lodge visitor center, located one half mile inside the park entrance. Plan to arrive at the park gate by 5:30pm to ensure that you make it to the Visitor Center on time.

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

August 17, 2018 - 8:30pm -- Campfire Sing Along

Join us for a camping tradition: A sing along and s'mores around the fire! Thanks to modern technology, we can safely have a campfire even when we are under burn ban.

Prepare: Dress comfortably and feel free to bring drinks (non-alcoholic please!) and snacks. S'mores will be provided. Seating is available at the interpretive theater, but you are welcome to bring your more comfortable camp chairs.

Meet: At the Lone Star Interpretive Theater, located in the center of Hackberry Camping Area.

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

August 18, 2018 - 4:00pm -- 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 entrance fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.

August 18, 2018 - 7:00pm -- Pliking

It's our take on a Swedish fitness craze. We've combined the Swedish term ''Plucka Upp'' with Hiking to create Pliking: A fast paced, fitness oriented hike where we pick up litter. Come prepared for a challenging hike!

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear good hiking boots or sneakers, and be sure you have ample amounts of water to drink. Half a gallon is the minimum for each person. Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and bug spray will all be helpful. This hike will be on easy to moderate terrain, and about 3 miles in length.

Meet: At the Lighthouse trail parking lot.

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

August 22, 2018 - 2:00pm -- Atlatl in the Afternoon

Find out how your ancestors hunted for food, and then learn to use their hunting tools for yourself!

Prepare: Dress for the weather and bring water to drink. It is likely to be hot, so sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen will make your experience much nicer.

Meet: In front of park headquarters.

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

August 24, 2018 - 4:00pm -- 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 entrance fees ($5 per adult, children 12 & under are free). No charge for this program.

August 24, 2018 - 7:00pm -- Tour of ''The Village''

The Village is a historic campground built in the early daysof the park. It has been off-limits to the public for many years, but here is your chance to explore this cool area.

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear good hiking boots or shoes, and bring plenty of water to drink. This hike will be about 1.5 miles in length, and we will climb several flights of stairs.

Meet: At the Visitor Center, located 3/4 of a mile inside the park gate.

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

August 25, 2018 - 10:00am -- Tot Trek

Bring the little ones out for a fun hike and activity with the park interpreter.

Prepare: Dress for the weather and bring water to drink. This hike will be over easy terrain. This event is for toddlers and young kids, but older kids and the young-at-heart are welcome to tag along!

Meet: At the Chinaberry Day Use Area. Plan to arrive at the park entrance no later than 9:30am to ensure you make it to the hike on time.

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

August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm -- Junior Ranger Program

Bring the kids out to earn their Junior Ranger badge!

Prepare: Bring kids ages 4-12 to the Visitor Center. They will learn about safety, stewardship, and service. We will complete a short service project and earn a custom sleeve patch.

Meet: At the Visitor Center, 3/4 of a mile inside the park gate. Plan to arrive at the park by 12:30pm to ensure that you make it to the program on time.

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

August 25, 2018 - 3:00pm -- Geology Tour

Join the park interpreter to learn about the geology of Palo Duro Canyon on this combination walking and driving tour.

Prepare: This program requires that you sign up ahead of time at park headquarters. Due to seating in our van, this program is limited to the first 14 who sign up. Kids must be old enough to ride without a car seat.

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

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

August 26, 2018 - 8:00pm -- Green Corn Full Moon Hike

THIS EVENT REQUIRES REGISTRATION!

August is the month of the Green Corn Moon, when the light of the full moon shines on fields of growing green corn. Join us for a hike under the light of the full moon!

Prepare: Register for this hike at https://greencornfullmoonhike.eventbrite.com. Registered participants will receive an email with further instructions. This hike is limited to the first 40 participants who sign up,and registration closes on August 20th.

Meet: Registered participants will receive instructions on where to meet for the hike.

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



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