Calendar of Events

October 1, 2016 - 7:30am -- Fall Sunrise Hike

The only thing that rivals Palo Duro Canyonís beauty is the sun rising over it at the start of a new day. Come experience a hike down the fascinating CCC trail that ends with a panoramic view of the sunset over the canyon walls. This hike will be about 1 mile in length and will be on easy to moderate terrain.

Prepare: Dress for the weather (jackets are probably needed this early on a fall day) and wear good hiking shoes or boots. Bring plenty of water to drink and a flashlight or headlamp for after the sun goes down.

Meet: At the scenic overlook parking, located ĺ of a mile inside the parkís gate.

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


October 1, 2016 - 2:00pm -- 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.

October 8, 2016 - 6:00pm -- The Hiking Dead: Zombie Survival Hike

Think you have what it takes to survive in a zombie apocalypse? Hereís your chance to learn some of the vital survival skills you would need to keep yourself alive if the dead decided your brain was on tonightís menu. This hike wonít be like any other youíve done before, and the game we play throughout will test your ability to survive in the face of a zombie horde!

Prepare: Dress warmly for the weather (or in shorts - Itís October, so who knows!) Wear good shoes or boots for hiking and be prepared to walk a little less than two miles over easy terrain. Also bring plenty of water to drink. Friendly pets on a leash are welcome.

Meet: At the Mack Dick Group Pavilion parking lot. We will use the Pioneer Nature Trail and the Lower Comanche Trail.

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

October 8, 2016 - 8:00pm -- Star Party in the Canyon

Partners in Palo Duro Canyon Foundation presents a night of star gazing, art and fun. Local expert astronomers will astonish you with their astronomical acumen, and give you an opportunity to view the night sky through their extremely high quality telescopes. Warm drinks will be available, and the Visitor Center will also be open with photography and other art on display.

Prepare: Dress warmly and wear good walking shoes or boots. There is a short walk down a hill to get to the site of the star party.

Meet: At the Visitor Center parking lot, about 3/4 of a mile inside the gates of Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

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

October 15, 2016 - 10:00am -- Tales & Trails

Bring the little ones out to hear a hilarious story of the Old West, then take a half-mile hike on the Pioneer Nature 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 Mack Dick Group Pavilion.

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

October 15, 2016 - 2:00pm -- Fire & Iron Dutch Oven Demonstration

For hundreds of years the Dutch oven has been used as the centerpiece of outdoor cooking. Hereís your chance to find out how to get involved in this fun and delicious hobby. Youíll get to try your hand at some of the basic skills required to cook with a Dutch oven, and youíll even get to sample some of the tasty treats you helped create.

Prepare: Dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes or boots. We will be working with hot coals, so sandals and flip flops are not recommended. Seating is available at the event, but you are welcome to bring a camp chair for extra comfort.

Meet: At the Lone Star Interpretive Theater located in the center of Hackberry camp loop, just before the first water crossing.

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

October 22, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm -- History Day

History Day 2016

History comes alive at Palo Duro Canyon State Parkís annual History Day!

Come experience a walk through the past with living history reenactors, interpretive talks, guided hikes and so much more. In just one visit to Palo Duro Canyon State park, you can:

- Experience live firing of a real artillery piece and historic small arms

- Witness a breathtaking performance by the Kwahadi Indian Dancers

- Take a walk through the past with reenactments from the Frontier Regiment of the High Plains, the TPWD Buffalo Soldiers, the 1st Texas Light Artillery and others

- Learn to throw an atlatl and win a prize in the throwing contest

- Enjoy some cowboy poetry with the Southwest Cowboy Poets Association

- Play exciting Native American and pioneer games

- Experience the canyon first hand on a guided nature walk on the Pioneer Nature Trail

- Find out how to knap flint weapons and tools

- Explore the many uses of the American Bison

- See first hand the kind of hard work that the Civilian
Conservation Corp put into building your park

- Learn how the Lords of the Plains, the Comanche Indians, made their living on the Llano Estacado

Come be a part of our history in the making as we celebrate our biggest History Day yet!

Prepare: Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes or boots. Water will be available to drink from the fountains, but feel free to bring cold drinks of your own.

Meet: The event takes place at the Mack Dick Group Pavilion and surround area. Parking is located there as well, with overflow parking across the street if necessary.

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

October 29, 2016 - 5:30pm -- The Hiking Dead: Zombie Survival Hike

Think you have what it takes to survive in a zombie apocalypse? Hereís your chance to learn some of the vital survival skills you would need to keep yourself alive if the dead decided your brain was on tonightís menu. This hike wonít be like any other youíve done before, and the game we play throughout will test your ability to survive in the face of a zombie horde!

Prepare: Dress warmly for the weather (or in shorts - Itís October, so who knows!) Wear good shoes or boots for hiking and be prepared to walk a little less than two miles over easy terrain. Also bring plenty of water to drink. Friendly pets on a leash are welcome.

Meet: At the Mack Dick Group Pavilion parking lot. We will use the Pioneer Nature Trail and the Lower Comanche Trail.

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



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