Calendar of Events


June 21, 2018 - 8:00pm -- Summer Solstice Sunset Hike

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, and the official beginning of summer! Help us say farewell to spring with a sunset hike in Palo Duro Canyon.

Prepare: Dress for the weather, bring plenty of water to drink (we recommend 2 liters per person and pet), and bring a flashlight or headlamp for after the sun goes down.

Meet: At the Chinaberry Day Use Area, located just passed the first water crossing in the park. 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

June 23, 2018 - 7:30am -- Early Birds Walk

Whether this is your first time birding or you’ve been doing it for decades, come out to Palo Duro Canyon to experience and learn about some of our beautiful wild birds. Join park staff on this easy, early morning walk as we explore the amazing variety of birds that live in and visit the canyon.

Prepare: Dress for the weather, wear good hiking shoes and bring water to drink. If you have binoculars or bird guides, please bring them. Some binoculars will be available for your use. Please do not bring pets to this event as they may scare away the birds.

Meet: At Chinaberry Day Use area, on the right hand side of the road just past Hackberry Camp and the first water crossing.

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

June 23, 2018 - 10:00am -- 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

June 30, 2018 - 1:00pm -- 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.



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