Palo Duro Canyon State Park Reservations, Facilities & Fees




    Daily Entrance

      The daily entrance fee to Palo Duro Canyon State Park is $ 5.00 per person.

      Children 12 and under are admitted free.

      School sponsored educational groups will be admitted free of charge. Bus drivers, teachers and chaperons traveling on the bus or with the group for the school-sponsored educational trip are also granted waived entry after filling out the School Group Entrance Fee Waiver. Request for waiver must be made prior to arrival from Park Interpreter or Assistant Manager and will be on file at the entrance office upon arrival. College groups need to fax a letter on university stationery stating purpose of visit and specific educational activities in which they will be engaged. Letter must be signed by department head. FAX 806 488-2556 Arrangements for educational programs must be made in advance with the park interpreter. (806-488-2227 x 2067)

      Any facility or overnight fees are in addition to the daily entrance fee.
      There is no additional fee for the park's Day-Use facilities and no reservation is required for those areas.

      A Texas resident age 65 prior to September 1, 1995 may get a Parkland Passport permit at no charge. This permit admits the bearer only into any Texas State Park. A Texas resident age 65 on or after September 1, 1995 may obtain a partial Parkland Passport that allows entry into a Texas State Park at a discounted price ($3.00 for Palo Duro Canyon State park.) If applicable to you or someone else in your party, please advise the fee collector prior to entrance.

    Overnight Facilities

    Palo Duro Canyon State Park has five classifications of overnight sites:

    Back-Packing Sites
    Back-pack camping is permitted only in the area south of the turn-around. You must hike into the area for at least 30 minutes. Water is only available at the trailhead. Fires are not permitted, although stoves with containerized fuel are permitted. You must carry out all that you carry in. Pets are permitted but must be kept on leash at all times.
    FEE: $ 12.00 per 4 persons.

    Equestrian Camping Sites
    You may camp with your horses in our Equestrian Camping Area. Proof must be provided of Coggins Test within the past 12 months. There is a corral just south of the turn-around with established sites near it with a table, fire-ring, and water. You must ride in designated areas only. (A total of 8 horses/people constitute a site.) Restrooms/showers are available within approximately 1/3 of a mile. Horses may not be ridden to the restrooms/showers.
    FEE: $ 12.00 per site.

    Developed Primitive Areas
    There are two camping areas that have been designated "primitive". (Cactus and Fortress Cliff) The areas have designated camping sites. Each has a table, a shade shelter, fire-ring and water available in the area. They have no restroom or shower facilities. You may drive (1/2 to 2 miles) to an adjacent camp loop for restroom/shower facilities. A maximum of 8 people are permitted in each site.
    FEE: $ 12.00 per site.

    Electrical Sites
    (Mesquite and Sagebrush camp loops, 50 amp service.) Each site has a table (some with shade shelters), firering, paved parking area, water, and electricity. There is a restroom with showers in the camping loop. A maximum of 8 people are permitted in each site. There is a maximum of THREE vehicular units permitted per site. (A vehicular unit is one car, one trailer, one motor home, etc.)
    FEE: $24.00 per site includes up to 2 vehicular units. Any 3rd vehicular unit is billed at the additional rate of $5.00 per day.

    Hackberry camp loop, 30 amp service.
    FEE: $24.00 per site includes up to 2 vehicular units
    . Any 3rd vehicular unit is billed at the additional rate of $5.00 per day.

There are two CCC vintage cabins perched on the rim of the canyon. Though rustic, these cabins have been renovated and have modern heating and cooling systems. Each cabin consists of two rooms plus restroom and shower. Lighthouse has a day bed with a pull-out. Goodnight and Sorenson have full size bunk beds. All three cabins have a queen size bed. There are no kitchen facilities, but there is a table and charcoal grill located just outside. Cooking is not permitted inside the cabins. Bed linens and towels are provided. A maximum of 4 persons are permitted per cabin. No pets are allowed in the cabins, nor may they be tied outside, crated or left in a vehicle.
Check in time is 3:00 P.M. Check-out time is 11:00 A.M.
The cabins are strictly Non-Smoking
FEE: $ 110.00 per night plus tax and entrance fees.

A third, slightly larger cabin, the SORENSON, is similar to the Lighthouse and Goodnight cabins. It has a large deck from which a panoramic view of the Canyon can be viewed.
FEE: $ 125.00 per night plus tax and entrance fees.
In 1933, the C.C.C. built four very small cabins near the turn-around area of the park. Referred to as "Cow Camp Cabins", these have been renovated and are available for rent. Three are one-room, and one has a second small "alcove" room off to the side. Each cabin has a full size bunk bed that sleeps four, a small table with two chairs, a small refrigerator, and a microwave. A picnic table and grill are available on the outside. Bed linens and towels are not provided. FEE: $ 60.00 per night plus tax and entrance fees.
No pets are allowed in the cabins, nor may they be tied outside, crated or left in a vehicle.
Cow Camp Cabins:


For Reservations & Reservation Cancellations see:
The Central Reservations System may be contacted for reservations at 512-389-8900.

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