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Palo Duro Canyon does not get the attention that it deserves. As the second largest canyon in the country, measured by length and depth, it boasts a rugged beauty and a deep history that is rarely experienced elsewhere. Palo Duro Canyon was once home to Native Americans and later hosted large numbers of pioneers as they traveled across the country. 

Located in the Texas Panhandle, Palo Duro Canyon State Park is centered around this natural phenomenon. There are many on-site activities for families and and solo adventurers alike. Hiking, biking, and equestrian trails as well as camp sites, restaurants, a visitor’s center, and an amphitheater are prominent features of this natural wonder. One of the major draws to Palo Duro State Park is the TEXAS outdoor musical drama. This family-friendly theater production runs at the park’s Pioneer Amphitheater and features music, humor, and fireworks. Early arrivals to the show can even enjoy a classic Texas-style barbecue dinner before the show! During the summer, many weekends are occupied by Native American exhibitions, fireworks shows, and group hiking or yoga trips. The Canyon can be very busy, so solitude is not always easy to find. 

Lighthouse Formation at Palo Duro Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon Sunset
Palo Duro Canyon

Adventure Awaits

For the adventurers, Palo Duro Canyon features miles of trails for hiking, biking, or horseback explorers. Special equestrian campsites are available for those who would like to bring a horse of their own and an on-site stable offers horses for guided rides through the canyon grounds.

Further exploring options, hikers and bikers may enjoy any of five major trails that traverse the state park’s grounds. By far the most famous popular path is Lighthouse Trail, is a relatively easy six mile trek past several of the park’s most famous formations, including Capitol Peak and Sunday Canyon as well as the Tecovas Formation. The trail culminates with a path to the foot of the 300 foot tall Lighthouse Formation, the most famous geological formation in the park. From that point, a narrow, steep path will allow willing adventurers to reach the base of the pinnacle, or even venture a bit further. This formation is recognized as a national natural landmark and is featured in magazines and on memorabilia all over the park. Although the formation itself is impressive, many travelers are more impressed by the views of the canyon itself. 

Another popular hike is the Triassic Trail, which begins at the rim near the visitor center and slowly descends before ending at Table Rock, a beautiful summit along the edge of the canyon. Along the trail, hikers will cross stone bridges over creek beds and may experience many wildlife encounters. At the end, the trail offers beautiful southward views over the canyon. There are many nights in the warmer months where park rangers lead sunset hikes along this trail so that less experienced hikers can enjoy the vistas without worrying about the logistics. The eleven mile long Givens, Spicer & Lowry Running Trail is the longest trail in the park and offers a path across the badlands, around the canyons, and near some of the park’s wonderful geological formations.

More Great Hikes

Similarly, an additional hike is the Triassic Trail, which begins at the rim near the visitor center and slowly descends before ending at Table Rock, a beautiful summit along the edge of the canyon. Along the trail, hikers will cross stone bridges over creek beds and may experience many wildlife encounters. At the end, the trail offers beautiful southward views over the canyon. There are many nights in the warmer months where park rangers lead sunset hikes along this trail so that less experienced hikers can enjoy the vistas without worrying about the logistics. The eleven mile long Givens, Spicer & Lowry Running Trail is the longest trail in the park and offers a path across the badlands, around the canyons, and near some of the park’s wonderful geological formations.

Activities in Palo Duro Canyon

Hiking Palo Duro Canyon

Hiking Palo Duro Canyon

With many miles of trails minutes from your cabin or campsite, we know you'll find beauty and adventure through out the Canyon.
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Horseback Riding in Palo Duro Canyon

Horseback Riding in Palo Duro Canyon

What better way to explore the canyon than with the thrill of horseback riding. Enjoy the nature of our local area by Horseback. Fun for the whole family!
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Palo Duro Canyon Zip Line

Palo Duro Canyon Zip Line

A fun field adventure with thrills and exploration for all ages just minutes away.
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Mountain Bike the Canyon

Mountain Bike the Canyon

With many miles of trails minutes from your cabin or campsite, rent a bike through one of our preferred vendors or bring your own to explore America's Second Largest Canyon system
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Amarillo and Canyon,Tx Restaurants

Restaurant Recommendations

Restaurant Recommendations

Check out our restaurant recommendations just a few minutes away from our properties.
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Other Family Friendly Activities

Other Family Friendly Activities

The Panhandle–Plains Historical Museum, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, and Texas Outdoor Musical are a short drive from our properties. Check out these fun activities in our local area.
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Why We're an

The Heart of the Canyon Resort offers specialized accommodation for travelers to the canyon area. We live up to our name by offering vacation rentals in the heart of the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. With thousands of visitors each month, it can be difficult to find worthwhile accommodation around the state park. Other than low-quality motels and expensive resorts, there aren’t many options. Heart of the Canyon helps to fill this void by offering visitors a more sensible choice. We specialize in affordable and homey vacation rentals that can accommodate any size group. Here are some ways in which our services stand out amongst the crowd.

Location, Location Location.

Location is the most important factor for families choosing Canyon Texas accommodation. There is no point in staying at a hotel miles and miles away from the state park. Heart of the Canyon Resort is located just a short drive from the Palo Duro Canyon. This maximizes the amount of time that visitors can stay in the park. Whether beating the crowds of tourists in the morning or enjoying a short ride back after a long day, our location is one of the leading features of this new facility.

Bespoke Planning Service.

The first visit to Palo Duro can be daunting for many visitors. The park is so large that many people don’t know where to begin. At the Heart of the Canyon Resort, we offer a dedicated concierge service that will help guests plan their visit to the park. Our experienced staff knows the park and the surrounding area forwards and backward. They will provide our guests with a detailed travel guide the is most fitting for their needs, time constraints and preferences. The staff will also be more than happy to answer any questions for our visitors.

Best of Both Worlds.

While the Heart of the Canyon Resort is located close to the Palo Duro state park, the grounds are also conveniently close to the city of Amarillo. We strategically chose this land in an effort to give our guests the best of both worlds. Visitors are close enough to the park to visit on a daily basis without a long drive. The amenities and conveniences offered by the city of Amarillo are also located within a short driving distance. This ensures that visitors don’t have to choose between the convenience of a town and the beauty of the outdoors.

Dedicated Host.

Along with a dedicated staff, the Heart of the Canyon Resort also a host who is very involved. Visitors who stay in a vacation rental often prefer to have contact with the host. This can make the stay more comfortable and familiar. Our host is available 24/7 and can be contacted by guests who have any issues, questions or concerns. We don’t want our guest to feel like strangers. Instead, we strive to make each visitor feel like a part of the Heart of the Canyon Resort family.

Competitive Pricing.

There aren’t many other vacation rentals in the surrounding the Palo Duro Canyon state park. The Heart of the Canyon Resort is helping to fill a void and offer visitors a unique form of accommodation that is more comfortable and affordable. We strive to keep our prices low in order to allow visitors of all sizes and backgrounds to come and enjoy the beautiful are of Canyon Texas.

Why We’re Unique

All of our competitors may claim to be unique, but there is one factor that truly makes the Heart of the Canyon Resort stand out from others: we care. We care about our guests, their experience at the resort, their overall vacation and everything in between. Our staff and hosts go above and beyond to ensure that visitors have the best experience. We understand the importance of family vacations and want to ensure that everything goes perfectly when you visit with us.