September 8, 2022 - reviewed by Terry Proeger
Best for hikers and bikers
Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a uniquely beautiful state park with numerous hiking and mountain biking trails. Unfortunately, due to recent heavy rains, the hiking and bike trails were closed. We stayed at the Hackberry Campground, which we preferred due to the presence of more trees and, in some cases, vegetation between campsites. We liked campsites 10-18 on the outer edge because of their spacing and vegetation allowing for some privacy. The Mesquite Campground had some great views, but fewer trees. A few of the campsites have partial shade, but most offer little shade other than a covered picnic table. The hiking and off-road bike trails looked interesting. We were here in early September. It was very hot during the day (90's), but cooled down sufficiently at night to turn off our air conditioner
March 31, 2022 - reviewed by Skip Watson
What A Cool Place
Spent 3 nights in Hackberry, then had to move to Juniper because there weren't 5 days in a row at any site when we made reservations. Heard stories of poor cell coverage, but we had 4 bars of 5G AT&T. Very clean restrooms and showers. 2 dump stations in the park. Each RV site has W&E. Sites are well spaced. Wild turkeys come through the camp each evening. Lots of scenic trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking ranging from very easy to pretty strenuous. Can get muddy in wet weather, and we saw evidence of flooding in the past couple of months. Lots of history, from Indian wars to CCC construction during the Great Depression. Our first time here. Probably won't be our last. $26 with a $70 Texas State Parks pass good for free entry into any state park for a year. Without that it's another $8 per person per day.
March 20, 2022 - reviewed by Mike
Got surprisingly good cell service in Juniper 104. 4 bars 4G
October 26, 2021 - reviewed by KRS
My sisters and families stayed 4 nights (10/18-10/21) at Sagebrush (128 &130). A few of us did a couple of short, fairly easy hikes. Beautiful scenery! Saw some wildlife and heard the local coyotes! Restrooms/showers were clean. Campsites were pretty level. Only negative was the flies, which were horrendous! We had a great time!
June 7, 2021 - reviewed by Traveling Texans
Awesome State Park
We stayed here 3 nights on the Hackberry loop (#5). This is a beautiful park. If you visit in the Summer, the Texas musical is a must see. Also, Canyon is a cool little town with a really cool museum on the West Texas A&M campus.
Unfortunately, the park received torrential rains the night before so the trail system was closed the entire trip. Be aware that sites #1-9 on the Hackberry Loop may flood from a stream that leaves its banks. Our site was covered in 2-inch deep water and slick mud everywhere. This might be important: if you are looking to have WiFi or make a call, there is ZERO service to be found. You’ll have to go to the entrance to get any service. It’s not a big deal until you need to make a call. Then it’s a hassle.
Will certainly want to return to go hiking.
April 23, 2021 - reviewed by Robbie
Great Biking & Hiking
Sagebrush campground site 124 was great. 40” motorhome with tow vehicle. Water & electric, no sewer. Covered picnic tables. We enjoyed 4 nights there. We hiked, biked and took a lot of pictures. We saw birds, turkey & roadrunners. We had a burgers at the Trading Post, very good. All the bathrooms and showers I saw were very clean. The dump station is hard to get in and out. I recommend this park.
March 21, 2020 - reviewed by wave1wannabe
Palo Duro State Park
Stayed two nights in the Hackenberry loop. Had a nice level back-in site right next to the stream that runs through the park. Nice trail system for both hiking and mountain biking. We were there in early March so there were no crowds to speak of. Bathrooms and showers are clean but getting to the point where they could perhaps use a little maintenance love. I would not hesitate to recommend this park to friends.
September 7, 2019 - reviewed by Kelly B
Wildlife abouts. Great trail system. Well spaced and cared for camp sites. Cell service is almost non-existent. Many things to do. Bathrooms need some work. Get a Texas State Park pass in advance and save a lot of $ on entrance fees.
June 17, 2019 - reviewed by Todd
Beware Of Hidden Fees
If you are booking here, be prepared to pay. In addition to the camping fees, you have to pay a park entry fee for every day you stay. For my family of four to camp two nights, we had to pay over $100. I could accept that if I knew up front but the website says nothing.
On top of that, it would appear the restroom facilities have not been updated in decades. For the price they are charging, they should be able to update.
Moving on to the camp itself. Each campsite has a nice concrete pad and shelter for the picnic table. Unfortunately, ours was completely covered in mud.
Even with all the negatives, the park is beautiful and I am not sorry we came.
May 22, 2019 - reviewed by Mike W
Still A Great Place
We spent several days there 5 years ago, and we loved it. We’ve been talking about going back ever since, and we finally made it.
We had a nice level site (Hackberry 30), and hiked on several of the nearby trails. The camp host was very nice and helpful, with lots of info and advice.
We’re birders, and we added five new birds to our life list. In addition, we sat out early one morning and watched the wild turkey toms in full competitive display.
We’ll return for sure.
February 1, 2019 - reviewed by Dean & June
October 16, 2018 - reviewed by Pete
We stayed here for one night in mid September on our way through. I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful it was. Also the overall Sate Park is larger then I anticipated. I will definitely stay again and plan for more nights next time.
August 1, 2018 - reviewed by Bruce Muir
We saw the musical and stayed for only 1 night. Beautiful - wish we had stayed for days.
July 15, 2018 - reviewed by RV Travels
Stunning scenery. We stayed at Mesquite Camp. Loved it! The showers were out of order but we managed. Just electric & water! The camp sites are spaced & you get your own pavilion. Nice experience. We booked show tickets but a big storm rolled thru & we missed it. Definitely will be back!
June 21, 2018 - reviewed by Discover Our Vibe
Great Though Needs Some Work
The camp sites were awesome and well kept. Had many interactions with the employees and all were great. Camp store at bottom of Canyon was awesome to have and very convenient (best camp store we have seen). If you are pulling a trailer be aware that you will have to negotiate the steep canyon to get to the campsites. Only issue we notice was that the park employees said they were full but had many vacant spots throughout the weekend when we first arrived. Better management of canceled parties would help site section. We will be back and will recommend to friends.
April 1, 2018 - reviewed by Freddie
Great campground and beautiful canyon. We stayed in hackberry CG. Large site with electric and water hookup. Bathrooms we clean and hot water for showers. We stayed 2 nights and had turkeys and deer stroll through our site. Many hiking trails and the staff was great. Will be back when we are through this area again.
February 14, 2018 - reviewed by Cheryl
Nice camp area, clean bathroom. Turkey and deer roaming through area. Beautiful scenery
February 1, 2018 - reviewed by Danmar
Stayed 3 nights. Beautiful. Lots of hiking and biking trails in good shape. Lots of wildlife, had a roadrunner and an armadillo wander through our campsite. Wide variety of birds.
November 30, 2017 - reviewed by John Nanninga
Amazing views from any campsite! For a state park this place is amazing the views and scenery I LOVED it!
May 6, 2017 - reviewed by Candy Carter
RV sites well spaced out with a picnic table under a pergola at each one.
Lots of trails from easy to moderately difficult.
The best feature is the views! Breathtaking and stunning.
Staff very helpful and friendly.
Nice restrooms with showers.
August 2, 2016 - reviewed by Danny
Beautiful canyon. Was there at the end of July 2016. Wasn't as hot as I expected. Campsite was good. The trail map could be updated, some trails weren't on the map but clearly marked and named in the field. Make sure your breaks are in good shape before going here. There's a 10 plus degree slope getting down into the canyon, which is where all the campsites are.
April 6, 2016 - reviewed by James
Rangers were very helpful, but amenities are lacking.