Hiking in State Park
Popular Day Hikes in Palo Duro Canyon
While you’re here, you may want to check out some of the popular day hikes in Palo Duro Canyon:
Lighthouse Trail. The most popular day hike in the park, where you can see the famous Lighthouse Rock. It is a 6 mile round-trip hike.
Givens, Spicer & Lowry Running Trail. This is the longest trail in the park at 11 miles RT that passes through the badlands and various parts of the canyon.
Paseo Del Rio. An easy 2 mile RT hike along the Red River.
Be sure to watch out for snakes and flash floods, and always take a lot of water! Have a great time exploring Palo Duro Canyon.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS: Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER: Your body loses fluid quickly when you’re on the trail. Bring at least one quart of water per person per mile.
TELL OTHERS WHERE YOU’LL BE: If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
WEAR A HELMET: When mountain biking, check with park HQ to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash.
POTENTIALLY HARMFUL PLANTS AND ANIMALS LIVE HERE: Staying on the trail makes them easier to see.
WEATHER CHANGES QUICKLY: Check forecasts before you leave and prepare for unexpected changes in the weather.
TRAIL ETIQUETTE: Trash your trash. Keep the park natural. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace.