Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Amarillo Ranch RV Park, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

This morning we drove 110 windy miles to Amarillo, TX, and are spending the night at Amarillo Ranch RV Park. This is a Passport America park, close to I-40, but actually one of the better Passport parks we’ve stayed at. The cable and Wi-Fi really work, the sites are spacious, and the office employees were very nice. Pretty nice for $16.50 a night.
We got here around noon, after losing an hour due to crossing into Texas and now being in Central Time. After lunch we took a ride to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, about 25 miles south of Amarillo. We had originally planned to stay there, but they charge $25 a night for a campsite, and a $5 per person, per day entrance fee so we just decided to take a day trip from here.
We drove the scenic road through the park, and stopped to hike the 5.4 mile round trip Lighthouse Trail, the most popular trail in the park. On a windy, dusty, hot weekday in May, though, we only saw a few other people on the trail. It is a beautiful park.
Loved the colors and layers in the rock.
We also drove through the campgrounds to check them out, and found quite a few wild turkeys wandering around.
Looked like she was checking out this nice looking motorcycle.
On the way home we made a stop at Academy Sports, CVS, and picked up a pizza at Domino’s. Still have to make a Wal-Mart trip before we go, but that was enough excitement for one day.
Moving on again tomorrow, this time for Oklahoma.


  1. Next time your in Amarillo head north about 35 miles to the Alibate Flint Quarry (National Historical Park)
    We were there last November and they take you on a very interesting tour.


  2. Be safe traveling. We arrived in Branson yesterday -- this is a BUSY place!

  3. Great pics! It's a shame the Texas Parks are so expensive. I'm sure they would charge us even more with our second vehicle. Stay Safe!

  4. That so looks like northern Arizona/Southern Utah with the colored rocks...miss you guys! D.

  5. We stayed at Palo Duro Canyon several years ago. Out cats were fascinated by the turkeys.