Saturday, October 30, 2010

Campground review - Palo Duro State Park

Palo Duro State Park is more than a campground, it is a destination. We highly recommend making this a priority stop if you are visiting or going through the panhandle of Texas. One if the greatest moments of our trip so far was the first night at this state park, our oldest son the teenager Blake, said this place is awesome dad! The boys really were able to be boys here.
Another highlight was looking up at the stars with Patsy and Tanner (there were soo many of them) and pointing out the Milky Way to him.

Cleanliness - 9 - Very well-kept. Even the trails were free of debris.
Bathrooms - 7 - They were typical state park bathrooms. Heated - nice in the cooler evenings. Showers were hot.
Facility fun - 10 - Besides the amazing views, hiking and biking trails, a playground, weekend ranger activities, there is also a show here during the summer about Texas. For our boys the best thing about this park was they could make forts and play games in the rocks, hills and canyons.
Facility usefulness - 8 - Dump station, no full hook-ups or laundry, They do have a nice store for supplies if you don't want to drive the 12 miles to the town of Canyon.

Nearby attractions - 6 - Canyon is 15 minutes away and Amarillo 30 minutes.

Staff - 8 - I really enjoyed talking to our camp host. The Rangers were also nice.

Natural surroundings - 10 - You are camping in a canyon with tons of beautiful views. We also saw wildlife such as mule deer, wild turkey and lizards, plus some cool insect life. My wife was a little freaked out by the steep drive in and the wind that howls from about 1-3 am every night.
Roominess 9 - Big spots, no pull-throughs though. Each spot also has a small shelter with a picnic table and fire-pit. Plenty of room to carve a pumpkin!

Value - 9 - Using our Texas State Park Card we paid $25 for the first two nights and half-price the third night.

Overall - 9

There were too many pictures to choose from so enjoy the show.

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