I’ve been to Texas a couple times before : in Dallas and in Austin. I loved both especially Austin, which had such a friendly and open vibe. This time around, we were not trying to explore the whole state, which is just roughly the same size as my home country France. But we did want to take a real break there and actually sightsee. We slept in Amarillo that night, our last stop before Albuquerque. And even if the day was sunny and more than hot, it just made sense to spend a few hours in Palo Duro Canyon State Park.
This place was mind blowing and it was mostly due to the vibrant colours we witnessed during our short hike down on sunflower trail. Palo Duro Canyon was formed by millions of years of water erosion by the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River and the West Texas wind. Its elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level. It is often claimed that Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States after Grand Canyon. We picked an easy trail and the only one described as “shaded” because we were scared Nola would not be comfortable in full sun. the hike was so pleasant and varied. We only saw 1 other couple the whole time we were there, which definitely made the experience even more special.
Due tu COVID, the State Park requires reservation before coming in ($8 per person). Camping is also possible but with limited availability.
After our night in Amarillo, we stopped at Cadillac Ranch, a very well-known Route 66 spot. This art installation was installed in 1974 and consists of 10 Cadillacs burried nose-first in the ground. The cars have been damaged with times and people are now spray painting freely on them. I love that it evolves with History and that when we were there, we saw a BLM tag on it <3.
Stay tuned for our New Mexico adventures next!
Coco, Bobby, Nola and Vanito!