|How to Get There
Palo Duro Canyon is a state park that
can only be reached on its western side.
Take FM 217 east from Canyon. Canyon
lies south of Amarillo on Interstate 27.
You can also check out this map for
Canyon's location. Canyon is the home to
West Texas A&M and the Panhandle
Plains Museum, the largest historical
museum in Texas.
|The marker commemorating the Palo
Duro Canyon battle.
|Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River
|The recreated Charles Goodnight dugout inside the park. Goodnight
ranched here for several years, and let Kiowa and Comanche warriors to
conduct buffalo hunts on the land, of which a film was shot in 1915. The
movie is available at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park Store.
|Palo Duro Canyon: The Birthplace of the Red River
|Intrepid explorer Randolph B. Marcy followed the Red River to its source at
Palo Duro Canyon and was mighty impressed. Read about his discoveries
The history of how the Plains Indian tribes and the Anglo settlers in Texas
interacted is very complicated. Both sides had legitimate complains but also,
both sides were not always open to peaceable interactions. This was mainly
due to the lack of insight into either culture. A good book to learn about these
cultural misunderstandings is Empire of the Summer Moon by S.E. Gwynne.
|The canyon floor is breathtaking. Within the crumbling rock hide caves
and jackals, used by Comanche, Mexican, and French traders. Here,
they bought and sold goods, food, and even slaves (often, captives from
Indian Territory or from Texas).