|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
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
|Palo Duro Canyon:
The Birthplace of the Red River
|Know Your History
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).
|Intrepid explorer Randolph B. Marcy followed the Red River to its source at Palo Duro Canyon and was
mighty impressed. Read about his discoveries here!
|Questions or comments?