A Gaggle of Gobblers?

10 04 2011

Palo Duro Canyon

What do you call a bunch of wild turkeys? Whatever it is, we were awakened by a group of 5 clucking and scratching as they wandered through our campsite this morning. We made the long trek to the Texas Panhandle yesterday all the way from Lake Travis to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the “Grand Canyon of Texas”. Located at the end of a 2 lane county road about 10 miles off of I-27, you approach through the grass and wheat fields that stretch as far as can be seen. Seemingly out of nowhere, a huge canyon begins to open along the road. Entering through the state park gateway you drive a bit further along the rim and then head down into the canyon. All facilities, day use picnic areas, rustic as well as electric/water sites, stables and miles of hiking/biking trails are located on the floor of the canyon.

Palo Duro Canyon

We’re in site #32 in the Hackberry Camp Area. The site is one of the first as you enter the loop, fairly private and close enough to the showers – but it’s not level. Even with all of our leveling blocks we can’t get the front of the truck high enough. A better site would be #30. Roughly in the center of the campsite loop is a shower house with two clean showers, sinks and toilets. There are dumpsters scattered along the loop road and an RV dump station nearby on the main road. There are 3 camp areas that cater to RV’s with power and water connections. The first as you drive into the canyon is Sagebrush, the largest with about 40 sites, then Hackberry with about 30 sites and finally Mesquite with about 20 sites. Each of these areas provide 30/50 amp electric & water service, a shower house and a nearby dump station.

Hackberry Site #30

When we arrived about 6:30 last night, the wind was howling out of the south with gusts to nearly 50 mph. But, down in the canyon the winds were a bit more mild and it became calm after sunset. We fired up the grill and enjoyed a good dinner. There is no TV or cell service in the canyon, we’re completely “unattached” here. This morning the winds stay fairly calm until about 9am. Once the red dust of the canyon starts blowing, we pack up and head out. Today we’ll continue north, finally leaving Texas, passing through the narrow panhandle of Oklahoma and into Kansas. More later.




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