As an addendum to my “Amarillo is kind of a nice play to stay a few days, if you’re into weird Texas culture and 72oz steaks” I will add my trip to Palo Duro Canyon, which is 30 miles south from here.
This is what Texas looks like, okay?
It’s big, extremely flat, brown, with almost no trees and you can see for miles in every direction.
You can bet then, that I was surprised to find this:
Seriously, you just drive for a long time through the flat-nothingness and then suddenly a gorgeous, desert canyon happens. Monty and Niko and I hiked all day here. Unlike the Oklahoma version, this canyon is the REAL DEAL. They call it the “Grand Canyon of Texas”: huge rocks, plateaus, steep cliffs, beautiful colors and various interesting plants and water formations. I didn’t feel I could manage to get Lola down the steep road in, but I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend camping here if you can. It’s a state park, so they allow dogs, and all of the trails are well marked and wide-ranging in their difficulty.
End of speech, let the pictures roll.