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As I drove through Texas in January 2011, I was told about Palo Duro Canyon (The Grand Canyon of Texas).  I did not take the time to check it out during that trip.  In February 2012, I took the time.  

The park is located about 8 miles out of Canyon, Texas (about 25 miles South of Amarillo).  There was a $5 entrance fee to the park.  Before the park ranger took my money, he advised me that the back end of the park (from washout #2) was closed for hunting season.  He told me that I could get to the mountain bike trails before the road was closed.  After all, I was there to look at the scenery and check out the trails!

It was a little chilly (and with a biting wind) to take to the trails.  From what I could see, I will plan to stop back at the park in the Spring or Fall to ride the mountain bike trails.

I know Palo Duro is not in New Mexico.  But, I have not created a section of Texas photos and I was on my way home from New Mexico when I visited the canyon.  Here are some photos I took during my visit.

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I vowed to return to Palo Duro Canyon to ride my trail bike.  May 2012 during another trip to Albuquerque, I got my chance.  Overcast day, temperture about 70.  I headed out of the Lighthouse Trail.  After less than a 1/2 mile riding and hiking my bike, I gave up.  Just above my ability, and I was not comfortable riding it by myself.  Here's my photos taken on the aborted ride.

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