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Palo Duro Canyon State Park: Natural Beauty and Natural Ability to Lift Your Spirits

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Take a trip through Palo Duro Canyon State Park on the official Texas Parks and Wildlife YouTube channel as Randy Ferris and Bernice Blasingame of the TPWD narrate this three-minute video, intermixed with historical footage, regarding the second largest canyon in America.

Located just south of Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon is often called the “Grand Canyon of Texas.” After driving across the Texas Panhandle, (which Ferris identifies as being like a billiard table,) the canyon basically drops in front of you, and you’re looking at 20,000 acres of wide-open country with a beauty that’s hard to put into words. Experiencing it for yourself is the best way, in truth but this video goes a long way toward highlighting the perfect opportunities the park gives you for hiking, horseback riding, biking, and viewing nature.

Blasingame explains where the tent city was for workers that developed access within the park, and Ferris tells viewers that the canyon itself is more than 120 miles long and over 20 miles wide. He further goes on to explain how the area was considered to be sacred since man began taking up residence in the area, and how original inhabitants thought it to have natural powers. He noted that to this day, the Comanche Nation still hold the area to be sacred. For Blasingame, who was asked how she feels about seeing the park, the surroundings lift her spirit and she appreciates the natural beauty around her on days that she happens to be feeling low. It truly is a powerful place to be, and given the chance, perhaps you should see Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and experience its natural abilities for yourself!