Vacation On the Edge of the World: Rim Cabins of Palo Duro Canyon

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Long referred to as “The Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon State Park has something else it’s famed for. Its onsite accommodations make those who stay in them feel like they’re living life on the edge – literally! The Rim Cabins of Palo Duro consist of three small abodes: the Sorenson, the Lighthouse, and the Goodnight.

Palo Duro Canyon is America’s second-largest canyon. This North Texas treasure is approximately a 30-minute drive from Amarillo and is close to 120 miles long, 800 feet in depth, and 20 miles in width. Visitors have found that one of the most enjoyable ways to see all of its spectacular views is to stay on the canyon rim itself. The three Rim Cabins in the state park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s but have since received some upgrades. They come complete with heaters and air conditioners, as well as microwaves. The only downside to these quaint accommodations is the no-pets policy. Park Interpreter and Volunteer Coordinator Lindsay B. Pannell identified, “Our … cabins have the rustic charm and modern conveniences to make any stay nice. But the real gem is the view. Each cabin is sitting at the edge of the spectacular Palo Duro Canyon with vistas of the Spanish Skirts, soaring turkey vultures, not to mention the absolutely breathtaking sunrise that kisses the far canyon rim with stunning zeal every morning.”

Video: YouTube/TexasCountryReporter

Shared by the Texas Country Reporter YouTube channel, the short video above gives viewers only a brief highlight of what can be expected from the wonderful cliff-side cabins at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. In addition to breathtaking views, there are a number of outdoor recreation choices for those staying at the park. Wildlife and bird watching are among them. Biking, hiking, and horseback riding have also become quite popular here, on over 50 miles of trails. Details for additional things to do can be found on the Palo Duro Canyon State Park website, at the link provided here. Those interested in spending a night or two in one of the rim cabins can coordinate a booking through the park’s reservation system. Stays are presently being booked five months in advance, so potential guests are asked to plan far ahead. To check their availability or make an online reservation for the rim cabins, visit the Palo Duro Canyon State Park website through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at the link provided here.