Palo Duro Canyon State Park is home to the second largest canyon system in the United States. The canyon is about 120 miles long and 20 miles wide in some places, and is up to 800 feet deep. When we arrived, we found that the hiking trails were closed due to all the rain lately. Fortunately, the scenic loop road was open and we spent half of the day just taking it all in.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was established during the depression in order to help employ Americans. One of the things that members of the CCC did was to construct eleven miles of road, including a section of about 1.5 miles that descends to the canyon floor. They also built the visitor center, picnic areas, established look out points and developed some of the trails in the park.

The pictures below are a pale representation of what we saw today, but I hope you enjoy them!

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Karen is a retired software developer, now exploring our beautiful country with her husband, Steve.

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