10) Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Known as the Grand Canyon of Texas, Palo Duro Canyon is located in the Texas panhandle. It also had the distinction of being the second largest canyon in the United States. The park has more than 30 miles of trail for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. You can bring your own horses or take a tour with Old West Stables; then head to Pioneer Amphitheater and catch a production of TEXAS about the early settlers. The park maintains cabins for rental on the rim and the floor, as well as various campsites from basic to modern ones with electricity and showers. Animal lovers will enjoy the bird watching and other local wildlife, including wild turkeys, bobcats, mule deer, and road runners. The park is also home to two threatened species — the Palo Duro mouse and the Texas horned lizard. Sometimes Texas longhorns can be spotted at the rim.
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