Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Parts of this 120-mile-long, 800-foot-deep canyon, which drops dramatically out of the High Plains, are relatively popular, but much of it is suitably secluded. Where the road ends at the equestrian camp, a trail into the juniper and mesquite trees wanders some five lonely miles through tall grasses and cottonwoods before reaching the park’s border. Trails twist and turn past walls of red, yellow, green, and white that represent a geologic history spanning 250 million years. Water gurgles over sand glittered with gypsum, and coyotes often serenade the quiet nights.
From the June 2008 issue.