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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Steve Johnson / Washington Post

It’s not every day that a High Plains destination receives the royal treatment from The Washington Post. But last week the legendary newspaper heaped praise onto Palo Duro Canyon, calling it “Texas’ Best Kept Secret.”

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Sad Monkey Railroad Finds a New Home in Canyon

Dec 7, 2015
The Canyon News

An important part of many happy Palo Duro Canyon childhood memories has found a new home, reports The Canyon News. The Sad Monkey Railroad was a small train that made a short circuit through the canyon to the delight of thousands of children over many years. And now the train will be displayed near the town square in Canyon, Texas.

There is an upside to lower oil prices. StateImpact Texas takes a look at consumer trends. Lower prices at the pump might mean more tourists for gems like Palo Duro Canyon.

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Revenue and visitors are increasing at Palo Duro Canyon State Park according to the Amarillo Globe-News.  Total park revenue increased to $4 million.  Here are the percentage increases:

  • Total park revenue- 13%
  • Activity fees and concessions- 11%
  • Entrance fees- 8.3%
  • Facility fees- 17.1%

Improvements: