The vistas in Palo Duro canyon are nothing short of stunning. This is due to the almost ethereal light which illuminates this natural treasure. World famous painter, Georgia O’Keeffe, who lived in the Amarillo and Canyon areas of the Texas Panhandle in the early 20th century wrote of the canyon, “It is a burning, seething cauldron, filled with dramatic light and color.”
While native Americans had inhabited the canyon for centuries, the Spanish explorers who came much later first called the area “Palo Duro,” which translates to “hard wood.” The canyon was formed by erosion from the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River as the water moved sediment downstream. Over time, the wind and water gradually widened the canyon. It is now the second largest canyon in the United States, following the Grand Canyon.
In the depths of the Great Depression, Palo Duro Canyon State Park was opened on July 4, 1934, and it contains 29,182 acres of some of the most beautiful land in the Southwest. Located in the northern most area of the canyon, the state park draws thousands of visitors, from all over the world, every year.
Lots to Do in Palo Duro State Park
According to Trip Advisor, “this dramatic 60-mile long and 800-foot deep canyon is noted for its excellent hiking, birding, fishing and mountain biking.” Visitors have posted hundreds of “must do” activities on this site.
The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife notes that visitors can explore the canyon by foot, mountain bike, horse or car. “We have more than 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. They can also camp, geocache, study nature or bird watch. During the summer, enjoy a performance of the outdoor musical drama TEXAS.
“Visitors can choose from campsites with water and electricity, primitive drive-up sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas. Stay in one of three cabins on the canyon’s rim or four limited service cabins on the canyon floor. Rent our new pavilion for a wedding, reunion or meeting.”
A Palo Duro Picnic is Fantastic
Because of its natural beauty, great amenities and close proximity to Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a great place for a picnic! That, of course, calls for some great food to make the experience even more fun.
In a short amount of time, MenuRunners has become the “go to” place for fresh food delivery in Amarillo, Canyon and surrounding areas of the Panhandle. Instead of spending hours in the kitchen, preparing the picnic fare, one click on the MenuRunners app can have the best food, from a huge number of top restaurants, delivered to your door.
While Palo Duro Canyon is gorgeous and a perfect place for a relaxing meal outside, anywhere in Texas can be turned into the perfect picnic place. All it takes is the right friends, family and food!
Here are some suggestions for your next picnic, all of which can be delivered to your door by MenuRunners.
- Submarine sandwiches – It’s hard to go wrong with this picnic staple. Get a variety and make sure you have enough for ALL of your nit pickers!
- Barbecue – There’s nothing better than brisket, sausage, and chicken along with potato salad, beans and corn for any picnic.
- Pizza – Yep. This is a great variation on the standard picnic fare.
- Ribs – At a picnic, nobody EVER turned down another rib! For baby back ribs, be sure and order at least one rack per person.
- Chinese and Thai food are also both picnic-worthy. Just be sure and order enough!
- Burgers and fries – Another easy way to make your tribe happy!
- Dessert – Don’t forget the sweets. Cookies, ice cream, cupcakes and any other sweet thing for your sweet “thang.”
Get Out There!
When the weather is cool and the scenery is magnificent, there is no better place than TEXAS to be outside. Pull out the map, turn on the GPS, and grab the MenuRunners food. Then, ladies and gentlemen, you can start your picnic!
For your next picnic, let us take care of the food.