DAY 9 PLAN: Palo Duro Canyon Visit


THE PLAN FOR TODAY

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VISIT DAY: Palo Duro Canyon, TX

  • HIKE/EXPLORE the canyon
  • 6PM – BIG TEXAN STEAK RANCH DINNER
    (6pm-8pm at Pioneer Ampitheatre Patio, Palo Duro Canyon – get there early as there is a line)
  • 830PM – TEXAS the Musical Drama
    (730pm – 10:30pm, at Pioneer Ampitheatre, Palo Duro Canyon – performance starts at 8:30pm)

NITE: “Developed Primitive” Campsite / Palo Duro Canyon State Park campground

WEATHER: AMARILLOPALO DURO CANYON

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SEGMENT DETAILS

Texas, the musical – at the ampitheatre, Palo Duro Canyon
(see website for details
1514 5th Avenue, Canyon, Texas 79015
Tel: 806-655-2181 / Fax: 806-655-4730

  • A LONE HORSEMAN, carrying the flag of the great state of Texas appears atop a 600 foot cliff, signaling the beginning of the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the world. With a burst of fireworks and a moving swell of the music, the horseman gallops away. Suddenly, a cast of more than 60 actors, singers and dancers takes the stage to kick off the show that millions of fans from all around the world have come to see. Only a state as big as Texas could host a show as big as TEXAS!
  • THE BEAUTIFUL PIONEER AMPHITHEATRE, carved out of and nestled into a natural basin in the majestic Palo Duro Canyon–the nation’s second largest canyon–comes alive once again this summer with the 43rd Anniversary Season of the Official Play of the State of Texas.
  • IN THIS FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOW, set against an authentic tapestry of history, the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800s. Song and dance abound-and a generous helping of good ol’ Texas humor too-with spellbinding lighting, special effects and fireworks.
  • COME ENJOY OUR TEXAS HOSPITALITY! You’ll want to come early and enjoy a delicious steak dinner served by the world-famous Big Texan Steak Ranch on our covered patio. How about a backstage tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the show is produced? Look for these on our website, or let our friendly customer service team arrange these for you when you call.
  • Steak dinner served by the Big Texan Steak Ranch: The steaks are cooked on site and served to you right off the grill. The meal also includes a wonderful salad and fruit bar, homemade bread rolls, and cheese potato casserole, along with peach cobbler for dessert. Of course, there are a few other sides such as, but not limited to, au-juice, grilled onions, and for those who like it hot, mesquite roasted jalapeños. Drinks consist of water, tea, or homemade lemonade, all prepared fresh daily.
  • FEES: Dinner: $16.95/person; Show: $29.95/person.
    To Purchase Tickets for the Show or Dinner and Show: https://secure.ticketsage.net/EventsPage.aspx
  • Dinner served at 6pm / Show starts 8:30pm

LODGING: Palo Duro Canyon State Park
11450 Park Road 5, Canyon TX 79015
(see park website)
Phone: 806-488-2227

Developed Primitive Areas: There are two camping areas that have been designated “primitive”. (Cactus and Fortress Cliff) The areas have designated camping sites. Each has a table, a shade shelter, fire-ring and water available in the area. They have no restroom or shower facilities. You may drive (1/2 to 2 miles) to an adjacent camp loop for restroom/shower facilities. A maximum of 8 people are permitted in each site.

FOR CAMPING RESERVATIONS ($3 service charge for reservations): call: 512-389-8900 OR go to online reservations.

RATES: Entrance Fee: $ 5.00/adult, free/children 12 and under (Any facility or overnight fees are in addition to the daily entrance fee.) Developed Primitive campsite: $12/site

DIRECTIONS: (27 miles southeast of Amarillo) From Amarillo, take IH-27 south to SH 217, and go east 8 miles.

NOTES:

17 JAN 2010: Definitely think we will camp at the canyon (we have to decide between tent camping or cabins… the cabins are actually a bit more “rustic” in terms of location, i think, from what i could tell on the park map — assuming we did the cow camp cabins… which are also the cheapest). We need to make reservations for the camping.

Also think we should plan to stay 2 nights… the first night we will have just arrived, but the next day we can explore the park and in the evening, there is this “outdoor musical” performance in a huge theatre carved into the rocks, and it dramatizes the history of the area and they have a “Texas steak dinner” right before, and it can be kind of a nice thing to do… definitely a bit kitsch-y, but probably really “Texan” in that sense…

PLANNING ASSETS

  • Texas state official tourism site (about the state, plus things to do, etc.)
  • Palo Duro canyon state park – has campsites (Developed Primitive Areas – There are two camping areas that have been designated “primitive”. (Cactus and Fortress Cliff) The areas have designated camping sites. Each has a table, a shade shelter, fire-ring and water available in the area. They have no restroom or shower facilities. You may drive (1/2 to 2 miles) to an adjacent camp loop for restroom/shower facilities. A maximum of 8 people are permitted in each site.
    FEE: $ 12.00 per site.) For more about the canyon, read this article.
  • Oklahoma route 66 association website for more info on locations along route in Oklahoma
  • Texas route 66 association – website that also contains a guide of their section of the route
  • visit the Cadillac ranch along route 66
  • TEXAS musical show and dinner at Palo Duro Canyon
  • Foss OK, ghost town that would be interesting as a photo op/walkabout. Here isone guys’ account.
  • The Devil’s Rope Museum – quirky museum about barbed wire in Mc Clean TX
  • Palo Duro Canyon hiking trails