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Lighthouse Trail, Palo Duro Canyon

Location: east of Canyon, Texas
Distance: 5.75 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 360 ft
Date: April 26, 2013

The Lighthouse Trail in Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a about a 2.9-mile (one way) trail that goes to a geological formation known as the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is 310 feet high, and along with the rest of the canyon, has been designated as a National Natural Landmark. This trail is the most popular in the park, so it may have heavy traffic, including hikers, mountain bikers, and horses. Luckily during my visit there were not many other people.

Palo Duro Canyon begins southeast of Amarillo and is a 120-mile long canyon that is up to 800 feet deep, making it the second largest canyon in the United States. Most of the canyon is not in the park, but part can be found in relatively nearby Caprock Canyons State Park (and another page about it here).

The majority of the trail is flat with only a few places of elevation changes, mostly when crossing dry streams. Once the trail arr…