One Night in Palo Duro

I had just finished 5 days at Caprock Canyons State Park and if you read my blog consistently, you definitely know it’s become my favorite park to visit. But the thing is, my trip around the “south by southwest” wasn’t over. Next up was a beautiful location, another state park. This one is called Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

It’s just as pretty as Caprock Canyons but I’ll be honest. I checked in, drove down into the canyon where my campsite was located and my heart just wasn’t in it. There are a few reasons for this:

  1. Coming from an amazing park, I wasn’t sure Palo Duro could measure up
  2. Lots of flies
  3. No internet or cell connection

That last one sounds shallow, I know. But coming from Caprock where connection was spotty, I didn’t think I could make it another 5 days with no phone or internet. Sometimes the truth is ugly. On top of that, I didn’t want to leave the trailer because of the flies. They were already getting in the trailer and I had just been there a couple of hours. Whether I was going out or getting back in the trailer, they were right by the door waiting to get in. It was frustrating and annoying. I thought that I just needed to gird my loins and endure this for the next 5 days and it would be fine. I’d focus on taking pictures, walking the dogs, swatting flies.

But that’s no way to enjoy a state park, even if it was gorgeous. So one thing led to another and without having to tuck my tail and run, God provided a way out and I took it. After one night, I packed up and headed east towards Oklahoma City (where I biked around and took pictures). The next destination was Tulsa, Oklahoma for a Judah and the Lion show. Check back in tomorrow for my recap of that fun night. With all that said, I DID manage to take a few pictures in the short time I was there. Hope you enjoy!


In summary, Palo Duro is pretty but for me it wasn’t the right timing. I’ll have to go back so I can really enjoy everything that’s there. But hey, take my advice, don’t go to Caprock Canyons first. Everything after that will pale in comparison.

Thanks for dropping in!

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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