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Palo Duro Canyon - 7.5 hr drive from Austin

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Well worth the trip.

We went up for the 24hrs in the Canyon, had a great time!  The Crew that maintains the trails do a great job, and are very dedicated.

Lots of sandy sections, lots of rocks, lots of ledges.  Carry plenty of water, it gets stupid hot down there.

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I've never been up there and I've lived in Austin for 20 years.  I may try to stop there while returning from a road trip to Portland next month.  

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I thought Comanche Trail was technical. We went there last Thanksgiving, tons of walkers. By the third day we had our fill.

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After 20 years of living in Austin, I finally had the opportunity to ride Palo Duro Canyon.  I was able to get in 20 miles before having to reluctantly finish my ride and continue the trek back to Austin.  This trail system has some of the best views you'll get in Texas, and the trails offer a variety of riding.  Some trails have many technical features, combined with sharp climbs or descents. Others offer fast, flowing singletrack that you can really hammer on (being careful of others, of course).  There's nary a straight piece of trail in the whole park!  Highly recommend, and I look forward to riding again!

Some photos here:

Strava track:

https://www.strava.com/activities/1930284821

 ..Al

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2 hours ago, St.Bernardo said:

Did you go up the Rock Garden Trail to the canyon rim?  Fantastic views up there.

I did not.  I was time limited, so I was trying to do a full loop with as much as I could fit in.  I was following a 26 mile track from MTB Project called "Baby Grand", which included nearly everything out there, minus the Rock Garden Trail.  I ended up skipping some stuff at the end because it took me longer than expected to get to the 20 mile mark, and I really had to get back on the road to head home (this was the end of my trip, having started in Portland on Monday). 

Next time I'm out there I'll be sure to include Rock Garden Trail.  🙂

 ..Al

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About to go there for spring break, what are the best trails I should look out for? Love me some DH.

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My wife and I are heading to Palo Duro in a couple of weeks for our 24th anniversary.  Any suggestions for three not-too-long rides?  My wife is a strong rider but she gets cranky if we ride too long.  Plus, we will be dealing with potentially hot days and little shade.  

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The trails in the bottom of the canyon on the South side of the main road are flowy riding and it is easy to ride what is comfortable then bail off to get back to camp.

The trails that go up on the ridge on the Northish side of the main road will be more strenuous and technical, and don't offer as many places to bail out.

Take plenty of water. You never know if you may have to share with a Touron grandparent who goes hiking with an 8 ounce bottle to share with all the grandkids they brought along. Happened to me once. Had to go find a park ranger to rescue them with a golf cart.

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On 5/3/2019 at 9:08 AM, hurronnicane said:

My wife and I are heading to Palo Duro in a couple of weeks for our 24th anniversary.  Any suggestions for three not-too-long rides?  My wife is a strong rider but she gets cranky if we ride too long.  Plus, we will be dealing with potentially hot days and little shade.  

Paseo del Rio to Rojo Grande to Sunflower is fun because they go by the river and there's a good amount of shade.   A very different feel than the rest of the park.  We would do that south than go back north on Juniper/cliffside  and/or Capitol Peak (more rocky and sunny).   All of that was fairly easy, my 10 year old daughter was rolling with us the whole way.    

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