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Coast to Coast (35) - Visit of Amarillo and Palo Duro Canyon in Texas

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Palo Duro Canyon Park near Amarillo in Texas

Our visit to Amarillo, in this new day of coast to coast travel in the United StatesIt began with a walk through the city, after getting the car parked without paying!

Yellow, in TexasIt is a very nice, quiet, quite harmonious city. Ideal for a quiet life.

During our walk we saw a statue, with a plaque signed by former President Bush, in tribute to astronaut Rick Husband, son of Amarillo, and died in 2003, after the disintegration of NASA's Columbia ship, along with the entire crew of which he was his commander.


Monument tribute to astronaut Rick Husband in Amarillo in Texas

The visit that caught our attention the most, after the kind explanations at the Amarillo Visitor Center was Palo Duro Canyon, a state park located 25 miles from Amarillo, and where we decided to go.

Suddenly, Aurora realized that she had left her glasses in the motel. We returned quickly and, although the cleaning employees had already passed, and the sheets and quilts of the beds had been piled up in a corner, after a few moments of anxiety we found the glasses hidden by the sheets on the floor. Aurora breathed calmly.


Canyon of Palo Duro Canyon park near Amarillo in Texas

From the motel we have driven to the Palo Duro Canyon. As far as we are informed, it is the largest canyon in Texas and the second largest in the world, after the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.

He Palo Duro Canyon State Park opened to the public in 1934. The canyon has 190 kilometers in length, a maximum of 33 kilometers wide and a maximum depth of 250 meters. Its ridges reach 1,200 meters above sea level.


Palo Duro Canyon Park lookout near Amarillo in Texas

Highlights, but incomparable with the 450 kilometers in length and more than 2,000 meters of maximum depth of the Grand Canyon.

We toured the canyon by car, stopping in those places that we found most attractive. It is really interesting to see the different forms that nature has taken over the centuries. You can clearly see the different geological layers, of different colors, as well as the vegetation.


Palo Duro Canyon Park near Amarillo in Texas

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We have crossed several streams, and we find several areas enabled for camping and picnicking.

In the park there was also a discreet restaurant, a souvenir shop and a very interesting museum building, where you can learn everything about the canyon, when it was discovered, the Indian tribes that inhabited it, geological aspects, flora, fauna….


Palo Duro Canyon Park Museum near Amarillo in Texas

We were about two hours, and it was the first park we visited on the trip. We have really left very pleasantly shocked by what we have seen, how beautiful nature can be, and the feeling of peace that it has transmitted to us.

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