Saturday, December 31, 2016

Palo Duro Canyon State park, TX

Traveling back east from from Arizona, I stopped for a night at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the panhandle of Texas.
The campground is at the bottom of the canyon.
A flock of wild turkeys hangs out in and around the campground.
View from the canyon.
Historical ranch land.
The Paseo Del Rio Trail takes you along the river where cowboys once watered their cattle, and where local wildlife still come for water today.
This cowboy dugout was part of Charles Goodnight's JA ranch in the 1880s.
It has been restored to look like it might have looked back then.

Continuing on the trail. Cottonwoods provide shade.
There were some muddy spots.
Critter tracks in the mud.

Daytime moon.
Grinding holes that natives used to grind mesquite beans.
Watching turkeys out my window.
They look for drips coming from the water spigots.
A little feather display.

They roost at night in a nearby tree.

Another hike.
Saw some birds...  a bluebird,
A Ladder-backed Woodpecker (I think)
View from the trail.
There are many more trails I could hike if I make it back there again.

1 comment:

  1. Lots more to see there so another visit is in store.