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Recreation


Wider choices, deeper levels of satisfaction.
Canyon isn’t just a great place to relax, it’s also a great place to recharge your spirit in spectacular natural settings there are tempting attractions promising both entertainment and enlightenment. From the second largest canyon system in the U.S. to a world-class Texas history museum, Canyon takes enjoyment of life to deeper levels.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park:
The landscape runs deep here and so does the history. The canyon began forming more than a million years ago. The gorgeous sandstone colors are the result of four geologic eras. Human history in the canyon goes back 12,000 years when the first intrepid humans hunted mammoths and herds of giant bison. Much later, these first peoples were followed by the Apache and then the Comanche and Kiowa, all skilled horsemen. Today more than 30 miles of trails wind through 1,500 acres set aside for horseback riding against majestically timeless vistas. For those who prefer to explore on their own two feet or the two wheels of a mountain bike, the scenery and feel of Palo Duro trails are just as compelling. In fact, Palo Duro has been designated the state’s top mountain bike destination.

So come ride, hike, bike, and explore the backcountry and the back stories. Conquistadors bequeathed the name Palo Duro, meaning “hard wood” in honor of the mesquite trees. The U.S. Cavalry and the Native tribes engaged in fierce battles here, and an empire-sized cattle ranch once flourished in the canyon. Even the Civilian Conservation Corps left its mark in several sturdy cabins. Campsites of all varieties are also available. Palo Duro allows for an immersive experience in a rich natural world that includes wild turkey, deer, coyotes and bird watching.

Once a year, human songbirds take to the panoramic stage of the Pioneer Amphitheatre for the famed annual production of musical extravaganza “Texas.” (LINK TO LIVING PAGE)

Canyon Parks and Recreation
With the nation’s second largest canyon system in its backyard, Canyon residents might have been content to let nature handle the city’s recreational needs. Instead Canyon has invested wisely to create and maintain over 300 acres of city parks that include a 30-acre soccer complex, nine baseball/softball fields, a swimming pool and a six-acre lake. Canyon offers the clear spaces and clear air for clear thinking and higher life quality.

Canyon Golfing
Watch the birds or chase the birdies in a city where public and semi-private golfing options more than satisfy. The 9-hole Canyon Country Club has been called a “gem” by Texas golfing reviews for good reason. This venerable course, opened in 1925, offers pristine fairways and flawless greens. The meticulously designed 18-hole Palo Duro Creek public course offers all the amenities of a private course, and serves up both beauty and challenge in every scenic shot. Unrolling through the attractive Hunsley Hills neighborhood, the course puts the waters of the Palo Duro Creek in to play on 14 of the 18 holes.

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Ready to cover all of Texas’ 26,000 square miles on foot? Relax, that’s the promise that the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM) fulfills—delightfully and fascinatingly. While the PPHM is a critical educational resource for Texas educators and students, it’s also an inviting leisure time activity for Canyon residents. With more than 2 million artifacts in diverse subjects including art, history, paleontology, archeology and petroleum, the PPHM offers something new with every visit. The Southwest art here is of the highest level, and there’s vibrant and irresistible creative spirit (attractions include a life-sized oil derrick and pioneer town) that has earned the museum the nickname “Smithsonian with a Texas accent.”


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