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10 of the best state parks in America

By: Josh Lew on Feb. 11, 2014, 9:32 a.m.
Badlands in Palo Duro Canyon

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon stretches for 120 miles through the high plains of northern Texas. It reaches as much as 20 miles in width and averages about 800 feet in depth. This makes it the second largest canyon in the U.S. behind the Grand Canyon. Palo Duro Canyon State Park puts people in touch with one of America's quintessential landscapes. The canyon, unique hoodoo rock formations and shrub-lands are the stuff of cowboy lore.

Deer, coyotes, bobcats and rattlesnakes populate the park. Hiking trails lead to some of the best scenic overlooks, though many people choose to drive or travel by horseback because of the sometimes rough terrain. Palo Duro Canyon State Park also has a little bit of quirkiness. “TEXAS,” a live stage show, has been performed at the park's amphitheater nightly during the summer for the past 40 years.