Mountain Biking in Palo Duro Canyon

The one complaint I have about Palo Duro Canyon State Park is that there are no decent trail maps. The Park map has a few trails marked but there are few, if any, details and the scale is all wrong in places. (Maybe we will Camp Host here some day and make a decent trail map.) We couldn’t tell how hard any of the mountain bike trails were going to be before heading out.

Last night we took an evening walk on the Juniper River Trail. It turned into a bit of a hike by the time we got back to camp. The Mosquitos were very bad so we diverted out to the road and took the long way back. We will probably go back and ride this trail before we leave. You just have to ride all the way around the Park or walk through the flooded river crossing (only #6 is flooded the rest of the crossings were fine) to get to the trail head.

Today, we thought we would bike the Rojo Grande trail. We found it to be pretty technical so we diverted through Chinaberry to the road and headed for the Lighthouse Trail (the one that we hiked on Tuesday.) We knew what to expect and it was a good ride.

We took the Capital Peak Trail back and that was tough – narrow track with tough climbs and a lot of creek bed crossings. Alan is posing in front of Capital Peak.

I took a head-over-heels tumble at one point. There was a hole at the bottom of a drop and I couldn’t stop looking at it which meant my wheel went right into it and stopped. I’m going to have a nasty bruise where the handle bar went into my thigh. I still really enjoyed the ride and got a good workout.

We are staying here until Sunday so we have time for another ride or hike.

2 thoughts on “Mountain Biking in Palo Duro Canyon

  1. I am the Park Host Coordinator at Palo Duro Canyon. Yes, we are aware that we need a better trail map of our trails. Please contact me if you want to host here and make a map of our trails.

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