Canyon: Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon in Randall County is the site of the most decisive battle for the Southern Plains. Small bands of Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Comanche Indians set up camps in Palo Duro Canyon, hoping for protection from the U.S. Cavalry pursuing them. Instead, they were met with a surprise attack and ultimate defeat at the hands of Col. Ranald Mackenzie and his troops. Listen to the story by playing the audio track.

Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the country, a portion of which is now a 30,000-acre state park whose Interpretive Center offers exhibits on the battle and the canyon’s natural and cultural heritage.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park