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Old 06-30-2020, 03:24 PM   #1
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Heading for Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Canyon, TX this fall. We stopped there in our truck camper many years ago, but this time we will be in our 40' coach. Don't remember much about it except as I recall the road down into the canyon and to the campground is a narrow, winding road. Anyone been down there in a big rig pulling a toad?
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:17 PM   #2
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Heading for Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Canyon, TX this fall. We stopped there in our truck camper many years ago, but this time we will be in our 40' coach. Don't remember much about it except as I recall the road down into the canyon and to the campground is a narrow, winding road. Anyone been down there in a big rig pulling a toad?
Was there last year in a 40 footer with a CRV toad. Doable, but keep your exhaust brake on and keep it slow. Coming back up it will be 1st or 2 gear.
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We were there late Feb 2019, beautiful park, really nice campground with many good sites. We unhitched at the top and drove down in - a little steep and curvey, but no big deal (unless there’s flash floods).

We stayed in site 26 of the Sagebrush loop - it is closer to the entrance and less likely to get closed off or impacted from flash floods.
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We easily did it with our 40' MH towing the Jeep. Just get into low gear at the top; not in the midst of the downhill. You'll save your brakes that way and yes, put your exhaust brake on. You'll be down it in a couple minutes!! Unhook the car if it will give you more confidence but a car shouldn't have any effect on the drive.
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We went down into the canyon in 2016, unhooked the toad at the entrance to the park. You want have any problem doing it just take your time and watch for other vehicles coming up.
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Good thing you are going in the fall. We just left this morning after just one day because it was 106 degrees yesterday. Couldn't handle it, but will now consider going back in the fall or spring. We stopped their on our way to Angel Fire, so it wasn't a wasted trip.
You should be fine driving down and up the park road, just follow all the advice from those in the above posts.
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Good thing you are going in the fall. We just left this morning after just one day because it was 106 degrees yesterday. Couldn't handle it, but will now consider going back in the fall or spring. We stopped their on our way to Angel Fire, so it wasn't a wasted trip.
You should be fine driving down and up the park road, just follow all the advice from those in the above posts.
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Hope you packed your long johns.... has been 30-40 deg in mornings!
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This guy was just there last month in his Sprinter van. He didn't stay but has good video of the drive down and up and around the canyon.

Youtube video

RVerTV - Palo Duro Canyon Texas State Park - 2nd Largest Canyon In US

If you want, you can click your way down the entrance via Google Maps Street View, just put the cursor way down the road and click, continue doing so. The entire park is on street view plus a number of spot 360 images are there also.


Google Street View drive down, beginning at the sign at the visitor center/overlook

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Been down there several times with out dually and 40 foot 5er. No problems. Just down shift and go slow. There are a couple of switchbacks that someone will need to wait if you manage to get there at the same time. I always give the fellow coming down the right of way. Going up is the easy part.

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why? that's what a toad is for. there was a twin 42 footer to ours down in the canyon when we visited, like you read here owner said it was "doable". Do not miss Caprock Canyon while you are in the area. you can camp there amongst the buffalo. Every bit as interesting.
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