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Old 06-13-2010, 01:57 PM   #1
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Palo Duro Canyon

Have any of you camp in Palo Duro Canyon State park with 40 ft or larger and how is road down? Going this week1
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The road is fine but steep. You should not have any problems. If I remember correctly it has water and electric.
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Sites are water and electric. The road down is steep, so just gear down and come down slow. Coming up, gear down and take your time.

Be sure and see the play while you are there.

Another much smaller place to the south is Cap Rock canyon. Camping is up on the rim and nothing over 21' is allowed over the rim.

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The road is fine but steep. You should not have any problems. If I remember correctly it has water and electric.

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While you are there, take the jeep tour of the canyon. Ask for Hodie for a guide. You won't regret it.
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Nope. The road down is about 2 miles long and has 10% grade in spots. It is clearly marked that when you got through the entrance gate. Practically speaking, there is only one stretch where it is really 10% but it is fairly long and has a hairpin turn at the bottom. If you haven't ever done it before, the idea is to use short stabs at your service brakes to prevent the MH from picking up too much speed. I made the mistake of stopping dead at the top of it, locking into low gear with the exhaust brake on and didn't touch the services brakes in that part of the decent. I was treated to an unplanned transmission upshift about half way down it (the transmission was trying to protect the engine) and it was white knuckles after that.

If I were doing it again, I might unhook the toad before starting down. We have an aux. brake in the toad but it might be better to take the two vehicles separately.

There are several campgrounds. We took the one where flash floods would be no problem. It is right at the base of the hill. It had water and 30amp electric, like most of the State Parks.
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The first time I went down into the canyon, it was in the trailer of a cattle truck. (School class trip) About halfway down there was a blowout on one of the trailer tires. It scared everyone on board except the driver. Had a great time and a great trip home about 60miles.
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Was there last year . . . was a passenger with a friend driving. There were many RV's in the canyon at the campgrounds - none of those folks seemed particularly weird or otherwise permanently affected from the trip down the hill.

Also, I seem to remember several tour buses bringing folks to the show (which is really good!). Some of those buses were of the Prevost variety.
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