Palo Duro Canyon Jeep/Offroad Trails?

by Larry
(Fort Worth, Texas)

My Jeep Wrangler YJ

My Jeep Wrangler YJ

My Jeep Wrangler YJ

I've read about the "Jeep Jamboree" event at the Figure 3 Ranch in Palo Duro Canyon, but it appears that the ranch is only open for special events like this.

I can't seem to find any definitive information about State Park or Public land available for off road use.

I heard about some other off road areas around the Amarillo area, but nothing specifically in the Palo Duro Canyon area.

Do you know of anything available to the public within the boundaries of the Canyon itself? I understand that the drive from the Fort Worth, Texas area where I live is roughly 5 and 1/2 hours to the Amarillo area. This is about 3 hours less than a trip to my favorite place...the Big Bend National Park.

I think it would be fun to explore the canyon by Jeep...if at all possible. Thanks

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Dec 03, 2015
A little known trail.
by: Anonymous

I may be a little late on this, but hopefully the next time you're up here, you can experience this little known "trail" (it's all county roads, but they're not the most well kept) through Palo Duro Canyon. Since you'll be coming from DFW (assuming you're coming up US 287), I'll give you directions to start at the south end of the trail. When you reach Clarendon, turn left (SW) on to FM 2162 (AKA Koogle St.,) Which will be the stoplight between the Trading Post and Allsups. Take 2162 all the way down to CO RD X. This is essentially the start of the "trail". Just follow the road. There are many side roads, but explore at your own risk, all of the surrounding land is private ranch land. That being said keep an eye out for cattle. You will cross several cattle guards, but don't worry, as long as you stay on the main road, you'll be okay.
You'll come up to a ranch house, Slow down as you travel through this section as there are children that live there. Drive over their cattle guard, and into their fenced property (remember you're still on the CO RD.) At this point you will make a Right hand turn (N) on to what becomes CO RD 25. Just follow the road back up out of the canyon. It will eventually Lead to CO RD 21, Which will take you out to FM 2272 (AKA Romeo Rd). Follow this road to the west, and it will Lead you out to TX 207. To get back to US 287, simply follow 207 north, and it will meet up with 287 on the west end of Claude, right next to the Cefco.

I hope this is something along the lines you're looking for. I have made this drive many times, in both directions and have never had a problem with anyone down there, just with cattle blocking the road. ;)

Jan 09, 2015
4x4 near Amarillo
by: Grant

North of Amarillo theres a fun place for off roading for all kinds. Where the canadian river crosses the highway. Just make sure you have an ohv sticker.

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