12 Hours in Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon
No tour of Texas would be complete without a stop at this natural wonders. While you're at it, enjoy some of the small-town charms that Canyon has to offer.

No tour of Texas would be complete without a stop at one of the state’s great natural wonders. And while you’re at it, enjoy some of the small-town charms that Canyon, Texas has to offer. We’ve got the scoop on where to eat, relax and play in this historic Texas town.

Breakfast: Ranch House Café

810 23rd Street

Start your day off in Canyon, Texas, with a hearty breakfast at Ranch House Café. The restaurant offers affordable prices, cozy dining and a menu big enough to please the whole family. Be sure to try the steak and eggs combo with a large cup o’ jo. For those with a sweet tooth, go for the chocolate chip hotcakes – you won’t regret it!

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

2503 4th Avenue

Make a mid-morning visit to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and take a look around the largest history museum in the state. Be sure to check out the Gems of the Plains exhibition to learn about some of the matriarchs who made the Texas Panhandle what it is today. As one of the museum’s series of exhibitions on Women in the West, this features stories and information about women who overcame obstacles, redefining what it means to be a woman in the Panhandle-Plains.

Lunch: Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant

408 43rd Street

A favorite for locals and passersby alike, Pepito’s is a nice little hole-in-the-wall where you can quench your thirst for some Tex-Mex. Start off with their house-made chips and salsa – always a must! Once properly pre-stuffed, try the beef fajita chimichanga or the enchiladas with green chili. Top it off with some sopapillas if you still have room.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

11450 Park Road 5

Work off lunch with a stroll through the nation’s second largest canyon, (second to the Grand Canyon, of course) Palo Duro Canyon. This 120 mile-long canyon features spectacular views and opportunities to hike, mountain bike, explore the trails by horse, study nature and bird watch. Interested in souvenirs? Stop by the Visitor Center or The Trading Post for books, pottery, jewelry and more.

Dinner and a Show at the Canyon

If you’re planning a summer visit, come to the outdoor patio of the Pioneer Amphitheatre for a pre-show barbecue feast. Once you’ve licked the leftover BBQ sauce off your fingers, make your way into the amphitheater for TEXAS Outdoor Musical Drama. This show features the musical and theatrical portrayal of the early Texas settlers – struggles, triumphs and everything in between. Witness singing, dancing and fireworks as you learn some Texas history the fun way! Be on the look out for special events throughout the fall and winter.

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