Friday, December 2, 2011

Paw Print Adventure with Ziggy ™ Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

It's been a while since we've posted a new adventure.  We've been to many new, and exciting places, so we need to play catch up. Without further ado...

This adventure takes Ziggy to Palo Duro Canyon which is located 27 miles southeast of Amarillo, Texas.  

Palo Duro Canyon State Park opened on the 4th of July, 1934. The Canyon is 120 miles long, 20 miles wide, and has a depth of 800 feet.  The elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level. Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. (The Grand Canyon is the largest canyon: 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and one mile deep, but let's not get into that right now...that's a future adventure!)

Since juniper and mesquite trees flourish in the area, Spanish Explorers called the canyon Palo Duro, meaning hard wood.

Being that we're a family from a big city (Chicago), we had never seen a canyon before.  Neither had Ziggy, or his brothers.  Ziggy, Brando, and Humphrey, enjoyed barking at the Texas Longhorn (cattle) that were grazing along the road.  We tried to be very quiet as deer approached the road, but Ziggy had other ideas.  We had just enough time to snap a few photos before Ziggy started to bark, again.

The trails were abundant, and each one had breathtaking views.  We took so many photos it was hard to choose which ones to use for this adventure.  How lucky we are to have such a majestic place to visit, not too far from home. We can't wait to go back.

On this adventure, the medium for Ziggy's paw print was the sand on the trail.  He's finally getting big enough to leave his own paw print behind.  It was so exciting to see it in the sand!

Thank you to Palo Duro Park Services for helping with this post.

Until next time, where will Ziggy's paw print be next?  I'll give you at hint...Ziggy will be there!!



  1. You picked perfect photos! We have always enjoyed the southwestern landscape but we have not been to where you were. I have family in San Antonio, and I am sure they have visited where you went.

    What a great vacation!

  2. I just love hiking with my dogs! Good for their hearts and good for mine ;) Now the beach... hmmm don't you hate how Cavaliers are little dust mops that sweep the sand right into their coats. Bath Time!!

  3. Lovely, adventures are so great. I loved looking at the my dogs pawprints in the sand at the beach

  4. it's a big day when you are big enough to leave your paw print on the trail. !