ElevationAscent: 361' 110 m
Descent: -361' -110 m
High: 3,120' 951 m
Low: 2,826' 861 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A family-friendly trail that is the center-piece of Palo Duro Canyon.”— Craig Whiteside
Family Friendly The trail is wide and obstacle-free with the opportunity for kids to spot numerous lizards. Bring the 4-legged best friend, especially if you need to tire out high-energy dogs.
There can be a high volume of foot and bike traffic. Go early to miss the crowds and stay late!
Glimpses of the lighthouse formation can be seen from multiple viewpoints, but make sure you complete the trail to fully experience it up close (round trip around 6 miles). The trail begins relatively flat, but as it continues trails split, leaving options for gradual elevations and descents vs. more difficult paths for mountain biking.
The path is mainly packed dirt and rock, but loose sandy paths are not absent from this trail. You do have to cross creek beds along the way, but usually they remain dry during summer seasons.
Givens, Spicer, and the Lowry Trail all have a connecting point on this trail. A trailhead sign indicates any turns to different trails; stay left at each junction to continue on Lighthouse.
To access the lighthouse pillar, there is a moderately difficult climb with possible large gaps to step up and over. Remember to bring water and a shade hat, and rest when needed on benches throughout the trail. Keep a head up for mountain bikers.
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Land Manager: Texas State Parks - Palo Duro Canyon