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Route 66's National and State Parks

Full information on the Parks & Outdoors near Route 66

Detail of all the National and State Parks located along Route 66: Full information on each of the Protected Natural Areas located along the alignment of Route 66. A State by State list of both State and National Parks.
Places where you can hike, fish, hunt, watch the wildlife and enjoy the outdoors.

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Parks along U.S. 66

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View of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon and Colorado River
Grand Canyon and Colorado River, Arizona. By

There are many otdoor options to enjoy nature along Route 66 or close to it in Arizona, below are some of them

Near Flagstaff

Read about the parks near Flagstaff

San Francisco Volcanic Field

The hills and mountains that surround Flagstaff and extend towards the Grand Canyon are geologically young as they formed during the last 6 million years. They are now extinct volcanoes forming the San Francisco Volcanic Field.

A hotspot below the Earth's mantle heated the magma which caused vast eruptions. As the American tectonic plate moved west, the volcanos spread eastwards.

This created the highest mountain in Arizona (San Francisco Mountain) alt. 12,633 feet (3.853 m) and also the youngest volcano in Arizona, Sunset Crater which erupted some 900 years ago.

Though quiet now, there will be more eruptions in the Volcanic Field, but when they will take place is not known.

The volcanic field covers about 1,800 square miles (4.660 km2) is a great outdoors area. Most of it is lies within Coconino and Kaibab National Forests.

Coconino National Forest

Flagstaff is surrounded by the Coconino National Forest. It is a diverse area with beautiful landscapes and many attractions: Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Ruins of Elden Pueblo

It covers 1.856 million acres (751.000 ha.) and was created in 1898 as a forest reserve. It became a U.S. National Forest in 1908. It borders with the Kaibab National Forest towards the Grand Canyon.

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Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive

Fully paved. To and from Sedona along Oak Canyon Scenic Drive is a 59 mi. circuit. If you choose to include the Red Rock Scenic Byway, it is a 87.5 mile (2 hour driving time) round trip.

The road was built in 1914 and paved in 1938; see the Map with Directions.

Head south out of Flagstaff and take SR 89A towards Sedona. The road follows Oak Creek Canyon, with switchbacks and colorful rocks in a forested setting. After 14 mi. you will reach the Oak Creek Vista Point, stop for the view (see a Street View). And then you will reach Slide Rock State Park (21.5 mi.)

Lockett Meadow, Coconino National Forest

Lockett Meadow, Coconino National Forest, near Flagstaff AZ<
Lockett Meadow, Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff

Slide Rock State Park

Its name is due to a natural water slide in the slippery bed of Oak Creek. Slide Rock State Park is a state park of Arizona, USA, taking its name from a natural water slide formed by the slippery bed of Oak Creek. Several western movies have been shot here starring John Wayne, Alan Ladd, Charles Bronson and Jimmy Stewart.

Admission fee charged. Check the Official website for complete information. By clicking you will leave our Website. Come back soon!


Accommodation in Sedona

Motels and Hotels in Sedona.

Keep southbound and 29.5 mi from Flagstaff is the town of Sedona.

Red Rock State Park

39 mi. from Flagstaff, just 9.4 mi. to the SW of Sedona, see the Map with directions.

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A 286 acre. park, with hiking trails along the Oak Creek among meadows, red rock hills and juniper woods. The park has gift shop, picnic tables, visitors center and restrooms.

You can turn back and return along the Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive, or head 9.4 miles to the southwest to visit Red Rock State Park. You can also continue south and complete the circuit along a scenic byway:

Red Rock Scenic Byway

Designated as Arizona's first "All-American Road".

Head south along SR 179. The red rock country has natural sculptures (Steam Boat Rock, Bell Rock, and more). When you reach the freeway I-17 (44 mi.) and head north, back to Flagstaff.

Ideal for a full day tour.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

It is 11.5 mi. southeast of Flagstaff (see this Map with Directions).

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Open daily except Christmas, it has several trails which allow you to spot wildlife and the remains of Native buildings that dot the canyon walls. It became a protected area as a Forest Reserve in the early 1900s, and was designated National Monument 100 years ago, in 1915.

Wupatki National Monument

It is 44 miles northeast of Flagstaff along US 89 (Map with Directions).

Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. The entrance fee covers both Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments. Official website for complete information. By clicking you will leave our Website. Come back soon!

It preserves dozens of ancestral Puebloan villages of the Sinagua culture; the ruins dot the red sandstone cliffs.

You can stop by Sunset Crater on the way:

Sunset Crater National Monument

View of Sunset Crater volcano, Flagstaff Arizona
A view of the cinder cone of Sunset Crater volcano, Flagstaff AZ
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21 mi. from Flagstaff via US 89 (Map with directions from Flagstaff to Sunset Crater).

This is a very young (900 year old) volcano, that altered the forest around it with its cinder cone and lava flows. There is a trail you can hike and a viewpoint.

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Scenic Loop Drive

Drive from Sunste Crater Nat. Mon. to Wupataki (1 hour 34 miles) along a scenic loop road through meadows, pine forests and the red sandstone.

This is the map from Sunset Crater to Wupatki and back to Flagstaff, with driving directions.

Grand Canyon National Park


World Heritage site of UNESCO

79 miles northwest of Flagstaff along US 180 (87 mi. via US 66 and NM 64). See a Map with directions.

The incredible Grand Canyon is a short drive away from Flagstaff; plan a full day trip to visit it.

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Monument Valley Navajo Nation Park, AZ, by A. Whittall

Navajo Nation Park

It is 172 miles norteast of flagstaff, a 3 hour drive along US 89, 160 and 163, on the Utah state line. See this Map with Directions.

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This is a classic image of scores of Western movies. The rock pinnacles and buttes surrounded by red sand and shrubs in a valley of ochres and reds. An amazing experience.

Wind and water have eroded the sandstone of the plateau for 50 million years. There are self guided tours and guided ones. Plus a visitors' center and Navajo crafts. The park covers 91,696 acres.

Little Colorado River Tribal Park

It has two viewpoints and includes the Grand Falls (mentioned above), Coalmine Mesa, Marble Canyon and East Rim of Grand Canyon areas.

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Near Holbrook

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Petrified Forest National Park

Blue Mesa region of the Painted Desert, in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Blue Mesa region of the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. by Joyradost

It is the only National Park in the U.S. to include and protect a section of Route66. Its badlands of multi-colored stones with bands of red, violet, green, ochre and white sediments from the Triassic period 200-million years ago are worth seeing. And then is the petrified wood, the fossils and historical sites...

Short 2 to 3 hour visit

At least Walk the Painted Desert Rim Trail to Kachina Point, Drive Blue Mesa Road and Stop at Rainbow Forest Museum to see the stone tree trunks strewn on the ground.

  • Stop at the Painted Desert Visitor Center
  • Drive the 28 miles of road through the park: to the south, visit the Rainbow Forest Museum and watch the park film; walk Giant Logs and Crystal Forest trails; drive the Blue Mesa Road. To the north: Visit the Painted Desert Visitor Center and watch the park film
  • Drive the circuit and stop at the overlooks in the Painted Desert, include a stop at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark.
Half a Day visit

Add the following:

  • Drive through the entire park.
  • Stop at Painted Desert Inn Museum (in the Historic Landmark).
  • Walk the trails at Painted Desert Rim and Crystal Forest.
  • Stop at the Route 66, Newspaper Rock, Agate Bridge, and Jasper Forest overlooks.
  • Visit Puerco Pueblo, walk the Puerco Pueblo Trail.
  • Hike the Blue Mesa and ⁄or Agate House Trails.
  • Walk the Giant Logs Trail (pick up a trail guide at Rainbow Forest Museum)

One or more days

Do the above and add:

  • Choose an Off the Beaten Path hike into the Wilderness Area

There is no overnight lodging in the park, camping in the park is limited to backpacking in the wilderness area and permits are required.

The Petrified Trees

200 million years ago, during the Late Triassic Epoch this area was a lush rainforest with ferns and coniferous treees 10 ft. in diameter and 180 ft. tall. As they died or fell they were buried by sediments or covered with volcanic ash (known as the Chinle Formaiton) that preserved them before they decomposed. Ground water later dissolved silica in the volcanic ash and saturated the logs and crystallized, replacing what was once living tissue with quartz. This preserves the life-like appearance of the wood.

Iron oxides give the petrified wood its red, organge and ochre hues.

60 million years ago, the uplift of the Colorado Plateau led to the erosion of the younger rock that overlay the Chinle Formation, and this uncovered the logs and fossil plants.

The park is one of the few in the world to have flora from the LateTriassic: cycads, ferns, ginkgoes, lycopods and more.

More details: Official Petrified Forest NP Website (External link).By clicking you will leave our Website. Come back soon!

See the Map showing location of the 1931 Studebaker

Rusting 1931 Studebaker on Route 66, Holbrook AZ

Rusting 1931 Studebaker sedan on US 66 near Holbrook AZ. Finetooth

Painted Desert Inn

Petrified Forest N. P.Holbrook, AZ.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

A classic National Park lodge built in 1920 and restored to its original 1949 appearance. Now a museum.

Near Winslow

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Little Painted Desert

Little Painted Desert near Winslow

Little Painted Desert, Winslow Az.

This photo of Little Painted Desert is courtesy of TripAdvisor

18 miles north of Winslow along NM.87.

There is a road that leads to the rim, and from an overlook you have great vistas of the coloured hills that are amazing. This is a Map with Directions from Winslow to the Little Painted Desert.

Close to Winona

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Grand Falls

The "Chocolate Niagara"

It is a 26 mile drive (along a rough and unpaved road -check with the locals before driving there in a regular car) from Winona to the Grand Falls;
see this Map with Directions.

Grand Falls on Little Colorado River

Grand Falls on Little Colorado River, near Winona and Route 66,  Arizona
Grand Falls on Little Colorado River, Winona, Arizona, by

The falls are located inside the Navajo Reservation. March an April is the best time to visit the falls, which become a muddy water torrent falling 190 ft. (58 m). In summer it is mostly a trickle of water.

The Little Colorado River is dry most of the time. It only carries water between March and April during the spring snow-melt period so that is the best time to visit the falls. A lava river flowed from Merriam Crater and spilled into the canyon of the Little Colorado River 150,000 years ago, it ran downstream for 15 miles and hardened. This dammed the river and caused it to deviate and fall over the Kaibab sandstone walls to reach the old canyon.

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Sites listed from East to West

KANSAS, a summary of the state.

Parks in Kansas

The very short course of Route 66 through Kansas does not have any Parks along it. However you can read about all the Kansas State Parks at the website of the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism.

Mined Wildlife Area

Located in Pittsburg, 32 miles north of Baxter Springs and Galena; you can reach it via US-400.

It covers 14,500 acres of land that was surface mined between the 1920s and 1974. It has been restored and has over one thousand strip-mine lakes, wooded hills (oak, walnut, hickory) and is ideal for trekking, hiking, hunting, fishing and camping.

Read more at the Mined Land website


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Parks near Grants and Gallup

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There are several parks in the are surrounding Grants.


The Spanish words "Mal" and "País" mean "Bad" and "Country" respectivley, hence: "Badlands", an appropriate name for the lava slag that covers most of the region.

El Malpais, National Monument and National Conservation Area

The badlands of El Malpais are protected as both a National Monument and a National Conservation Area. You can reach them through two different and separate routes: From Grants, south through San Rafael along NM-53 or, to the southeast, along NM-117. Between both roads lie the lava fields of the badlands. Below we describe the National Conservation Area along NM-117.

El Malpais National Conservation Area

El Malpais National Conservation Area has the incredible La Ventana Natural Arch.

El Malpais National Conservation Area

The Official Website has fulll information.

Created in 1987, the El Malpais National Conservation Area (NCA) protects the environment as well as cultural resources in the "Badlands" of Grants Lava Flows.

There are many sights that include canyons, sandstone cliffs, the famous La Ventana Natural Arch (Ventana is "Window" in Spanish) and much more.

Ideal for hiking, trekking and picnics.

Ventana Natural Arch, Grants, NM
La Ventana Natural Arch in Grants NM
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Lava Flows only 3,000 years old

The Zuni-Bandera Volcanic Field spans this part of New Mexico, and the Grants lava flow is the youngest flow in the field and one of the youngest in the 48 contiguous United States.

The flow came from a volcano located 25 mi (40 km) south of Grants, and when it reached the San Jose River it turned eastwards for another 6 mi (10 km) down the valley.

The lava has been dated to between 2m910 and 3,080 years ago. And this is interesting: there is an Indian legend about it!

The Pueblo people tell about a river of fire in the San Jose River Valley, so they must have witnessed the outflow.

Ventana Arch in the Malpais, near Grants New Mexico

Rock arch, near Grants New Mexico
Ventana Rock Arch near Grants New Mexico
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El Malpais National Monument

The El Malpais National Monument is managed by the U.S. National Park Service. It is adjacent to the El Malpais National Conservation Area.

Visit the Official website for more details.

The El Malpais NPS Information Center is located on NM-53, 28 mi south of I-40.

Passing the Information Center, on the south side of the road is the Bandera Crater and Ice Caves.

Cibola National Forest

Mt Taylor Ranger District, 1800 Lobo Canyon Rd.; Grants, NM. (505) 2878833. Official Website

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands spans several locations covering 1.6 million acres in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Here we describe the area closest to Route 66 in Grants, Mount Taylor District, with two mountain ranges within it: to the north Mt. Taylor and to the south, the Zuni Mountains. They cover 520,000 acres of land.

Bluewater Lake State Park

25 mi. west of Grants. Read more at Bluewater Lake State Park. Ideal for fishing, hiking and watching wildlife. RV Campground.

El Morro National Monument

Visit the Official Website, for more details.

Its Inscription Rock, accessible along an easy trail has over 2,000 inscriptions carved in the sandstone.

The name is Spanish and means "Bluff", "Headland". It is a great sandstone promontory which provides a shaded oasis for those travelling along the trails south of the Zuni Mountains. It was a camping spot and those explorers who passed by left their names dates or simply inscribed their symbols in the soft rocks, a memento of their visit: the Inscription Rock.

Near Tijeras

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Cibola National Forest

11776 Highway 337, Tijeras NM. (505) 281-3304. Official Website

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands spans several locations covering 1.6 million acres in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Manzano Mountains: Apple Mountains

The range gets its name from the Spanish word "Manzano" or "apple tree", due to the old apple orchards in the town of Manzano.

Though ledgend has them planted by the Spanish missionaries in the 1600s, the trees date back to the 1800s, but nevertheless, they are perhaps the oldest apple trees in the U.S.

The areas nearest to Tijeras are the Sandia (described here), and the Mountainair Ranger Districts.

Manzano Mountains State Park

The park is 46 miles southwest of Tijeras (Map with directions).

Contact: Website.

A great place for hiking, birding, wildlife viewing and camping in the forests at the foothills of the Manzanos. There is a campground and RV Park.

Sandia Crest Aerial Tramway

Aerial Tramway at Sandia Mountain, New Mexico
Aerial Tramway on Sandia Crest, close to Tijeras NM.
Thomas Kriese

Close to Albuquerque

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Petroglyph National Monument

About 8 mi. northwest of Albuquerque. Access from Exit 154 of I-40, head north along Unser Blvd. for 3 mi. to Western Trail, gateway to the Nat. Monument.

View of one of Albuquerque's volcanoes

Volcano in Albuquerque, Route 66, New Mexico
Volcano in Albuquerque NM.
Jeremy Taylor

This volcanic area with the black volcanic rocks were sacred for the Pueblo people, who engraved their petroglyphs on them.

The National Monument is a day-use park that closes at 5 PM. Take your time (average hiking time through the park is from 1⁄2 to 4 hours). Stop at the visitor center is (at Unser Blvd. NW and Western Trail) for current park information, maps and brochures. Open 8 AM - 5 PM.

  • Boca Negra Canyon. See some 100 petroglyphs along a paved trail guided with signs. Paid parking, drinking fountain and restrooms.
  • Rinconada Canyon. A 2.2 mile round trip trail (no water) with 300 petroglyphs; 1.5 to 2 hour trek.
  • Piedras Marcadas Canyon. A 1.5 mile rount trip trail (no water) with 500 petroglyphs; 1.5 hours.

The Volcanoes

The "Three Sisters" or Albuquerque volcanoes, and the West Mesa area formed simultaneously 150,000 years ago when the Earth's crust cracked and allowed magma to rise through it along a 5 mi. (8 km) fissure like a curtain of fire.

The Rio Grande Valley is actually a "rift", where the Earth's crust is thinner allowing lava to flow upwards, the valley to sink and the lateral areas to rise, like the Sandia Mountains to the east.

There are several trails from 0.8 to 2 miles long, from easy to moderately strenuous, which allow you to view the volcanoes by hiking around the cinder cones. Great views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Sandia Mountains. Take water with you. Parking lot is located at Atrisco Vista Blvd. NW (former Paseo del Volcan), about 4.8 miles north of I-40. (see Map and Street View.

More information National Parks website

Close to Santa Fe

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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

41 miles SW of Santa Fe. Via I-25, exit 264 and NM 16 and 22. See Map and directions.

Hoodoos at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Santa Fe, NM
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Santa Fe

Near the Cochiti Pueblo the place is amazing with rock formations known as Hoodoos, cone shaped rocks of volcanic origin that formed around 6 million years ago.

There are trails that wind through canyons, climb to a mesa and give great vistas of the scenery.

For more details visit the Official Website.

Santa Fe National Forest

Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe, NM
Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe, NM
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More information at our Pecos page.

Cibola National Forest

11776 Highway 337, Tijeras NM. (505) 281-3304. Official Website

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands spans several locations covering 1.6 million acres in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.

The area nearest Santa Fe is the Sandia and also the Mountainair Ranger Districts they are south of Santa Fe. Get Full details.

Bandelier National Monument

15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544

It covers almost 34,000 acres (13.630 km2) and preserves pueblo structures, petroglyphs and cliff dwellings dating back to the year 1,100 A.D.

Visit its Website for full details.

Ideal place for hikers with 70 miles of hiking trails. It was named after Swiss scientist Adolph Bandelier who studied the local cultures in the 1880s.

During World War II, it housed the scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project to develop the atom bomb.

There are bears and mountain lions in the park and you should try the Main Loop Trail which is 1.2 mi. (1.9 km) long and let's you visit some archaeological sites along the way.


Some of the Parks in Oklahoma

Near Vinita, Afton and Miami

Grand Lake State Park

The Grand Lake O' The Cherokees has a surface area of 45,000 acres and boasts 1,300 miles of coastline. The park is known as the "Crappie Capital of the World" and is ideal for swimming, walking and enjoying water activities.

Read more at the official website.

It has several areas, accessible from Afton, Vinita and Miami.

Near Foss

Foss State Park

10252 Hwy 44, Foss.

Close to Foss. From I-40 take Exit 53, head north along OK-44 for 7 miles and then head west for 0.25 mi. along OK-73.

More information visit the Park's website

The Park is located on Foss lake and is the spot for hiking, riding, fishing, swimming and boating. There are RV campsites some of them full-hookups.

It includes picnic areas, grills and restrooms.

To the north is the Washita National Wildlife Refuge

Washita National Wildlife Refuge

The Refuge HQ is located close to OK-33 20 miles north of Foss, (see the Map, location and directions).

No fee charged. Hike the trails and watch the wildlife in the rolling hills and creeks.

Visit the Refuge's website

Near Sayre

Read about Sayre.

Black Kettle National Grassland

Black Kettle National Grassland

Black Kettle National Grassland, Public Domain

OK-47 and OK-47A, Cheyenne, Oklahoma (see Map and Directions)

The Grassland is located 30 miles north of Sayre and covers about 30,000 acres of rolling hills, wetlands and prairies cut by serveral rivers and streams. Ideal for hicking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing.

There are deer, turkey, geese, coyotes and bobcats.

Three lakes are used for swimmng, fishing and watersports.

Free admission. More information Park Website, (580) 497-2143.

Lodging in nearby Sayre, Cheyenne and Elk City.


It was the home of the Comanche Indins who hunted and camped in the area. The area was a Cheyenne and Arapaho Reservation in 1867, and the following year Lt. Col. A. Custer attacked a Cheyenne village ("Battle of Washita") killing the chief Black Kettle (1803-1868) and more than 100 Native Americans.

It was later opened to White settlers in 1892 and after the drought of the 1930s (Dust Bowl) it was bought back by the government for restoration and designated a national grassland in 1960.


Sites listed from East to West

TEXAS, a summary of the state.

Some Selected Parks in Texas

View of Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon, Lighthouse pinnacle
Lighthouse Pinnacle, a hoodoo Palo Duro Canyon, Texas.

All sites are close to Amarillo

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Take TX-136 north and reach Fritch (29 mi). The road continues to Sandford and Sanford Dam. Borger is 13 miles west of Fritch.

Wild flowers, yellow colored, Amarillo

Yellow wild flowers at, Amarillo, NPS

The park is open all year round, 24 hours a day. Ideal spot for trekking, camping, horseback riding and of course, fishing, swimming and boating in the lake.

It is named after A. A. Meredith, former Borger city manager who promoted the dam (Sandford dam) on Canadian River to provide drinking waters to eleven Panhandle towns.

The dam was completed in 1965 and the lake covers 21,640 acres (8,760 hectares). Canadian River runs across the Panhandle and Oklahoma, to flow into the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma.

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

Take TX-136 north towards Borger. After about 30 miles, turn left from TX 136 onto Cas Johnson Rd, after 3 mi. at the "Y" intersection go right and after 2 mi. Access Station.

The quarries provided Native Americans with top quality flint stone for tools and weapons for over 13,000 years.

Palo Duro Canyon

33 mi SE of Amarillo: take I-27 southwards, and pass Canyon to take a left on TX 217 to Palo Duro Park

The Palo Duro Canyon State Park (27,173 acres) protects the second largest canyon system in the United States (after the Grand Canyon): it is 120 mi long and between 600 and 800 ft. deep; it formed over the last million years.

It is just a short drive south of Amarillo.

Its name is a Spanish word meaning "hard wood", derived from the tough Rocky Mountain Juniper trees that still grow in the Canyon.

At the Visitor Center you can buy books, jewelry, pottery and souvenirs. The Park has 30 mi. of trails for bikers, hikers and horseback riding.

Buffalo Lake NWR

32 miles SW of Amarillo. Take I-27 south and US 87 to Canyon, US 60 west to Umbarger and from there FM 168 S to the NWR.

Coyote, Amarillo

Coyote at Buffalo Lake, Amarillo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It began as a protected area around a lake formed by the 1938 Umbarger dam, and protects the best remaining short grass prairie in the U.S. of which 175 acres were designated a National Natural Landmark.

The now temporary lake forms during major storms in the Tierra Blanca Creek basin, as the springs that fed it ran dry in the 1970s.

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway

I-17 to Tulia and TX 86 east up to Quitaque. Take a left onto Ranch Rd 1065/Geisler to the park.

About 100 mi (160 km) SE of Amarillo, in Briscoe County. It protects the official Texas State Bison Herd.