Palo Duro Canyon forced to close trail system after recent storms

Palo Duro Canyon forced to close trail system after recent storms
Palo Duro Canyon forced to close trail system after recent storms (Source: Palo Duro Canyon State Park)

CANYON, TX (KFDA) - Due to recent storms sweeping across the Panhandle, an excessive amount of water has forced Palo Duro Canyon State Park to temporarily close their trail system.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park posted on Facebook that the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps lives on, a New Deal program developed under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide jobs to the unemployed during the Great Depression.

The CCC played a vital role in improving and completing projects in Palo Duro Canyon, including roads, bridges, culverts, and hiking and bridle trails.

One of their hand-built culverts has now been successfully moving water under park road five for the last 85 years and this week’s recent storms have forced the park to close the trail system until further notice.

The legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps lives on. This hand-built culvert has been successfully moving water under park road 5 for 85 years! All this water has forced us to close the trail system until further notice, but the drive through the park is gorgeous! #palodurocanyon #txstateparks

Posted by Palo Duro Canyon State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Although hiking is out of the question for the time being, Palo Duro Canyon said all of the recent moisture they’ve received has made the drive through the park gorgeous.

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