The views are spectacular in Texas at Palo Duro Canyon, and there are plenty of things to do for kids and adults alike, but experiencing the environment of the canyon as western folk did back in western days is an experience an entire family will remember and cherish forever.
If you’re interested in finding the best place to go for a family vacation where you can enjoy beauty, history, and horses, here’s the info you need to plan a horseback riding vacation in Palo Duro Canyon Texas.
Check out the Old West Stables located right in the Palo Duro Canyon State Park.
An outfitter who can provide the knowledge of the area AND the horses for you and the kids, Old West Stables is an excellent resource for those who might like or need the services they provide.
Old West Stables also hosts wagon rides and campfire breakfasts, and they run a snack bar right inside the Palo Duro State Park that boasts of their top notch hamburgers.
There are trails rides and fun horse-related activities for the entire family. However, there is a minimum age limit of 6 years old and a maximum weight limit of 250 pounds to to on their one hour guided ride on the Palo Duro Canyon trails.
You can get more information about their services, events, and reservation contact info at http://www.oldweststables.com/
If you already own horses, you can also go family camping at one of the park’s campsites and take your horses with you.
Traveling in Texas with kids (and horses) is fairly common, so it’s not surprising the Palo Duro State Park in Texas has both an equestrian campground as well as large trailer parking in addition to their equestrian trails with corrals and water for horse family vacations.
You can get more information on the Equestrian Camping Sites and the canyon’s back packing, primitive, family tent camping, and RV campgrounds at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park website at: http://www.palodurocanyon.com/.
Add to your horse back riding vacation by seeing the American Quarter Horse Museum and Hall of Fame in Amarillo, TX, just a few miles from the canyon.
If you still have a little more time, there are a couple of other places and things to do in Amarillo, TX and around the canyon area which are fun family vacation ideas for amateur horse enthusiasts and wild west lovers.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls of the West company in Amarillo Texas offers horseback riding and horse-related activities for beginners through experienced riders and, like the Wild West Stables, hosts horseback tours of the canyon. They also offer horseback riding getaways in Amarillo Texas and in other areas like New Mexico by the way.
If all the horsing around (pun intended) has you hungry, you can order a chuck wagon meal right there at “Cowboys and Cowgirls” as well.
Sick of horses? How about a cattle round up vacation! You can find out more about that at Cowboys and Cowgirls of the West in Amarillo too!
Take horseback riding lessons to learn a little more about these beautiful animals which our wild west ancestors depended so much on.
There are several stables that offer riding lessons close to the canyon. See a video here from the Golden Horse Training Center just minutes from the canyon: http://www.retvofama.com/goldenhorse.htm.
Even kids with disabilities can enjoy a horseback riding vacation here!
If you are traveling with a family member with a mental or physical challenge or disability, the 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center in nearby Claude, TX offers equine-assisted therapy and riding lessons for individuals with any number of illnesses, physical challenges, or disabilities. They also have horse therapy for veterans.
You can get more information about their services at http://www.7starhorsetherapy.org/.
Palo Duro Canyon is a beautiful place, and its rich western history makes it an irresistible family vacation destination.
You can combine the scenes with the historical richness the area has to offer by taking a horseback riding vacation together with your family members and a few horses to help you get back to, or discover for the first time, your western spirit of excitement and adventure.