Palo Duro Canyon State Park
People have lived in the canyon for 12,000 years. The earliest
settlers were nomadic tribes that hunted mammoth and giant bison.
Apache, Comanche, and later Kiowa Indians lived in the canyon
until 1874. At that time, Col. Ranald Mackenzie was sent into the area
the Native Americans to Oklahoma.
In 1876, Charles Goodnight entered the canyon and opened the JA Ranch.
At its peak, the ranch supported more than 100,000 head of cattle. The
JA Ranch remains a working ranch today although smaller in size.
Today the Canyon is a State Park used by campers, hikers, and artists, and the local for a Famous Theatre that each year performs the play "Texas."