3) Lighthouse Trail – Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Often called the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon is indeed the largest in the state and the second largest canyon in America. There are more than 30 miles of trails winding through the canyon but one of the most famous is the Lighthouse Trail. Standing watch over the canyon, a towering spire of red sandstone that resembles a lighthouse gives the trail its name.
The hike to Lighthouse Rock is pretty easy, at 2.5 miles each way with only slight elevation gain. You go around Capital Peak, another popular rock formation, on your way through the canyon. Be sure to check out the cacti and colorful canyon walls before you reach the rock. There are also several ways to get to the base of the rock if you want a picture up close. Plan on taking this hike in the morning before the temperature gets too hot and the afternoon crowds hit the trail.