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One can easily find plenty to do in our fair city. Dameron Park, Veteran's Park, and Aquatic Center Park, are greatplaces for family outings. Abundant shade and lots of space enhance the appetite for picnics and family games. For those who enjoy swimming, the Aquatic Center is one of the finest "all season" facilities in West Texas. In the winter, we just cover it with the dome and continue on. If walking and hiking if your choice check out Palo Duro Canyon's spectacular views.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

FACILITIES AND FEES

Daily Entrance

The daily entrance fee to Palo Duro Canyon State Park is $ 5.00 per person.
Children 12 and under are admitted free.

School sponsored educational groups will be admitted free of charge. Bus drivers, teachers and chaperons traveling on the bus or with the group for the school-sponsored educational trip are also granted waived entry after filling out the School Group Entrance Fee Waiver form available at the entrance. Fee waiver requests for non-educational school trips must be made prior to arrival at the park. Arrangements for educational programs must be made in advance with the park interpreter. (806-488-2227 x 106)

Any facility or overnight fees are in addition to the daily entrance fee.
There is no additional fee for the park's Day-Use facilities and no reservation is required for those areas.

A Texas resident age 65 prior to September 1, 1995 may get a Parkland Passport permit at no charge. This permit admits the bearer only into any Texas State Park. A Texas resident age 65 on or after September 1, 1995 may obtain a partial Parkland Passport that allows entry into a Texas State Park at a discounted price ($3.00 for Palo Duro Canyon State park.) If applicable to you or someone else in your party, please advise the fee collector prior to entrance.

Overnight Facilities

Palo Duro Canyon State Park has five classifications of overnight sites:
Back-Packing Sites
Back-pack camping is permitted only in the area south of the turn-around. You must hike into the area for at least 30 minutes. Water is only available at the trailhead. Fires are not permitted, although stoves with containerized fuel are permitted. You must carry out all that you carry in. Pets are permitted but must be kept on leash at all times.
FEE: $ 12.00 per 4 persons.

Equestrian Camping Sites
You may camp with your horses in our Equestrian Camping Area. Proof must be provided of Coggins Test within the past 12 months. There is a corral just south of the turn-around with established sites near it with a table, fire-ring, and water. You must ride in designated areas only. (A total of 8 horses/people constitute a site.) Restrooms/showers are available within approximately 1/3 of a mile. Horses may not be ridden to the restrooms/showers.
FEE: $ 12.00 per site.

Developed Primitive Areas
There are two camping areas that have been designated "primitive". (Cactus and Fortress Cliff) The areas have designated camping sites. Each has a table, a shade shelter, fire-ring and water available in the area. They have no restroom or shower facilities. You may drive (1/2 to 2 miles) to an adjacent camp loop for restroom/shower facilities. A maximum of 8 people are permitted in each site.
FEE: $ 12.00 per site.

Electrical Sites
(Mesquite and Sagebrush camp loops, 50 amp service.) Each site has a table (some with shade shelters), firering, paved parking area, water, and electricity. There is a restroom with showers in the camping loop. A maximum of 8 people are permitted in each site. There is a maximum of THREE vehicular units permitted per site. (A vehicular unit is one car, one trailer, one motor home, etc.)
FEE: $24.00 per site includes up to 2 vehicular units. Any 3rd vehicular unit is billed at the additional rate of $5.00 per day.

Hackberry camp loop, 30 amp service.
FEE: $24.00 per site includes up to 2 vehicular units. Any 3rd vehicular unit is billed at the additional rate of $5.00 per day

Cabins
There are two CCC vintage cabins perched on the rim of the canyon. Though rustic, these cabins have been renovated and have modern heating and cooling systems. Each cabin consists of two rooms plus restroom and shower. Lighthouse has a day bed with a pull-out. Goodnight and Sorenson have full size bunk beds. All three cabins have a queen size bed. There are no kitchen facilities, but there is a table and charcoal grill located just outside. Cooking is not permitted inside the cabins. Bed linens and towels are provided. A maximum of 4 persons are permitted per cabin. No pets are allowed in the cabins, nor may they be tied outside, crated or left in a vehicle.
Check in time is 3:00 P.M. Check-out time is 11:00 A.M.
The cabins are strictly Non-Smoking
FEE: $ 110.00 per night plus tax and entrance fees.

Buffalo Lake National Wifelife Refuge

Once buffalo grazed the shortgrass prairies you see today at Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in the Texas Panhandle. Once a lake reflected the clouds. The buffalo have vanished. The lake has dried. But the shortgrass prairie remains as one of the best in the high plains grassland ecosystem.

In fact, this prairie is so important that 175 acres of it carries the designation of National Natural Landmark. Over 4,000 acres of grasslands are the best you'll see anywhere in the area. Most everywhere else, these native grasslands fell to the plow and with them their wildlife. Here, you'll still see black-tailed prairie dogs perched on mounds and burrowing owls blink in broad daylight.

The shortgrass prairies spill into marshes, woodlands, riparian habitat, croplands, and water-carved canyon walls that together form 7,664 acres of homes for migratory and year-round wildlife.

Things to do at the Refuge

Wildlife Viewing Tips

  • Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife. In warmer climates, little is moving on hot summer afternoons or on windy days.
  • Observe from the sidelines. Leave "abandoned" young animals alone. A parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave. Don't offer snacks; your lunch could disrupt wild digestive systems.
  • Cars make good observation blinds. Drive slowly, stopping to scan places wildlife might hide. Use binoculars or a long lens for a closer look.
  • Try sitting quietly in one good location. Let wildlife get used to your presence. Many animals that have hidden will reappear once they think you are gone. Walk quietly in designated areas, being aware of sounds and smells. Often you will hear more than you will see.
  • Teach children quiet observation. Other wildlife watchers will appreciate your consideration.
  • Look for animal signs. Tracks, scat, feathers and nests left behind often tell interesting stories.

Parks and Recreaction

Dameron Park

699 Schley Ave
Hereford, TX 79045

Veteran's Park

Deaf Smith County, Texas

Aquatic Center Park

400 E. 15th St.
Hereford, TX 79045
(806)363-7144

The Hereford Aquatic Center staff is excited to play an important role in promoting physical fitness. Very few activities require more strength and stamina than aquatic exercise. In addition to improving your health and quality of life, exercise can be great fun. As with any exercise program, a doctor's permission is required.

Schedule:

WATER AEROBICS:

Monday through Friday 8:30 - 9:30 am (M,W, F deep) (T,Th shallow)
Monday through Friday 5:15 - 6:00 pm (shallow)
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6:15 - 7:00 pm (deep)

LAP SWIM:

Monday through Thursday 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Friday 5:00 - 6:00 pm
($2 each time or buy a ten-punch ticket for $16)

OPEN SWIM:

Winter: Saturday & Sunday 1-4 pm
Summer: Monday through Friday 1-4 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-6 pm

Children six years of age and under are required to have an adult in the water with them at all times.

3 years & under are free
Children 4-18 $2.50
Adults $3.25

Ten punch tickets for child $20
Ten punch tickets for adult $28

The Aquatic Center is also available for parties during open swim times. You must call to reserve tables.

Whiteface Stadium

Whiteface Stadium offers a modern track facility that is utilized by many for walking and exercising.

Information

Address Hours (estimated)
Hereford, TX 79045 ยท
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am - 10:00 am, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed: 8:00 am - 11:00 am, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am - 9:00 am, 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tex Mex Dance Hall

  • 150 Pine St, Hereford, TX 79045 / 806 363 6558

Cattleman's Saddle & Boot

806) 364-6671

926 18th St
Hereford , TX 79045 34.8438 -102.3953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 



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