Palo Duro Rules


KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes. 

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Your body loses fluid quickly when you’re on the trail. Bring at least one quart of water per person per mile. Don’t forget extra water for your pets. 

TELL OTHERS WHERE YOU’LL BE. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. 

POTENTIALLY HARMFUL PLANTS AND ANIMALS LIVE HERE. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on the trails. 

WEATHER CHANGES QUICKLY. Check forecasts before you leave and prepare for changes in the weather. 


Trash your trash. Keep the park natural. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace. 

Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick and more likely to harm people. 

Please stay on designated trails and do not cross fences. 

Don’t pocket the past. Help preserve Texas heritage. Leave artifacts where you find them and report their location to a ranger. Take only memories and pictures. Help preserve nature. Leave all plants and animals in the park.

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