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West Texas Trail Walkers


Celebrating over 40 years of hiking our West Texas favorites!

Our Next Event:
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
October 6-8, 2023
Updated Jan 12, 2023
Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, TX

Mark your calendars for October 6-8, 2023 for the West Texas Trail Walkers annual hiking event. We will be returning to the Panhandle of Texas to hike the trails in Palo Duro State Park  The hikes will range from easier 5k walks to more challenging 15k hikes.  Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States and offers over 30 miles of trails.  The canyon is known for its red rock formations and ridges that are rugged and beautiful.

Because Palo Duro is the most popular state park in Texas and October is prime season, we suggest getting your hotel reservations early.  Canyon, Texas is the nearest large city with nationally known hotel chains.  Holiday Inn Express, Best Western and Hampton Inns are just off the Canyon I-27 exit.  There is also camping available at the state park and reservations can be made by going on-line to  

Volunteers Needed!

As you know, it takes a core group of volunteers to organize a hiking event of this magnitude.  We always need volunteers to serve as hiking directors and assistant hiking directors for each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  These volunteers set up the hikes, determine the check points and trail markings, create a map and directions, coordinate the worker's walks and recruit several volunteers to help out  on the day of the hike.  Since our hikes use established state park trails and maps, the walk directors don't need to do much background preparation.  If you are interested in helping out as a walk director or assistant walk director, please consider joining us for the reconnaissance trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park , March 5-9, 2023.  The "Recon" is always a lot of fun, it gives you another chance to enjoy the great outdoors of West Texas and you are invited to our special "thank you dinner."


If you prefer to volunteer for more specific tasks, we have several volunteer opportunities. These activities are "nice to have" but not "mission essential."   If we don't have volunteers, most likely they will be dropped.  Here are the volunteer activities:

  • Designing and purchasing  the annual Patch

  • Selecting and negotiating a special hotel rate

  • Selecting the location and coordinating the Friday night happy hour

Lastly, we always need people to serve on the board.  We have one position open in October 2023.  Also Susan Noonan is serving as acting President and Secretary.  She is willing to serve in one of these officer positions, but needs someone to volunteer for either President or Secretary.

Thank you to all our volunteers.  Without this active core, our organization would fold.


The Lighthouse hoodoo in Palo Duro State Park

News and Notes
Posted June 1, 2022
Palo Duro Canyon SP Flyer and Registration posted

The event flyer and registration form for this year's event in
Palo Duro Canyon State Park have been posted. 

Posted June 1, 2022
CBSP Event Flyer and Registration posted

The event flyer and registration form for this year's event in Colorado Bend State Park have been posted. 

Posted August 2, 2021
AARP Guide to Big Bend National Park

The AARP guide to Big Bend National Park contains much useful information.  View it at this link: AARP BBNP Guide.

Posted May 19, 2021
Big Bend Event page published

Access the Big Bend page from the top menu.  There you can find information about the planned walks as well as the registration  form and event brochure.

Posted March 22, 2021
Big Bend Event is on! (Hopefully!)

With the uncertainty about COVID-19 pandemic, these hikes are subject to change or cancellation. Please keep checking this site for updates. Preregistration closes September 24, 2021.

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