BY TEXAS ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER BRUNA KITCHEN PHOTOGRAPHY
Did you know that Texas has the second largest canyon in United States? Did you know that you can actually elope or have an intimate ceremony by the Canyon? Yeah, now you know! Palo Duro Canyon State Park is one of the most beautiful places in West Texas. It is located in Canyon, Texas just 5 hours away from Dallas-Fort Worth area and 20 minutes outside of Amarillo. If you are an adventurous couple waiting to elope in a beautiful place surrounded by stunning views and wildlife, this place is DEFINITELY FOR YOU!
Palo Duro Canyon State Park has over 10 trails, most of them being categorized as easy or moderate hikes. It is perfect for those that would enjoy a light hiking before, during or after their elopement day. The park also allows visitors to camp on designated areas, there are beautiful RV camping areas with breathtaking views. Also for those waiting to stay at a more cozy luxurious accommodation, the park offers cute glamping yurts. If you wish for more options where to stay, here are links of two amazing Airbnbs I would recommend:
1 – Right outside of the park, exactly 1 minute from the front gate. This cabin is super cute and has the coolest view from the park. It is perfect for a couple about to declare their lovely vows. The cabin is intimate, cozy and has the cutest decor. Lone Star Mini Cabin at Palo Duro Canyon Rim.
2 – The second option is 30 min. from the park but perfect for those couples planning on having a few guests on the trip. Furthermore, it is in Amarillo which has more options for places to eat after your elopement ceremony. Cross Farmhouse.
Are you ready to elope or have a session at the park? Here we go…
1 – Find a photographer, I would love if that would be me!
2 – Choose a good time of the year to have your session or to elope, it gets very warm in the canyon during summer and very very cold during winter. The best time to visit the park is during Fall and Spring.
3 – Make sure to get a photography permit. I recommend to call the park and ask for more information, State Parks charge differently for their permits.
4 – Get you reservation online beforehand, due to COVID-19 all visitors must purchase day passes and/or overnight reservations in advance through the Texas State Parks Reservation System. The entrance fee is $8 per adult.
5 – Make sure to Leave No Trace. Do not disturb the wildlife! Protect our parks and wilderness.
6 – HAVE FUN!