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Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Spectacular scenery, reminiscent of the Grand Canyon, startles the visitor driving from the flat plains down to Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. This peaceful stream, which roars following a heavy rain, has carved through recent rocks at the top down to the red Permian shales that are abo...
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Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge
Description: One of the largest concentrations of lesser sandhill cranes in North America-often more than 100,000 birds at one time-winters at this grassland refuge. Thousands of ducks and geese use the refuge during the winter months. Shorebirds and a large diversity of songbirds migrate through the area. Golden eagles are common during the fall and winter. Porcupines, badgers, coyotes, and bobcats are occasionally seen from the refuge roads.

Wildlife to Watch: Cranes arrive by the first of October, become most abundant from December to mid-February, and leave near the end of March. They are best observed during early morning or late afternoon as they leave or enter the playa lakes where they roost. Spring and fall are the best times to watch shorebirds near playas and songbirds in trees near the headquarters.

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Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 5809 acres 
Closest Town: Muleshoe

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Sandhill Cranes - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Take Texas 114 west from Lubbock for about fifty-five miles to Morton, then twenty miles north on Texas 214 to entrance.

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Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area