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Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge
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. ...
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Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Description: 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 about 250 million years old. Today, permanent residents include mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, mule deer, porcupines, ringtails, beaver, rabbits, raptors, wild turkey, scaled quail, blue and scrub jays, canyon and rock wrens, and bushtits. Winter brings golden eagles, mountain bluebirds, golden crowned kinglets, and an occasional northern shrike or evening grosbeak.

Wildlife to Watch: Viewing probability is high for most birds, moderate to high for small mammals, and low for large mammals. Look for tracks and scat along the extensive trail system and banks of the river. Horseback riding is available in the canyon. A visitor center offers excellent exhibits and interpretive materials.

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Ownership: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 
Size: 16,000 acres 
Closest Town: Canyon

RestroomsParkingTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesVisitor CenterLodgingHorse TrailsFeeTrailer CampingDrinking WaterShowers

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Canyon Wren - photo by Bruce Taubert
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Driving Directions:
South from Amarillo Interstate 27 to Canyon, then east on Texas 217 for twelve miles to entrance.

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area