Spanish Skirts

Everyone visiting Palo Duro Canyon State Park takes this iconic shot of the Spanish Skirts. These beautiful formations worn down over the last million years or so really do look like the long skirts worn by Mexican dancers.

The park sits on the northwest corner of the canyon and covers about 20,000 acres of land. The canyon itself is over 120 miles long and 20 miles wide. It’s also about 800 feet deep and is the second largest canyon in the US behind the Grand Canyon. Hiking here is not for the timid, especially during the summer months but the scenery is spectacular all year around. For a landscape photographer, it’s about as close to heaven as you can get in Texas.

Spanish Skirts

Spanish Skirts – Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on Aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 67mm, f/16 for 1/15th of a second at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3. Click on the image above for a larger version.

12 thoughts on “Spanish Skirts

    • Derrick,

      I sure did that entire evening. Nice clouds and soft, warm light makes it easy to get some great shots of the canyons.


      • Much nicer when I was out there a month or so ago at 3ish in the afternoon…. had planned on staying in the canyon but no room was to be had anywhere. 😦

        • Hey Derrick,

          Finding a hotel between Lubbock and Amarillo on the weekend is tough during the summer but Monday – Wednesday is not too bad. Much too hot to camp for this old fart. I stayed at the Best Western in Canyon this trip but the Foster’s have offered me a couch for my next visit. 🙂


  1. That’s certainly a beautiful landscape! Viewed in the large size, the sky is just as beautiful as the rest of the scene! That’s a nice shot!

    • Bill,

      Thanks for reading. There’s incredible beauty in every part of Texas. It’s just a bit easier to find in the canyons. 🙂


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