Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Amarillo
Labor Day is this weekend and if you aren't leaving town, you still have a great weekend to celebrate your three days off work. Here's how you can enjoy Labor Day in the Amarillo Area.
The museum's summer hours end this weekend. So if you are wanting to go to the museum on a Sunday or Monday, then get to the museum during this long weekend before they go back to fall hours on September 5th.
Museum Hours September-May
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Go take advantage of the weekend and go on a hike. PDC has some great events this weekend for you to enjoy for free with admission to the Canyon.
Saturday, September 2nd,
Junior Ranger Program - 1-2pm
The kids will learn about the park, its resources and why it is so important to be stewards of our natural places. They will then have the opportunity to participate in a mini service project. When completed, they will earn a custom sleeve patch!
Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes. This program is for kids aged 4-12, but older and younger often enjoy it too!
Meet up at the El Coronado Lodge visitor center, one half mile into the park from the gate. Plan to arrive at the park entrance at least 15 minutes before the program begins to ensure you make it on time.
Labor Day CCC Program and Hike - 2-4pm
Celebrate the workers who build and maintain our nation. Come learn the inspiring history of the men who built Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Civilian Conservation Corps. There will be a half-hour presentation featuring the history and pictures of the CCC structures in the park, followed by a hike down the CCC trail which was used by the CCC enrollees to get to their daily work sites.
Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes or boots. Bring plenty of water to drink. The hiking trail is only moderately difficult, but it does feature a lot of downhill walking. Those with knee or other joint problems may find it difficult. Visitors are welcome to only attend the presentation if they do not wish to go on the hike. Friendly pets are welcome on the hike, but they must be leashed, they must have water to drink and they are not allowed inside the visitor center before the hike.
Meet up at the El Coronado Lodge visitor center, located one half mile into the park from the gatehouse. Plan to arrive at the park entrance at least 20 minutes before the program starts to ensure you make it on time.
Canyon Driving Tour - 5-6:30p
Take a driving tour of scenic Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the comfort of their van. Learn about the flora, fauna, geology and history of the canyon, and have a chance to have your questions answered.
A signup sheet will be located at the gatehouse. This event is limited to the first 14 people who sign up. There are also spaces for alternates, but alternates will only have a seat if there is a no-show. Children must be old enough to ride in the van without a car or booster seat, and no pets are allowed in the state vehicle.
Meet up at the gatehouse. Look for the big white van parked out front. It is important to be on time as your seat may be given away to an alternate if you are late!
Berry Loop Sunset Hike - 8-9:30p
Come experience a beautiful hike along the scenic Berry Loop on this moderate hike of about 1.5 miles.
Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes or boots. Bring plenty of water to drink and a flashlight or headlamp for after the sun goes down.
Meet up at the Chinaberry Day Use Area, located on the floor of the canyon just beyond the first water crossing. Plan to arrive at the park entrance at least 30 minutes before the hike starts to be sure you get there on time.
Admission in to the Park: $5 per adult, children 12 & under are free.
If you feel like a walk on the wildside, or a zip on the wildside, then make your way towards Palo Duro Canyon to zipline. It's a blast you won't regret it. Once you take that first step, you'll be hooked.
This is the last weekend for Wonderland Park. If you have been putting off going, then make your way out to Thompson Park this weekend. The season is over once they close the park on Labor Day.
Plan a BBQ with family and friends. Grab some ribs, brisket, burgers, poppers and more and just gather round the patio (use bug spray, the mosquitos are horrid this year) and just enjoy the wonderful Amarillo Labor Day Weekend.