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For much of the past 12,000 years, however, the canyon was prime real estate. Ancient Clovis and Folsom peoples hunted mammoth and giant bison. In the 1500s, Spanish explorers including canada goose Francisco Coronado and his expedition traveled through the region. They named the canyon Palo Duro, Spanish for hard wood, because of its numerous juniper trees, a contrast to the nearby plains.
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In the 1700s, Native Americans such as the Comanches, Kiowas and Apaches lived in Palo Duro. Here, they made their last stand. army and southern Plains peoples, the United States attacked native sites in the canyon and captured 1,400 of the tribes’ horses, shooting most of them. Without them, the tribes surrendered, returning on foot to reservations in Oklahoma.
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Less scenic was the surprising amount of trash around the trail. “We got a roller here!” Brian shouted as our group approached a fresh pile of canada goose coats scat (source unknown). Industrious dung beetles were scooting their prizes up a hill, only to tumble back down and patiently begin again.
Around us loomed tall, jagged ridges sprouting hoodoos of several shapes and sizes. The weather was mercifully cool and cloudy, although a sign at the parking lot had warned “High Heat Danger!” and instructed each hiker to carry a gallon of water. Even better, it was a Tuesday, so we had the trail mostly to ourselves.
Eventually, the Lighthouse appeared ahead, like a canyon beacon, and we scrambled up a steep hill to its base. Up close, this uber hoodoo looked almost man made, like it had been sculpted from clay instead of shaped by tens of thousands of years of wind and water. We lunched in its shadow, looking out over a wide valley of dark green junipers, the descending notes of the canyon wren bouncing off cliff walls. I felt, as Goodnight had described his pioneer days, “full of the zest of darers.”
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