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Merus Adventure™ Park is located 35 min South-East of Downtown Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle located in Palo Duro Canyon, the 2nd largest Canyon in North America.

ADDRESS: 4510 County Road 9 Claude, TX 79019

DIRECTIONS: Where FM 1258 intersects with CR 9, stay south on CR 9 you’ll pass the Figure 3 Ranch with the “Cowboy Morning” sign and you’ll go ALL THE WAY down that road. There is a Hay shed at the end of Co Rd 9 (about a mile down) with double swinging metal gates, that is where the park entrance is.

Members have full access to the park 24/7, 365 days a year. However you can visit the park in a variety of different ways, just click “Book Now” to see upcoming events and options!

If a guest purchases a membership within 14 days of visiting the park, 100% of the park entry fees are credited toward the membership expense. Camping fees are not included in the credit.

Members can access the park 7 days a week. The gate is open for member entrance during office hours. If you would like to access the park outside of gate hours, please call or text the park phone to arrange entrance.

Gate Hours vary depending on what we have scheduled in the park. Please visit our “Book Your Trip” page to schedule your visit.

Our Office is open Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm.

Vehicle requirements to access off-roading and Overlanding areas and trails:

  • Full size vehicles only.
  • No motorcycles, ATVs or Side-by-Sides.
  • All vehicles must have current liability insurance.
  • All vehicles must carry a functional fire extinguisher.
  • All vehicles must have an FRS or GMRS radio. Hand-helds are fine.
  • 42″ Tire Limit Size
  • Must have firewall
  • Must have muffled exhaust, no straight pipe or open headers.
  • Custom builds must have a firewall.

Check our Off-road Page for more details

All Overlandering vehicles must be equipped with a GMRS / FRMS radio and fire extinguisher. NO EXCEPTIONS!

We also strongly suggest that you are equipped with recovery gear.

You can rent a radio for $7 day, or buy a fire extinguisher for $25 through our park office.

Everyone who visits the park must sign our liability waiver, and agree to follow park rules.

When you complete a booking, you will receive a link to sign your waiver and to share with anyone else in your party. If you have completed a booking and do not have your confirmation email, you can sign a waiver by Clicking Here.

All minors traveling with you need to have a waiver completed with an adult signature.

All Guests in a vehicle must complete the waiver.

MERUS Adventure™ Park Members , you are required to fill our a waiver only 1x per year for you and your immediate family. To sign your member waiver click here.

Upon entering the Park, please scan the QR code that is mounted on a stand as you drive into the Park Gate and complete the requested info. Upon leaving, please scan the QR Code and complete the requested info.

We currently offer primitive camping under the West Texas stars. You can chose from:

  • Primitive Tent Sites
  • Overlanding Sites
  • Boondocking RV Sites

Your 4 legged friends are welcome to the park. We just ask that you protect your pet and park wildlife by observing these regulations:

  • Dogs must have identification tags on them at all times.
  • Dogs must be physically controlled at all times: they must be in a car, in a crate, or on a leash.
  • Aggressive behavior towards park guests or their pets will not be tolerated. Guests will be required to remove aggressive dogs from the park.
  • Dogs may not be left unattended or tied objects without owners present.
  • Dogs may not be left in a situation where food, water, shade, ventilation, and other basic needs are inadequate.
  • Owners must bag and dispose of their dog’s waste in designated camp areas and other common guest areas like the REC center.

Yes. No fires are allowed. Only propane cooktops are approved. We are actively working with local officials and will announce any changes as they happen.

****There is a BURN BAN FINE of $500/fire for any live fire at MERUS*****

Yes and no. We allow late check-ins to our RV & two-wheel drive accessible campsites. If you have booked a 4×4 accessible campsite (in the off-road Park) you must wait until the office opens to check-in to those campsites. We have an overnight camping area for those arriving after hours to wait until morning to check-in, free of charge.

No, we do not sell individual day passes. Every Saturday we have guided off-road tours of all levels (Green, Blue, & Black) you can sign up for to wheel as an individual rig. Check out the tours here!

  1. Yes, we require reservations for camping, off-roading and lodgings. All bookings can be made online at MerusAdventure.com. 
  2. We also offer guided off-road runs (Saturdays only), campsites, RV sites, cabins, glamping sites or you can become a Merus member to unlock 24/7 access to the park and discounts on all things Merus.[insert Membership link here]

Merus is open 24/7 to Merus Adventure Club members. Public access is restricted to Thursday – Sunday 8:30a – 6:00p.

You will need a four wheel drive vehicle. Each vehicle must include a fire extinguisher and a GMRS radio. Radios and extinguishers are available for rental & purchase (respectively) at the Merus office.

Trails close STRICTLY at 9:00pm. Anyone caught wheeling on the trails after will be in violation of park rules and will be asked to leave.

Not yet, Merus Adventure is a primitive facility with no access to running water. You must PACK IN & PACK OUT all materials. There are porta-potties at the main entrance and Rec Center. We are currently building washrooms and will update the website once they are complete and ready for use.

We are 35 miles Southeast of Amarillo, Texas and 15 miles southwest from Claude, TX in the Texas Panhandle. \

Our address is: 4510 Co Rd 9, Claude, TX 79019. [insert directions link]

  1. Campsite check in is 2pm.
  2. Campsite check out is 12pm.
  3. Off Road trails open: Sunrise- 9:00pm

If you would like to camp for more than one consecutive night in the park, all you need to do is to complete the camp site reservation booking for the date you will be arriving. Inside that reservation there is an “add-on” for additional nights.

At this time we are assigning camp spots based on a multitude of variables. Once you make your reservation, the booking software will ask you a couple of questions including a description of your vehicle. This will help us assign a spot based off your preference and limitations. When you check in we will have your camp spot assigned and point you in the right direction!

Available public dates are set to assure that we have ample staff to accommodate park usage during peak times.

If you are planning a trip that does not fit into our available dates, please call the park at 806-221-2160, and we will do our best to accommodate your trip

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Based on 184 reviews
Doug Johnson
Doug Johnson
December 19, 2022.
Another great day of off-roading at Merus yesterday. New Gladiator nailed it.
Steve Chard
Steve Chard
December 1, 2022.
Greens and blues are super fun. Can't testify about black trails 😆. Green is fine for stock Wrangler 4x4, as is some of the blue. Rental radios aren't so great. Very friendly staff.
Sherry Pullicar
Sherry Pullicar
November 29, 2022.
What a great time. The owner & employees go above and beyond to make sure you have a wonderful experience. The rain made it a little messy and couldn’t get back to our camp, so went to a hotel for one night till the drop in dried a little. All & All a great experience!!
Steve J
Steve J
November 23, 2022.
Had a blast cant wait to go back and try some more trails. Wish I had a whole week to play around down there.
Heather Moore
Heather Moore
November 21, 2022.
You can be there for a full weekend and still not do all the trails. The camp sites are awesome. The trails are fun and starting to get better about being marked. We missed out on being able to do a few trails cause they were incorrectly marked and we didn't know it till we were leaving. The views are amazing. And it's a good place for all experience levels
Flint Wood
Flint Wood
November 20, 2022.
Friendly people. Got to meet folks from all over the country. Beautiful scenery. 2nd time there and will go back again!
Eric B Taylor
Eric B Taylor
November 17, 2022.
What a beautiful place!!! The off roading is the best I have ever done. The views are spectacular. The service is the best in the world. It is a 14 hour drive for me to get there, and I will make that drive again and again. I just love that place!
Brandon Turley
Brandon Turley
November 16, 2022.
Just got back from one of the most amazing trips to Merus ever! Highly recommend going here to do anything from camping, to hiking, caving, and of course miles and miles of off-roading. Friendly employees, cabins, overlanding friendly, camping, and so much more! Go to Merus, trust me, you'll love it!
Jake Jacobson
Jake Jacobson
November 14, 2022.
Recently attended a E3 Off-Road event at Merus. Fantastic experience. Tremendous views and tons of potential to this new park. Great trail guides, friendly staff, and a variety of activities for different outdoor enthusiasts. Can’t wait to see where the team takes this park in the future!