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Hiking at MERUS

MERUS Adventure™ Park has over 5,500 Acres of EPIC Hiking and Backpacking Terrain and 900 Feet of elevation creating spectacular views!

Our hiking trails cover a wide variety of terrain and offer something for everyone. Whether you are interested in a casual walk along the rim of the canyon or wanting to get after it with challenging descents and boulders to climb over, we have you covered!

Our Hike and & Bike daypasses allow you to utilize our hiking and biking trails for one day and can be added on to any kind of camping reservation (tent/overland, RV, cabin, etc.) You need a pass for every day you intend to enjoy the trails.

How to Go Hiking at MERUS?

Get a Day Pass

Grab your hiking day pass and come on out. Be sure to check in at the office once you get to the park. Hiking day passes do not include an off road pass.

Come with a Group

Anytime you book a group trip to MERUS, your price of admission covers the use of all trails at the park. So, even if you came to off-road/overland for the weekend, take some time to experience our hiking and biking trails!

Become a Member

Our Adventure Club membership has it all! Enjoy our off-road/overland trails as well as our complete systems of hiking and biking trails when you become a MERUS member.

What are the trails like?

MERUS Adventure™ Trail Rating System


Easy enough for all experience levels (family-friendly) yet beautiful enough to take your breath away.


A challenging and rewarding adventure. Get your heart rate up while enjoying nature at it's best.


Fortune favors the bold! Experience and steady nerves are a must. But the reward is well worth the work!

Be Up to Date

Electronic versions of our trails are available via the Gaia GPS app. You may also download PDFs of our trails. Paper copies are available for purchase at our office.

By downloading our folder, any new trails that we add will automatically get updated on your account.

know Before You Show

GMRS Radio

We don't require hikers to have a GMRS radio but we strongly encourage it for your safety! These can be rented at the front office!


Always bring plenty of water! Within Palo Duro Canyon, the official recommendation is to carry one quart of water per person, per mile.

Proper Equipment

Make sure you have sturdy reliable equipement from your shoes to your hiking poles. A solid pair of hiking boots is strongly encouraged.


Everyone (including children) visiting MERUS Adventure™ must sign a waiver. These are sent out with your reservation or can be completed at the front office.