Palo Duro Canyon Escape @ Doves Rest Cabins – Durango
About Jeff Means
Jeff Means is the founder and manager of Doves Rest Cabins. He’s an experienced business professional with a 30+ year career in the hospitality & tourism industry. He has overseen countless event executions and destination/resort marketing efforts. He has personally led groups to over 50-countries and worked closely with resorts and hotels to enhance the guests stay and overall experience. He has traveled to every continent except Antarctica, and almost every state/province in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. During his career he has been to many interesting places such as, the Sahara Desert, Amazon River, Great Barrier Reef, Moscow, Marrakesh, Transylvania, Kenai Peninsula, and the Alps from every country, plus most of the Caribbean Islands. Jeff’s sister lives in New Zealand who he visits occasionally. Interestingly, she has several successful vacation home rentals projects in New Zealand, Australia and Argentina! Jeff is also an author and accomplished writer. His extensive travels have given him a unique view about the world and the cultures in which we live. His curiosity about world and human origins led him to write his debut novel, Entity of Origin. Jeff was born and raised in Northern California but has called Texas home since 1989.
Jeff Means purchased this Cabin in 2017
Why Jeff Means chose Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon State Park with it's Technicolor walls make for high-desert scenery more commonly seen in southern Utah. It offers more than 30-miles of hiking, mountain-biking and equestrian trails and an additional 1,500 acres set aside for horseback riding. You can bring your own horses so don’t hesitate to ask us about local boarding. Mountain bikers can experience the best single track in Texas and will enjoy the well maintained five trail heads networking for some 26-miles throughout the canyon ranging from "mild" to "wild" in technical ability - dirt, rocks, river rock, sand, wash-outs, switchbacks, drop-offs and climbs with alternative trail accesses throughout. During the summer, enjoy a performance of the outdoor musical drama TEXAS. The play, nearing a half-century in its on-going production runs Tuesdays through Sundays, June through August, at the 1,700 seat Pioneer Amphitheater. Watch the stories, struggles and triumphs of early settlers. The family-friendly show has singing, dancing, fireworks and lots of Texas humor. You'll find Doves Rest a place of amazing beauty, quietness and nurturing of soul & spirit. Palo Duro Canyon embodies Texas’ sense of place and spirit like few other areas in the state. Doves Rest Cabins is honored to provide the world’s only private overnight luxury accommodations to intrepid travelers, offering unique views and an iconic symbol of the American Southwest for our guests to enjoy. Wildlife diversity and abundance around Doves Rest is excellent, including populations of blue quail, bobwhite quail, Rio Grande turkey, bobcat, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Barbary sheep, coyote, roadrunners, skunks, rabbits and numerous songbirds. Fun memories and RELAXATION happen here!
What makes this Cabin unique
Off the beaten path and outside of mainstream destinations, we are far from every other place to stay. We deliver an amazing guest experience that is truly authentic Texan, personal, and character-rich. Doves Rest Cabins is truly a unique base camp from which to explore one of the world’s most transformative place – Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Doves Rest Cabins is ideal for travelers who believe small is beautiful, and see travel not as something one does, but rather identifies it as part of who one is. If private and quiet surrounded by nature with friendly wildlife nestled in your own little world only a few minutes away to the second largest canyon in America interests you, then you’re in the right place!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Absolutely amazing property. Perfect for our birthday celebration! Can’t wait to visit again!!!
Everything was perfect. Can’t think of any way to improve our stay: it was just that great!
Wonderful place to stay!
The cabin is very nice with fully equipped kitchen. You can't beat the location and the view! It's right on the canyon and only a few minutes to Palo Duro State Park. Watch the sunrise from the back porch or from inside the cabin through the picture windows. Hike in the state park. We really enjoyed our weekend stay with our dog. We plan to come back for a longer stay in the future.
Wonderful property with amazing views!
This experience was amazing through and through. As we were traveling towards Palo Duro on the first day, the property manager called us to say that there was a power outage at Durango and we were being upgraded to Comanche. This was a wonderful cabin much larger than we needed, but we took advantage of the space, the panoramic views, the outdoor hot tub and the large living room and fireplace. After the first day we moved over to Durango for our second night. Although smaller, this cabin was just as nice and may even have better views of the canyon. The kids enjoyed the swings and my oldest loved looking out into the canyon with the binoculars provided. The view from the bedroom and the back porch is wonderful and we enjoyed the sunset as I cooked steaks on the grill outside (was a bit chilly, but we bundled up). The kitchens and living rooms are set up for whatever you need and there was plenty of firewood for the fireplaces. Dove's Rest is very close to the park and downtown Canyon. Both are worth visiting. Was a little cold to do any extensive hiking at the park, but we were able to venture out on the trails a bit. We enjoyed a very good pizza restaurant in Canyon and the kids had ice cream at a 50's style diner complete with real jukebox. I would definitely return to Dove's Rest and would recommend for anyone looking for a high quality lodging experience near Palo Duro. Next time we will come when the weather is a bit warmer!
First class place to stay near Palo Duro
When we arrived, we were shocked at the attention to detail inside and outside the cabin. The patio and surrounding rocks looked like they'd been cleaned with tweezers - everything was pristine, not a stray leaf or a stone out of place. And, inside was just as fastidiously kept. The cabin itself was very high quality, from the rugs to the cabinets to the fixtures - it is very well done. It's convenient to the park, and it's a wonderful quiet retreat.
Let me add for potential future guests - I think it's a great couples' retreat. I don't think it's quite as good for kids. There's not much outside play area. There are swings, but there are plenty of stickers and thorns to be found outside. It's pretty to look at, but I wouldn't crawl around on my hands and knees. There's no place to play catch, and even if you just want a walk, you're pretty much limited to the roads, both gravel and asphalt, unless you drive to the park.
Perfect Choice for a Get-Away!
When planning a trip to Palo Duro Canyon, Doves Rest Cabins are the perfect choice for lodging. Located just minutes from the entrance to Palo Duro, the cabins offer everything and more that is needed for a memorable visit. The Durango is tastefully decorated, spacious and comfortable, has a fully-equipped kitchen and a covered porch that provides an ideal spot for viewing magnificent sunrises in the morning, wildlife passing by, and the star-filled sky at night. After each day of exploring the canyon, it was a pleasure to return to the Durango where we could still enjoy the beauty of nature in an environment of total relaxation. We highly recommend Doves Rest Cabins and look forward to a return visit.
Loved everything about this place. The view is magnificent and the cabin is perfectly appointed. It exceeded my expectations in every way.
Palo Duro Canyon Escape @ Doves Rest
Welcome to Doves Rest. The #1 and only private vacation home overlooking Palo Duro Canyon State Park.
Doves Rest is located 3,500 feet above sea level situated in the heart of the Texas Panhandle, also known as the Great Southern Plains near the cities of Canyon and Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon, “The Grand Canyon of Texas,” is just below you from Doves Rest stretching 20-miles across. Your view is only limited by your eyesight! Enjoy staggering sunrises and sunsets - stars appear in numbers beyond belief in the crisp clear night air as this area has some of the darkest skies and cleanest air in the United States.
Here is where the Buffalo roamed. It’s Southern & Quahada Comanche (the most powerful & ruthless Indian tribes in American history), Kiowa, and Cheyenne and Arapaho territory. During their time, around 150-years ago, millions of Buffalo made this land their home and Palo Duro Canyon was a retreat for these nomad Indians - hunters of Buffalo. Chief Quanah Parker, the last of the Quahada Comanche warriors, fought the battle of Palo Duro Canyon not more than 20-miles east from Doves Rest in September 1874. It brought an official end to the U.S./Indian wars and the eventual peace that finally allowed settlers to occupy this last remaining freedom-outpost of “uncivilized” land in North America. Now, fun memories and RELAXATION happen here!
If private and quiet surrounded by nature with friendly wildlife nestled in your own little world only a few minutes away to the second largest canyon in America interests you, then you’re in the right place!