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On Deep Creek within 90 minutes' drive of Lubbock, Snyder is a small town in the plains of northwest Texas with farming and ranching roots, and a thriving energy-based economy today. After the oil rush of the early 1950s, oil has been discovered again in the area considered one of the largest shale formations in The Lone Star State.
Once known as the "Land of the White Buffalo," Snyder was established in the 1870s by buffalo hunter and trader William Henry (Pete) Snyder from Pennsylvania. Today, the herds of buffalo are replaced by cotton fields and the workhorses of the energy industry: wind turbines and oil field pump jacks. Look past that, and you’ll discover a slice of Texas that attracted the Comanche Indians here for thousands of years. Find out for yourself what these natural treasures are when you book an RV in Snyder and set off on a Texas-sized adventure.
Take your motorhome rental from Snyder to the 529-acre Abilene State Park within 90 minutes' drive of town for a relaxing time under the canopied banks of Elm Creek. Here, groves of oak, elm, and cedar were once favored by the Comanche Indians as their camping ground. Swim, drop a line, or launch a kayak on Lake Abilene. On land, spot deer, ride your bike, or hike on the one-mile nature trail.
For dramatic views from up high, you only need to set your sights on the 200-foot stone bluff in Big Spring an hour away by camper rental from Snyder. The state park of the same name covers 382 acres and beacons outdoor enthusiasts with its menu of activities. There's a three-mile loop that winds upward for those who wish to bike, hike, or jog the trails while taking in the sunrise or sunset views. Enrich your appreciation of the Native American connection on a visit to the interpretive center where you can browse fossils and Indian artifacts.
A grander experience awaits at the second largest canyon system in the country only three hours away by RV rental from Snyder. You won’t suspect what you’re about to encounter after driving for miles on land as flat as a pool table.
An immense gash in the plains of the Texas Panhandle, the rugged Palo Duro Canyon stretches over 120 miles long and 20 miles wide. Some 800 feet below the canyon rim lies the Palo Duro Canyon State Park where you can set off on foot, mountain bike, or horseback to explore more than 30 miles of trails. Admire the bright-colored cliffs, the interesting plant life, and the fascinating rock formations as you make your way to one of the popular trails, the 5.75-mile round-trip Lighthouse Trail. Although the trail winds up steep just before it reaches the "hoodoo" (a rock spire), it is well-marked and not too strenuous in most places.
Snyder is a great place to rent an RV because it has several RV parks right in town. Most have full hookup sites, restrooms, and showers. Some campgrounds are close enough to downtown to connect to city water and sewer utilities. If you prefer a quiet location, there are a few places to consider on the outskirts of town with all the amenities of a downtown campground, so you'll still have access to water, sewer, and up to 50 amp service.
For a state park experience, drive your RV trailer rental from Snyder to Abilene State Park, where full hookup campsites, restrooms, and showers await. There are many more sites available if you only need water or electricity or both.
Snyder being oil country, it's not surprising to see the dozen gas stations found around town. Places to eat are about twice as many, with classic American fare, BBQ, and steak leading the choices. There are a handful of Mexican restaurants and a smattering of fast food grub. In a few places, Italian favorites and vegetarian options are on the menu.
For a proper introduction to the history of the county and the surrounding Southern Rolling Plains, step inside the Scurry County Museum inside the campus of Western Texas College. The well-laid out museum and the variety of static and revolving displays make browsing highly entertaining. If you want to learn how Comanche Indian history is woven into the life of Snyder and the county, a visit to the museum is a must.
White buffaloes are rare, occurring once in perhaps many millions, so shooting them is probably not the best thing to do. But that's what exactly happened in the 1870s when a hunter shot one in the presence of local Native Americans, who considered the animal sacred. According to their legend, the Comanche will come back when the white buffalo returns. No white buffalo has ever been sighted here in more than a 100 years, but that doesn’t stop Snyder from celebrating their White Buffalo Days every year. The event kicks off in October, then food, crafts, and fun overflow over a period of several days.
For a stomping good time in Snyder, come celebrate as the town gears up for West Texas Western Swing Festival held in early June. Rent a motorhome in Snyder, put on your cowboy hat and dancing shoes, and park at the coliseum grounds alongside close to 200 other RVs for several days of festivities. Dozens of the best swing bands in Texas descend upon the city to play not just swing but also country music to eager crowds of a certain age on the dance floor.
There’s more to Snyder than meets the eye, which the local oil businesses will surely agree. For adventurers, it takes less effort to dig up the town’s historical and cultural gems that lie close to the surface. Start by finding the best RV rental in Snyder to uncover the treasures that can be found in this scenic region of Texas.