Palo Duro Canyon adds 2,900 acres

AUSTIN (AP) _ Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle just got bigger.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials announced the purchase Thursday of about 2,900 acres of ranch land along a highly visible bluff in the nation's second largest canyon.

The Fortress Cliffs Ranch might have been developed, but now there won't be any houses there following the $5.2-million purchase.

The department, The Trust for Public Land and an anonymous donor bought the tract that will protect 6 miles of scenic cliffs along the state park's northeastern edge.

Palo Duro State Park is now just over 29,000 acres. Only the Grand Canyon in Arizona is larger.