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Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo, which means "yellow" in Spanish, is the center of the Texas Panhandle, located at the edge of the Great Plains. It offers a true Western heritage, a unique geographical area with wide open spaces and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Amarillo is also gateway to Palo Duro Canyon, America's second largest canyon. With its relatively mild climate, the city is rated as having some of the cleanest air in the country.

Indians, conquistadors, buffalo hunters, settlers, cowboys, adventurers, lawmen, gunfighters, and the railroad all contributed in many ways to the development and growth of the area. That heritage is still felt here, where "cowboy" is still an honorable profession. Here you can enjoy the very best of the Old and New West!

It was founded in 1887, the city charter was adopted in 1913. Amarillo is one of the first cities in the nation to use the City Commissioner-City Manager form of government.

Today, the city features excellent accommodations, a spacious convention/ civic center, symphony, ballet, little theater, opera, and is the home of Amarillo College.

Inquire locally about Big Texan Steak Ranch & Opry. Known nationwide for 72-oz. steak dinner offered free to anyone who can eat the entire meal in one hour. More than 35,000 people have taken the challenge and 7,000 have succeeded. Outstanding country/Western performances every Tues. 7700 I-40 at Lakeside.; open daily. Tel. 806/372-6000.

Silver Mesa Ranch offers visitors horseback rides, horse-drawn wagons, cowboy breakfasts or dinners, Old West gunfights, cabin rentals and more. On Hwt 217 just outside entrance to Palo Duro State Park.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Texas Travel Information Center

In the Heart of the Texas Panhandle on East Interstate Highway 40, one of the 12

Amarillo, TX Information Centers


Visitor Information Center

Brand new facility, open year-round in the Amarillo Civic Center in downtown Amarillo. Visitors can find information on events, attractions, accommodations, shopping, and more. Easy access from I-40 by taking the downtown exit.

Amarillo, TX Information Centers

Helium Monument

Six Story stainless steel time column erected 1968 commemorates the unusual natural element found near here in world'

Amarillo, TX Monuments

Cowboy Morning/Evening

From Apr. 15 - Oct. 15 join groups for Old West-style chuck wagon breakfast on the open range at Figure 3

Amarillo, TX Ranches

Things to do near Amarillo, TX

Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum

Exhibits include display of dinosaur fossils and casts; a complete replica of a 15-ft. mastodon, and much more. One of the un...

National Mule Memorial

What better place for a monument to mules than this uniquely named town? Mules pulled the covered wagons west, plowed the fir...

Floyd County Museum

Period furnishings, implements, store fixtures, photographs of early settlers and ranchers. Also artifacts from Coronado's ex...

Wichita Falls Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...

Wolf Creek Golf Links

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1 days...