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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

Wonderland Amusement Park

One of Texas' largest privately owned amusement parks with more than 25 rides and 32

Amarillo, TX Amusement Parks

Big Texan Cowboy Palace

Adjacent to the Big Texan Steak Ranch, this 350

Amarillo, TX Theatres

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

Route 66 (Old San Jacinto)

Get your kicks on Route 66! Amarillo was the largest Texas city on Route 66, and many Route 66 fan clubs have sprung up all over the U.S. and the world. Look for the "Old Route 66"

Amarillo, TX Landmarks

Helium Monument

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

Amarillo, TX Monuments

Things to do near Amarillo, TX

Phillips Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Colburn Park, W. Lee

Adjacent to local Elm Creek Reservoir, the park includes 14 spaces for recreational vehicles with full hookups. Other feature...

Visitor Center

For additional information on events, accommodations, or dining facilities, stop by the Wichita Falls Convention & Visitors B...

Sweetwater Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

American Wind Power Center

Windmills of all descriptions are found on the grounds of this 28-acre site, donated in 1993 by the City of Lubbock to docume...