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 near Amarillo, Texas

Alanreed-McLean Area Museum

Mementos of early settlers of Texas Panhandle; original book recording births in McLean from 1901 to 1920. Several rooms furn...

Wonderland Amusement Park

One of Texas' largest privately owned amusement parks with more than 25 rides and 32 attractions, including miniature golf, a...

Wild Animal Orphanage

One of the oldest sanctuaries for unwanted wild and exotic animals in the U.S., and accredited by the American Sanctuary Asso...

Gilmer Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...

Carthage Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Barton Creek Resort -Fazio Foothills

Course Access: ResortHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 90 days...