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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

Amarillo Zoo

Zoo features a herd of bison grazing on a 20-acre range, plus other animals of the High Plains, and a special "Texotic" exhibit. It'

Amarillo, TX Zoos

Amarillo Livestock Auction

This is one of the largest privately owned cattle auctions. More than 100,000

Amarillo, TX Agriculture

Cadillac Ranch

"Bumper crop" of 10 Cadillacs buried nose down in field at same angle as Cheops' pyramids. Represents Golden Age of Automobiles from 1949 through 1963

Amarillo, TX Auto Collections


Amarillo Museum of Art

This visual arts museum features a broad range of paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and textiles from 20

Amarillo, TX Museums

Things to do near Amarillo, TX

Robert Wood Johnson Museum of Frontier Medicine

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Paradise on the Brazos

Enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, and tent camping on this 1,000-acre ranch located on the Brazos River just south of tow...

Dalhart Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Childress Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

La Mesa Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...