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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


Helium Monument

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

Amarillo, TX Monuments

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

Amarillo Livestock Auction

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

Amarillo, TX Agriculture

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

Things to do near Amarillo, TX

Hawk Ridge Golf Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Hilton Museum

Bought by Conrad Hilton in 1919 when that was the only way he could get a place to sleep, hotel became first in Hilton chain....

Big Spring Country Club

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

Fort Richardson State Historical Park - Camping

From town square: US 281 S 1 mi. Wheeled-camper or tent sites w/elec & water 23. Limit 14 days; rsvns acptd. Primitive campin...

Annual Armored Division Memorial Museum

Museum dedicated to honoring the Annual Armored Division, which trained in Camp Barkeley, near Abilene, and served during Wor...