Traversing through the heart of the Palo Duro Canyon, trained cowboys guide visitors on horseback along dusty old trails during the Old West Stables tours. Three different tours are available for different types of guests; from a light, child-friendly half an hour ride to a five hour ride for experienced riders through some of the canyon's most scenic regions. Call ahead to book a tour.
Spanning across 20,000 acres (8093.71 hectares), the Palo Duro Canyon State Park covers the area between Randall County to the Texas Panhandle. A rugged landscape accentuated with the conspicuous Lighthouse Rock and the dramatic Palo Duro Canyon, it's rightly dubbed as "The Grand Canyon of Texas". The name of the park means "hard wood" in Spanish, a title recognizing the abundance of juniper and mesquite trees towering over the region. Home to a network of trails, Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a must for hiking enthusiasts and equestrian activities. The Pioneer Amphitheater here puts up performances narrating stories of tribes that lived here centuries ago. The place is a captivating amalgamation of nature and culture shining brightly as the State's pride.
The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is the largest museum in all of Texas. Owned by Panhandle-Plains Historical Society and managed by West Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M University Board of Regents, this museum is definitely a medium to divulge in the local history. With an incredibly diverse range of exhibits showcasing archaeology, paleontology and geology, Panhandle Plains could be explored for weeks.
Influenced by the Palo Duro Canyon, the rippled roof and stratified red sandstone facade of the Globe News Center for the Performing Arts is among the prominent landmarks of Downtown Amarillo. Spread across three floors, the center features a 1300-seat theater known as the Carol Bush Emeny Performance Hall. It is named after a renowned Texan philanthropist. Home to the Lone Star Ballet, Amarillo Opera and Amarillo Symphony along with other cultural organizations, it is one of the best places in town for performing arts.
This larger than life museum in Amarillo is dedicated to the men and women of aviation service of Texas. Recognizing the importance of the early years of aviation and the role it played in shaping the history of the United States, the Texas Air & Space Museum features exhibits that educate visitors on aviation's role in both WW I and II, the Vietnam War, Korean War, Cold War and Desert Storm. Exhibits include photographs, detailed accounts and pilot biographies. Perhaps the best part of all is the various aircraft's on display. Get up close and personal with a DC-3, C-7A Caribou, P-51D Mustang and many more.
The Wildcat Bluff Nature Center is a protected, natural piece of the Amarillo landscape. Trails wind through 600 acres (242.8 hectares) of land where Amarillo's unique wildlife can be experienced. Horned-lizards, porcupines and hawks inhabit the area. Taking a hike is the perfect experience for curious youngsters and families. Summer camps, guided tours and other activities are organized regularly by the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center.
Pioneer Amphitheatre, located in Palo Duro Canyon, is a dedicated address for performing arts. Its weekly program includes concerts, musicals and drama productions that are a big draw among locals and visitors alike. It showcases performances by the Texas Musical Drama, and can also be rented out for private functions like wedding receptions and galas. Get here before the show for a delicious dinner of steak, bread and scrumptious sides.