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Texas Panhandle

The Texas Panhandle gets its name from how it protrudes at the top of the state, much like the handle of a pot or pan. The landscape on the Panhandle is dominated by agriculture and petroleum. Visitors to this area of Texas have a variety of experiences waiting to be discovered, such as Adobe Walls, an ancient Spanish trading post that is today a contemporary historical attraction. A full quarter of the Panhandle is known as the Llano Estacado, often translated as Staked Plain. It is part of what was once called the Great American Desert and represents one of the largest expanses of flat land in the world.

The town of Lubbock can be found on the Llano Estacado, and is well known locally as the birthplace of early rock and roller Buddy Holly. The Lake Meredith National Recreation Area near Amarillo is another favored destination on the Panhandle, popular with anglers and campers.

Map of Panhandle Points

Things to See & Do in the Texas Panhandle


Abandoned Farmhouse in Mount Blanco

Mount Blanco is on the Caprock escarpment off Farm Road 193 fifty-five miles northeast of Lubbock in northern Crosby County. It was named for a nearby mesa, which in turn derived its name from Blanco...


Amarillo Sunset

Outside Amarillo in the middle of a field sits this abandoned homestead. Once someone's dream.


Yellow Rose Inn

Enjoy an old country breakfast in a Victorian style inn. Relax at your own pace and dream of a simpler life. Visit with local people and the innkeepers in the Great Room.



Welcome to the Canyon, home to the second largest canyon in the nation. We are afforded recreational opportunities like no others! In Palo Duro Canyon, you can hike, bike, horseback ride, jeep...


The Giant Legs of Amarillo

Just off the highway heading south on I-27 out of Amarillo are two gigantic legs in athletic socks. You wouldn't know it, but they are the shattered likeness of an Egyptian king.


Storm over Oldham County

Incredible view of a storm at sunset over Oldham County. Oldham County is one of 254 counties in Texas. It is a rural area. 14 ranches, most with absentee landowners, take up 800,000 acres of the...


Sunset over the Panhandle Plains

Love this sky! If you look closely above the horizon on the right side, you’ll see a flock of birds — geese, maybe — and they trail for quite a distance across the sky. Nice sized...


Caprock Canyons in Quitaque

Caprock Canyons State Park in Quitaque is home to the Official Bison Herd of the State of Texas! “Imagine a place where marbled redrock canyons slice through a vast landscape dominated by table...


West of Amherst

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Caprock Canyons

View of Caprock Canyons from Haynes Ridge, Briscoe County. Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is a Texas state park located along the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado in Briscoe County, Texas...