High Plains

Longhorn cattle near Palo Duro Canyon

The High Plains are in the northern Texas Panhandle.


Other destinations

Palo Duro Canyon
Lake Meredith


The Texas High Plains are essentially the northern three-quarters of the rectangular panhandle of the state. While the Llano Estacado plateau extends geographically as far north as Amarillo, Amarillo and surrounds are included in this region because they have a lot more cultural and economic ties with the other High Plains cities.

The agriculture of this area has traditionally been primarily wheat and corn, in contrast to the vast cotton-growing Llano Estacado region to the south.


Like the majority of the state, there is a majority of English speakers closely followed by a large mostly bilingual minority of Spanish speakers.

Get in

By plane

By car

By bus

Greyhound has terminals serving Amarillo, Dumas, and Hereford.

Get around

A car is an almost absolute necessity to see most of the sights of the region. For those arriving by plane, car rental is readily available at the airport in Amarillo.


Ice-covered trees outside of Panhandle


The High Plains region has many historical museums which focus mainly on the pioneer days in the region, American Indian history, and early railroad artifacts.


Canadian River Valley between Vega and Dalhart



Most travellers base their High Plains travels in Amarillo, where a wide range of accommodations are available. A few other cities have a decent selection of amenities, notably Pampa, Borger, Dalhart, and Clarendon.

A number of destinations have unique bed-and-breakfast style lodgings available at area ranches such as those near Clarendon, Canadian, Borger, Memphis and Pampa.

Stay safe

The High Plains receive the bulk of Texas' annual snowfall as well as most of the state's tornados. Keep yourself informed of weather reports and heed any warnings issued.

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