Texas Plains Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

to the Plains Trail Region

Enjoy the unforgettable Texas experience with cowboys, rodeos, legendary music, and to-die-for sunsets in the Texas Panhandle & South Plains Region.

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  • Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Photo by Rick VanderpoolCadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Photo by Rick Vanderpool
  • Quanah Parker, Photo by Holle Humphries  Quanah Parker, Photo by Holle Humphries
  • Bob Wills Museum, TurkeyBob Wills Museum, Turkey
  • Palo Duro Canyon State ParkPalo Duro Canyon State Park
  • Route 66, Photo by Rick VanderpoolRoute 66, Photo by Rick Vanderpool

Explore: The Plains Trail Region

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  • Roadside Heritage

    Our roadside heritage covers a lot of territory-both in mileage and subject matter. Perhaps our best examples are the many roadside historical markers placed along almost every roadway in Texas.

  • Bob Walters: Cowboy, Horseshoer, Photographer Exhibit

    This exhibit honors retired horseshoer and cowboy, Bob Walters, of Dimmitt, Texas who cowboyed in several states from 1950-1966.

Upcoming Events

    • September 3, 2016 (All day) to September 4, 2016 (All day)

      Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument is hosting our National Park Service Centennial Celebration on Saturday September 3rd and Sunday September 4th, 2016.

    • September 3, 2016 - 9:30pm to 11:30pm

      StarWalk, the nationally acclaimed public astronomy program at Copper Breaks State Park, continues its popular naked-eye presentation.

    • Maize

      September 16, 2016 (All day) to September 17, 2016 (All day)

      The Texas Plains Trail Region invites the public to attend multiple events and ceremonies across the South Plains to commemorate the culture and food production lifeways of the Comanches and their allies of the region through the late 19th...

About the Plains Trail Region

Enjoy the rugged beauty and shimmering sunsets of the Texas Plains. Miles and miles of short grass prarie gives way suddenly and unexpectedly to spectacular canyon vistas as you cross this 52-county region that covers approximately 50,000 square miles! The normally pleasant weather can change in an instant and quickly change back again. One of the last parts of the continental United States to be permanently settled, the Texas Plains have been occupied for millennia. More than 12,000 years ago, the Clovis people, the earliest known residents of North America, roamed this land hunting the ancient bison and the Columbian mammoth. In time, the Apache and Comanche nations came, followed by Spanish explorers, cowboys on the free range, and finally, homesteaders seeking opportunity in a new place. The stories of the land and the people are the history of the Texas Plains—and the true stories of the West.

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The Plains Trail Region works with a variety of organizations to promote heritage travel throughout the region.