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Texas Plains Trail Region

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

Plan Your Adventure

  • Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway, QuitaqueCaprock Canyons State Park and Trailway, Quitaque
  • City of Tulia, Photo by Rick VanderpoolCity of Tulia, Photo by Rick Vanderpool
  • Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway Depot, Photo by Rick VanderpoolQuanah, Acme & Pacific Railway Depot, Photo by Rick Vanderpool
  • Buffalo Soldiers, Photo by Rick VanderpoolBuffalo Soldiers, Photo by Rick Vanderpool


Destination Highlights


  • TURNING YELLOW INTO GOLD

    The color of the local creek bank soil and the saffron hue of area wildflowers were the most likely inspirations for naming this 1887 townsite for the Spanish word meaning yellow. Amarillo’s first residents...

  • VOICE OF THE WIND

    Travel down any Texas highway, regardless of direction, season or time of day, and you’ll pass a windmill. The windmill is the workhorse of arid lands, independent but dependable, and ubiquitous as a...

  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park

    WHERE THE CLIFF SINGS AND THE CANYONS DANCE

    Palo Duro Canyon, considered the “Grand Canyon of Texas” for its geological variation and rich color, is 120 miles long and 800 feet deep, making it one of the...

Travel Themes


    • Quanah Parker in Matador

      ONE MAN, TWO WORLDS

      The legend of Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Quahada Comanche Indians, serves both myth and history, illustrating a cautionary tale that chronicles the end of Native life on the Texas plains as...

    • Historic Route 66 highway sign on the road

      YOU CAN STILL GET YOUR KICKS

      Although much of the original route has been physically displaced, the spirit of Route 66 stills survives along the original route in Texas. This stretch of highway from Chicago to Los Angeles...

    • Musician performing at the Victory Grill in Austin

      SING OUT

      The first musical sounds heard across the pre-Texas landscape may have been birdsong, followed by the chants of nomadic tribes. In historic times, the ritual songs of the first Native Americans predate the Spanish...