Texas Plains Trail Region

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

Amarillo: Big Texan Steak Ranch

Photo by Rick Vanderpool

In 1960, The Big Texan Steak Ranch opened on Route 66. Its distinctive architecture soon became recognized across the "Mother Road" as a good stopping place for great steaks grilled over an open flame. In the early 1970s, Interstate Highway 40 muscled its way across the country replacing Route 66 as the major traffic lane, and a new restaurant was built to accommodate travelers along this new route. The Big Texan is famous for its one-hour, 72 oz. steak dinner challenge. Every Tuesday night enjoy the award-winning Big Texan Opry featuring a variety of great regional country western entertainers. Bus parking available, handicapped accessible.


  • 7701 I-40 East
  • Amarillo, Texas
  • 79118


Hours & Fees

  • Daily, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

  • Free