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Texas Panhandle Plains Region

Texas Panhandle Plains Region

A directory of Texas Nature Tourism activities, destinations and services in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region.

Amarillo, Texas is home to the Palo Duro Canyon, second largest canyon in the U.S. and the renown outdoor drama "Texas". Wide open spaces fascinate the visitor from all over the globe; four distinct seasons and a constant breeze are responsible for the city's mild climate and clean air year-round. Route 66, the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum, the Panhandle Plains Museum, the Big Texan Opry and melodrama, great shopping - all this and exciting western history make Amarillo unique. A place where "cowboy" is still an honorable profession, a place where you can "Step into the Real Texas!" For information call 806-374-1497 or visit www.tourtexas.com/amarillo.

The Bevers House on Brick Street, Haskell, Texas • 311 N. Ave. F • Haskell, TX • 79521 • 970-864-3284. The Historical Bevers House on Brick Street was built in 1904 by Spence Bevers, an early contractor who built the home for his family. Abe & Ruby Turner acquired the property in 1964. After raising their family and finding themselves with an "empty nest", the Turners opened the four bedroom Colonial home as a bed & breakfast. The home is furnished with many antiques. The backyard features a swimming pool and a hot tub complemented by outdoor antique memorabilia. A full country breakfast is offered guests featuring homemade jellies, breads, and preserves. MC, VISA, & AMEX cards are accepted, but cash and checks are welcome. Prices range from $50-$75.

Big Spring State Park, 382 acres, caps one of the limestone bluffs at the northern edge of the Edwards Plateau, in Big Springs, Texas. Come and enjoy our combined scenic drive and walking route; and a 2/3 mile nature trail. Wildlife, such as cottontails, jackrabbits, ground squirrels and roadrunners is common, particularly early or late in the day. Many of the area's numerous and varied bird species can also be observed. A burrowing owl population can be observed at a nearby airpark. Also, from late October to April, Sandhill cranes can be seen at the Sandhill Sanctuary, north of the State Park. Directions to State Park: From Abilene, take Interstate 20 West to exit 181A. Proceed southwest on F.M. 700 for approximately 5 miles and the entrance will be on your left. From Midland, take Interstate 20 east to Big Spring, take business 20 exit eastbound (exit #174), turn right onto FM 700, park is on the right. Comanche Trail Park offers good birding opportunities and is located next to the State Park. For more details, call the park (voice) 915-263-4931 or fax 915-263-3935.

Burnett, Texas - Vanishing Texas River Cruise, the "Premier Ecological Tour of Texas." Experience 2 1/2 hours of untouched scenic wilderness through the historic Colorado River Canyon. Let us show you the natural beauty of this scenic river as we cruise past spectacular waterfalls and sheer cliffs. All this in the comfort of our famous cruise boat the 'Texas Eagle', a 70 ft, 180 passenger vessel with an enclosed all weather deck plus observation deck. Seasonal opportunities include: Bald Eagle Cruises, Scenic Wilderness Cruises, Swimming/Hiking Cruises, Sunset Dinner Cruises, Wildflower Cruises. Call 1-800-4-RIVER-4 today and be here for an awesome time tomorrow.

Fisher County is a very diverse area, from rolling plains to rugged terrain. This area has everything for the tourist looking for a spot to view the natural beauty, wildlife, or hunting. A golf course is also present in the northeast part of the county. We have some the friendliest people in west Texas. We have a view of Double Mountain, the main attraction to the area. Indians lived here years ago and if you come, you could see some of the beauty that kept them here. We have a hunting co-op that provides some of the best dove and quail hunting in Texas. For more information, call 915-776-2171. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Region: Texas Panhandle Plains.

San Angelo Texas - The San Angelo State Park features 7,563 acres of recreational and leisure activities. Located at O.C. Fisher Reservoir along the western boundary of the city, the park has abundant camping facilities and RV hookups. Log cabins are also available for rental. For park information call 915-949-4757 or 915-947-2687. San Angelo State Park is astride the junction of four ecological zones: the High Plains to the north, the Texas Hill Country to the south, the Rolling Plains to the east and the arid Trans-Pecos desert to the west. Consequently, plant and animal life is highly diversified, including some 300 species of birds and 50 animal species. Look especially for the horned lizards that inhabit the park. The park now has its own herd of Texas Longhorns and several buffalo for viewing. Recreational facilities and tour activities at the park include:

  • Boating ramps, high and low water, are available.
  • Fishing from shore or boat for catfish, crappie, bass.
  • Swimming and wading is permitted.
  • Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding is available on more than 50 miles of multi-use trails. Another 28 miles are under development.
  • Wildlife viewing includes wonderful birding (more than 300 species) with eastern and western species both occurring, as well as mammal viewing (50 species).
  • Hunting permits are available in specified areas, with a six-month small game season and special draw hunts for deer and turkey. Call 915-947-4757 for information.
  • Interpretive guided tours are scheduled year-round on paleontology and archaeology found in the park. Call 915-949-4757 for current schedules.
  • A petroglyph tour takes visitors by the site of a prehistoric Indian village to see Indian rock art. Star-gazing parties are scheduled for interesting celestial events.
  • Frequent trail rides are offered. Call 915-949-4757 for schedule.
  • A dinosaur walk takes hikers back in time to tracks left by Permian period vertebrae. Three-mile total hike.
  • Macey's Ridge tour takes hikers on a scenic trail to Macey's Ridge, sit on an early pioneer's final resting place. Four-mile total hike.

Stasney's Cook Ranch in Albany, Texas is a 25,000-acre working cattle ranch available for persons who want an authentic Texas experience. The ranch has received numerous conservation and ranching awards and is loaded with opportunities for persons who enjoy nature, Texas culture, adventure and history. We're located approximately 8 miles north of Albany; 35 miles northeast of Abilene and 120 miles due west of Ft. Worth, Texas. Activities at the ranch include: Birding and guided wildlife tours, Trail rides, Hiking and mountain biking, Cattle drives, Fishing, Stargazing, Guided hunts. Retreats, groups, weddings and reunions are welcome. For more information, call toll-free 888-762-2999, email stasney@stasney.com or visit www.stasney.com.

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