Top 10 Things to do in Canyon, United States

February 22, 2018 Matilde Konrad

Canyon is a city in, and the county seat of, Randall County, Texas, United States. The population was 13,303 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Amarillo, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. Canyon is the home of West Texas A&M University and Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and the world-famous outdoor musical drama Texas.
Restaurants in Canyon

1. Palo Duro Riding Stables

10160 E State Highway 217, Canyon, TX 79015-8701 +1 806-488-2799
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5 based on 172 reviews

Palo Duro Riding Stables

The finest and the friendliest since 1962, Palo Duro Riding Stables is the longest running riding stable established in and around Palo Duro Canyon. One of the canyon's best kept secrets, come ride under some of the oldest and largest cottonwoods in the panhandle, water your horse from spring water coming right out of the canyon wall. Family owned and operated for over 50 years, our wranglers are knowledgeable and friendly, upholding true southern hospitality. The perfect opportunity to get together in the great outdoors, enhance your family vacation with a trail ride. No age limit! (Smaller children can ride with a parent. Some restrictions apply.) Don't forget to bring your camera!

Reviewed By Triaero - Denton, Texas

This is a first class operation in every way. Good, healthy horses are matched to the rider’s skill and comfort level. All safety aspects are respected and observed. The beautiful trail ride is enhanced with an awesome landscape, a little history and personalized insights into the fabulous Palo Duro Canyon. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a quintessentially Texas experience!

2. Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum

4341 Canyon Dr, Amarillo, TX 79110-1901 +1 806-358-4891
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5 based on 481 reviews

Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum

Reviewed By Babybear71

This is a great museum and worth the time if you like camping or riding motor cycles. You get to step in almost every RV. The way they are displayed is like you walked into a camp ground. It has a wide variety of camper eras represented. Would love to come again.

3. Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

2503 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015-4183 +1 806-656-2244
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5 based on 436 reviews

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

We’re a museum dedicated to one thing: the history of the Panhandle-Plains region. But that singular focus expresses itself in a multitude of ways. Inside PPHM, themed exhibitions include those that showcase paleontology, archaeology, textiles, classic cars, petroleum, the Old West and a renowned art collection. PPHM offers visitors a chance to step into history with a life-size Pioneer Town, interactive Don D. Harrington Petroleum Wing, guided group tours and special events. With over two million artifacts, of which only a small percentage are on display, visitors marvel at the vast array of objects we showcase.

Reviewed By punkieontheroad - Wichita Falls, Texas

I first arrived an hour before closing time and an employee showed me the general layout and encouraged me to bring the family the next day with plenty of time to explore. He told me that only 4% of their objects are displayed at any given time and the displays change frequently. If you love history, geology, classic cars, firearms, Texas! You will find something fascinating here!

4. American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum

2601 I-40 East at Quarter Horse Dr, Amarillo, TX +1 806-376-5181
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4.5 based on 217 reviews

American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum

The development of the American Quarter Horse from colonial times to present day is traced through interactive exhibits, dramatic video presentations and live demonstrations.

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, California

We went to the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum. We loved it as we have relatives who are very much into horses. There are nice statues in front of the museum. Inside the museum there is the Hall of Fame on the first...MoreThank you for visiting the museum and for your great feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed the timeline exhibits and the art. We hope you will be able to visit again soon!

5. Palo Duro Canyon State Park

11450 Park Road 5, Canyon, TX 79015-8747 +1 806-656-2244
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

A dramatic 60-mile long and 800-foot deep canyon noted for its excellent hiking, birding, fishing and mountain biking.

Reviewed By Jim_Parker_Texas - McKinney, Texas

We saw Texas Longhorn cattle at the entrance gate, hiked lighthouse trail and camped overnight at the Cactus Camp area.

The hike to the Lighthouse Rock formation was the highlight of the trip! The hike was relatively easy over a well-marked trail.

We stayed overnight at the Cactus Camp area, (campsite #76) which was great because our campsite was large, (we could have placed several tents in our campsite, our campsite was in a corner – so we did not have neighbor on one side, it had a covered pavilion and there are only 7 campsites in the Cactus Camp area – so it was quiet at night!

Burn ban was in effect, so it was nice to enjoy the clear starlight night without the smoke of campfires nearby!

6. TEXAS Outdoor Musical

1514 5th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015-3830 +1 806-655-2181
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4.5 based on 383 reviews

TEXAS Outdoor Musical

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOW, where fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the Texas Panhandle's early 1800 settlers on stage of the Pioneer Amphitheater; located deep in the heart of the beautiful Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Song and dance abound mixed in with some good ol’ Texas humor, spellbinding lighting, special fire and water effects, and the world famous Dancing Waters of TEXAS and firework finale' make TEXAS a must see!

Reviewed By June B

Though it rained for the first half hour, the show continued. The rain added humor as actors are telling the story of "dry Texas"! Very talented singers and dancers. All 8 of us enjoyed and recommend to anyone traveling in the area.

7. Amarillo Botanical Gardens

1400 Streit Dr, Amarillo, TX 79106-1731 +1 806-352-6513
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4.5 based on 110 reviews

Amarillo Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By hannes1941 - West Milford, New Jersey

The place is beautiful and well kept, but unfortunately almost all plants are without any description as in other similar gardens. It is a shame because you can only then enjoy the plants and the flowers withou knowing their common and scientific name. This is the reason I give a law rate.

8. Lighthouse Trail

Canyon, TX 79015-0285 +1 806-488-2227
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Lighthouse Trail

Walking trail in the Texas Panhandle.

Reviewed By Gagan G - San Antonio, Texas

Approx time to do it both ways 4-5 hrs. Carry plenty of waters, and do not leave trash please. Amazing experience, double worth doing it.

9. Cadillac Ranch

12601 W Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX +1 806-374-8474
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4 based on 3 reviews

Cadillac Ranch

This offbeat roadside attraction features 10 graffiti-covered Cadillacs standing upright in a row, buried nose-first in the ground. The sculpture is the brainchild of Amarillo millionaire Stanley Marsh III, who chose classics dating from 1948 to 1963, the "Golden Age" of the American automobile.

Reviewed By SlowPoke59 - Apex, North Carolina

An ever changing piece of International artwork. People from all over the word have spray painted on these cars. It is located just outside Amarillo Texas. The paint on these cars must be an inch thick. There is every type of graffiti know to man on these Caddys. A must see.

10. Cow Girls and Cowboys in the West

11450 State Highway Park Road 5, Canyon, TX 79015 +1 806-488-2227
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5 based on 23 reviews

Cow Girls and Cowboys in the West

Reviewed By tavish62 - Ocean City, New Jersey

Phyllis, who runs the place, was so friendly, kind, experienced, and organized that all of my kids once in a lifetime time first ride went off without a hitch, and as a mother I felt confident that they were completely safe, even my crazy little very active 4yr old, was able to participate riding behind one of the guides, and was totally engaged the entire time. In her emails while we arranged the visit Phyllis was very friendly and helpful. They all did the two hour ride, and did not have to (were even told NOT to) do the boring nose-to-tail formation type ride. They road all over the ranch and even up to a huge canyon as a spread out group, like "real cowboys". My kids had the BEST time and cannot stop talking about it-they want to get horses right now and ride every day. This was in spite of the most incredibly windy day. They each loved their beautiful, well trained horses. My one son said that the horses were beautiful and clearly knew just what they were doing, just like Miss Phyllis. Now they all want to do a week long all riding vacation. Thank you for giving them a wonderful glimpse into the world of horse riding! We are not going to be able to top this on the rest of our 3 week road trip!

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