nice, simple hotel right on Interstate 40
Posted Oct 25, 2016
I visited the Cadillac Ranch, took spray paint, painted my name, then drover on to Canyon to Panhandle Plains Museum, an excellent representation of the history of the area. Then I hiked in Palo Duro Canyon for two days. There are easy, moderate, and difficult trails with some as short as 1 1/2 mi. and some as long as over 3 mi. The trails can run into one another and make for a much longer hike. I did a little of both and thoroughly enjoyed the ups and downs of the trails. I saw roadrunners, wild turkeys, rabbits. I road the zipline immediately outside the canyon park entrance. It is short but I thoroughly enjoyed zipping over a short piece of the canyon. Then I went to the Goodnight Historical Center, about 45 min. from Amarillo. It is a nice, simple museum with a guided tour of the restored home of the Goodnight Family, with a very knowledgable docent. Then the last day was hiking in Caprock Canyons State Park, which is about 1 1/2 hours from Amarillo. These trails are similar to Palo Duro, but you also get to see a small herd of free-roaming bison descended from the original bison Goodnight and his wife saved in the 1800s. I loved it, especially when I had to step around bison dung on one of the trails.