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Area Information

People outside of the Texas Panhandle often have never heard of Canyon, Texas, so let us tell you a little more about it.
Canyon has a population of almost 13,000 permanent residents, but that increases to 20,000 when WTAMU students are on campus.

Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest naturally occurring canyon in the United States, is just 12 miles east of Canyon. There are over 30 miles of trails perfect for hiking, biking, or horseback riding, so spend the day. Or the night, because you can camp out, too.

Canyon is located on Interstate 27, which offers easy access north to Amarillo (15 miles) or south to Lubbock (100 miles). Going west, you are less than 300 miles from skiing in New Mexico. To the east, you are three hours from Oklahoma City.

There is ample sunshine in Canyon, all year long. Hot, dry summers flow into crisp fall days. Winter may bring snow, but it comes in short bursts that soon melt away under a bright winter sun. Rain and thunderstorms usher in spring with a beauty and power unique to our area.

Things to See and Do in Canyon and Amarillo


Amarillo Little Theatre
Amarillo Symphony
Amarillo Opera
Lone Star Ballet

Amarillo Venom (IFL)
Amarillo Bulls (hockey)
WRCA Rodeo
Amarillo Dragway
Route 66 Motor Speedway



Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
Amarillo Museum of Art
American Quarter Horse Association
Don Harrington Discovery Center
Kwahadi Kiva Indian Museum

Palo Duro Canyon
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
Wild Cat Bluff Nature Center
Alibates Flint Quarries
Caprock Canyons State Park