I'm an optimist, The forecast this weekend calls for a little bit of rain. Maybe we get lucky and it just stays cloudy and cool, after all who doesnt love a nice breeze when you're getting your hike on. There's plenty of great places to hike that are easily within an hour of Amarillo.

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Palo Duro Canyon

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Let's start with the most obvious, Palo Duro is always a great place to get away with over 42 miles of trails rating from Beginner to Pro there is something for literally everyone. A good word of advice it does get hotter on the canyon floor so carrying extra water is certainly a must. There are great Glamping options here too

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Caprock Canyon

Like Palo Duro, there are excellent opportunities for hiking here including 90 Plus miles of trail. While you're hiking don't be surprised to see Bison roaming and another plus check out clarity cave while you're there where you will find a really awesome bat colony.

Wildcat Buff

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Who said you have to leave town to get a good hike in? Wildcat Bluff off of Soncy Road offers two trails that are around 2 miles long with great bird watching and even accessibility for those with special needs.

Hobo Hills

Hobo Hills sits just north of Medi Park which by the way has a nice walking loop with plenty of ducks Just watch what you feed them. The city owned land boasts 5 miles worth of trails with more improvments on the way such as adding a parking lot, signage and maps that are expected to be finished in the spring.

Lake Meredith

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Lake Meredith Offers more than just boating, 5 unique trails that offer everthing from easy to pro gives you plenty of great options and when it gets too hot, well there is the lake...

It's always great to call ahead and check park conditions and admissions rates  before you go.

Amarillo Botanical Gardens

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens is an oasis in the High Plans. If you haven't already been to this beautiful place, be sure to pop in for a visit. You'll fall in love with the beauty and color given by this place.

Amarillo Landmarks: Negative Yelp Reviews

Yelp can be a strange and angry place. That's what I found out recently when I decided to sort the reviews by "lowest rating" first.

I was okay with the people upset over bad service and what not. But I came across a few reviews that, for lack of a better word, left me speechless in their scathing negative reviews on some of Amarillo's most iconic places. Prepare your self for plenty of head shaking and "I dunno" shrugs.

The Hidden Life of Chillicothe, the Littlest "Big Town" on US-287

If you've driven between Amarillo and Dallas at any point of your life, you've gone through Chillicothe. This sleepy town seems nearly abandoned at first glance.....but wait! There's a little glimmer of life in there yet....Take a look at what's stirring within the Iris Village.