The Yellow Rose of Texas, Amarillo City, serves as the economic center of the Texas Panhandle region. On top of that, it is also routine tourist stop along Interstate 40 and a vacation spot because of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second largest canyon in the United States. People bringing their dogs can have a lot of things to do here.
There are several dog parks in Amarillo with different features for dog activities. They do share the same rules and regulations like allowing a maximum of three dogs per person, picking up after your dog and wearing their collar with license, rabies and identification tags. Also known as the Southwest Park, the John Stiff Memorial Dog Park a dog drinking fountain and biodegradable doggie waste bags. The grassy Southeast Dog Park has separate areas for dogs of different sizes. Thompson Park's facility boasts a pond for water-loving dogs, agility equipment, and benches. They are all fenced, off-leashed parks.
Stop over old Route 66 and take some Instagram-worthy pictures with your dog in Cadillac Ranch. This strange attraction pays homage to the Golden Age of the Automobile with 10 Cadillacs placed nose down in a row. Feel free to bring your own can of spray paint and leave your name or a message in one of the cars. Sight-see and walk your dog in the area. Amarillo claims everything you could associate with the wild west, including cactuses, cowboys, steak, and of course, oil. But there’s much more. So saddle, take along your pup and discover historic Amarillo for yourself.
The Rock Ranch neighborhood of Amarillo is home to the Critter Camp Bark Park, a fun-filled dog park with a pond for swimming, whimsical benches to sit and climb on, an agility area for the ambitious and even a “time out” area for pups who need to chill. The park is clean and well-maintained, and is surrounded by a 6-foot fence that discourages even the most intrepid climbers. For the humans, there’s plenty of shade and regular benches as well, and they can even swim with the dogs in the pond if they wish. This is not the best-known dog park in Amarillo, but it’s a favorite among those who know about it!
The neighborhood known as Owners hosts the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, which shares green space and a river with the Medical Center Park and the Helium Tower Monument. Leashed dogs are welcome at all 3 of these beautiful spots, where there is ample space for walking with their human companions. The Botanical Gardens is on 4 acres of beautifully landscaped land, and boasts favorites like cactus and succulents that thrive in Texas, along with rare and exotic flowering plants that smell so good to the sniffer visitors. Medical Center Park is a tranquil area of flowing water, grasses and even a bridge over the river where ducks make their homes. For a casual meal and beverage, nearby Joe Taco is the place to be. With outdoor tables, umbrellas and shade trees, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy Mexican fare with your Mejor Amigo! If you’re staying in this part of Amarillo, the Quality Inn Medical Center offers very reasonably priced rooms that welcome up to 2 dogs for a small fee for each.
The Central Amarillo neighborhood contains eastern portions of Amarillo Lake, also known as Wildhorse Lake. The lake was once a dependable source of water for wild horses, buffalo and cattle, but has evolved into a playa with a gentle slope to the lakebed. This is covered with sandy soil dotted with grassy areas and scrub brush, and is perfect for looking for small animals and birds. Bordering the lake on its northern edge is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, a dog-friendly 12-acre expanse that features a walking trail, and covered picnic areas and grills. Also within the borders of Central Amarillo is the Mary Hazelrigg Park on 4th Avenue. This park offers plenty of open grass for dogs to romp while their human siblings enjoy the playground.
The Plemons-Eakle neighborhood is home to Ellwood Park, a leafy public area with large green expanses, picnic tables and a fenced dog run where unleashed fur-babies can romp free. It also boasts a rock garden and small waterfall that empties into a refreshing little pond. This is a great place for a jog or a bike ride with Fido at your side. The paths are marked and follow the perimeter of the park’s 27 acres. If all this exercise has made you hungry, stop by the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant and Bar for a bite of authentic Mexican cuisine, or the not-so-typical Mexican Stir-Fry. Pets are welcome at their many outdoor tables.
Some of Amarillo’s favorite parks are school parks that are open to the public during non-school hours. Avondale School Park is dog-friendly and features many amenities that appeal to families looking for a spot to spend some fun, leisurely time together. Besides the athletic fields that most schools offer, Avondale provides a picnic area with BBQs, a playground for the younger kiddies, restrooms, 3 jogging/walking trails, and open grassy space on its 4.5-acre parcel. In the northern part of the neighborhood sits It’s a Punjabi Affair, an Indian restaurant serving typical street style dishes like samosas and Tandoori chicken. Bring your fur-burger to the patio for fine casual dining.