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Pampa [1] is the second largest city in the High Plains region of the Texas Panhandle.

Get in[edit]

  • Highway 60 connects Pampa to Amarillo, about an hour to the west/southwest, and to Perryton, an hour to the north..
  • Those going northwest towards Borger (30 minutes),Dumas (75 minutes) or beyond to Dalhart should take 152.
  • If you are heading south or east, your best bet is to take 70 south for 30 minutes to where it meets I-40 near Groom. I-40 connects Amarillo in the west with Oklahoma City to the east.
  • If you plan on heading towards Dallas you should stay on 70 past the I-40 junction and catch 287 at Clarendon.

Get around[edit]

There is really no public transportation here, so you will need a car. Should you somehow find yourself here without one, there is one call taxi service:

  • Sun-Ray Cab, 116 1/2 W. Foster Ave, (806) 440-1066.  edit

See[edit][add listing]

Battle of the North Fork of the Red River
In September of 1872, in an area a few miles south of Pampa near McClellan Creek, a detachment of the US Army surprised a large village of Kotsoteka Comanches, killing more than 50 and capturing the rest. The battle marked a turning point in the Texas Indian wars, as it was the first time the whites had struck at the heart of Comanche territory. A Texas Historical Marker on Highway 70 marks the approximate site of the battle.


  • Freedom Museum USA, 600 N. Hobart, [2]. Tues-Sat 12-4PM. This somewhat ambitiously named museum hosts a modest collection of war memorabilia and strives to keep alive the memory of the Pampa Army Air Base, a pilot and mechanic training facility which existed during WWII.  edit
  • Little Red Schoolhouse, Highway 70 North at FM282 (just north of town at the intersection with the airport loop). This one-room schoolhouse was built and used during the 1930's. You can't go inside, but it's worth stopping by for a photo.  edit
  • Prairie dog town, 116 S. Cuyler (next to a large pond near the intersection of Texas 273 and Loop 171 on the southeast side of town), 806 669 8041. A large colony of prairie dogs as well as various species of larks and hawks can be seen here.  edit
  • White Deer Land Museum. Tue-Sun, 1-4PM. This museum is housed in the 80-year-old restored Land Office Building. It contains many artifacts of the early pioneers and the Western heritage of Texas and Gray County. Guided tours. Free.  edit
  • Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center, 320 South Cuyler, 806 669 3241, [3]. Center dedicated to the story of the folk music legend who began his musical career here, buying his first guitar in Pampa in the 1930s. The center is located in the old Harris Drug store which was brand new at the time, and sells souvenirs and memorabilia celebrating the famed musician.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Chatauqua Celebration, (Central Park). Labor Day. On the first Monday in September every year. Booths, food and entertainment.  edit
  • Pampa H20, 1400 North Sumner, (806) 665 5730, [4]. Small water park with pools, water slides, and a lazy river. $5.  edit
  • Top-O'-Texas Rodeo, 806 669 0434, [5]. One of the best PRCA events in the Panhandle. Held every August.  edit
  • White Deer Riding Club Rodeo, (in the nearby community of White Deer). Held the last weekend of every July.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Pampa has a number of crafts and antiques shops.

  • Cottage Collection, 922 W 23rd Ave., 806 665 4398.
  • Little Bow Peep, 824 Barnes St, 806 662 5679.
  • Past Reflections, 518 S Cuyler St., 806 665-5219.
  • Radcliff Rocks & Relics, 939 S Hobart St., 806 669-2696.
  • Trash & Treasure Shop, 1431 N Hobart St., 806 669-6601.

For basic necessities, United supermarket on north Hobart is the main grocery store in town. There is also a Wal-mart Supercenter on the north end of Perryton Parkway.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Amber's Mexican Restaurant, 2014 North Hobart. Tel.806-665-1173.
  • China Dragon, 1307 N. Hobart, 806 665 8286.
  • Coney Island Cafe, 114 W. Foster. tel. 806 669 9137. A classic diner, popular with the locals.
  • Dixie Café, 2537 Perryton Pky, 806 669 1000.
  • Dyer's Bar-B-Que, Highway 60 West, tel. 806 665 4401.
  • Emily's Cafe, 732 Frederic St, tel. 806 665 5495.
  • Heard-Jones Healthmart, 113 N. Cuyler, tel. 806 669 7478. A classic drugstore deli with great hamburgers.
  • Jay's Drive-In, 924 Alcock, tel. 806 669 2722. Fine chili dogs and shakes.
  • Peggy's Place, 1801 Alcock, tel. 806 665 7830. Standard country diner fare.
  • The Plaza, Coronado Center. Popular Mexican food restaurant on North Hobart.
  • Texas Rose Steakhouse, 2841 Perryton Parkway, tel. 806 669 1009

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Sandy's Pub, 2218 Alcock St‎, 806 665-0600. Local watering hole with live music on weekends.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • AmericInn Lodge and Suites of Pampa, 1101 N. Hobart. Tel.806-665-4404. (pampa.tx@americinn.com), [6].
  • Best Western Northgate Inn, 2831 Perryton Parkway (Hwy. 70 North). Tel.806-665-0926, [7].
  • Black Gold Motel, 12020 East Frederic. Tel.806-665-5723.
  • Cottonwood Springs Guest Ranch, Hwy. 70 North., Tel.806-665-7126, (gstranch@aol.com), [8]. 24 miles north of town in the caprocks, this working ranch offers quiet accommodations.
  • Holiday Inn Express, 3119 Perryton Pkwy, I-70 North near the hospital, 806 665 9500.


  • Hampton Inn & Suites of Pampa, 2820 North Perryton Parkway, Pampa, (806) 669-1555, [9]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 12pm. The Hampton Inn of Pampa offers business-class accommodations with deluxe lodging amenities, free breakfast, free Internet, swimming pool, and meeting facilities  edit

Camping/RV Parks[edit]

  • A & A RV Park & Mobile Home Park - 1708 W. Kentucky Ave. Tel.806-669-2439. Email: annettegoodson@cableone.net
  • Spring Meadows RV Park - 1300 W. Kentucky / S. Barnes. Tel.806-663-1322. Email: willoughby@pampa.com
  • Hobart St. Park - Operated by the City of Pampa. No Reservations Required.
  • Recreation Park - Operated by the City of Pampa. Hwy. 60 East @ Recreation Park. Tel.806-669-5750

Get out[edit]

  • Black Kettle National Grassland, northeast about 55 miles on Texas highway 60 (Look for the turnoff about 10 miles beyond Canadian). Part of Cibola National Forest. While most of this park is in Oklahoma, this separate 576-acre park includes Lake Marvin, providing a beautiful relaxation spot for any Panhandle traveller who misses seeing lots of trees.
  • McClellan Creek National Grassland, 18 miles to the south on highway 70, 580 497 2143. Part of Cibola National Forest, this park has passable campground facilities and RV hook-ups, and offers fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities. Be cautious of rattlesnakes.
  • Lake Meredith, at Fritch, has good boating facilities and is a popular fishing spot.
  • Perryton, north of highway 60, has a museum with exhibits on the Panhandle Plains Villagers of pre-colonization times.
  • Square House Museum, in Panhandle, 30 minutes west on Highway 60.


Routes through Pampa
AmarilloPanhandle  W noframe E  CanadianEnid
ENDPerryton  N noframe S  → I-40 - ClarendonSweetwater
DumasBorger  W noframe E  WheelerSayre


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