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Amarillo, Texas, is the largest city on the Texas Panhandle. With fantastic sunset views over the desert or Lake Meredith, camping in this area of Texas is truly unforgettable.

Choose between luxurious sites with full amenities or a more adventurous experience when you boondock in a first-come, first-serve campground in the heart of the desert.

1. Harbor Bay Camp

tent and picnic table at campsite

Image from The Dyrt camper MomSolo

With access to marvelous hiking trails, Harbor Bay Camp is in the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, only 40 minutes to Amarillo, Texas. It’s a first-come, first-serve campsite near the town of Fritch with stunning sunset views over the lake. There are some developed sites, but mostly it is sparse desert camping. There is no potable water available and only vault toilets, so plan accordingly.





“Each site has a covered picnic area, grill, and fire pit. We had a beautiful view of the lake and easily walked down to enjoy the sunset.”MomSolo

Campground Details:

  • Price: Free
  • Number of sites: No defined sites
  • RV sites: No
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

2. Palo Duro Canyon State Park

wide view of the canyon

Image from The Dyrt camper Michael C.

At 20 miles long, 2 miles wide, and 800 feet deep, Palo Duro Canyon is as impressive as the Grand Canyon. Choose from a wide range of sites at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park, like equestrian sites, electric, or rural. There are also cabins or pavilions to rent out. There’s a store, and the access to the sites are paved.

“When you make that first turn after entering the park, WOW is such a weak descriptor. The view is spectacular.”Michael C.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $12-26
  • Number of sites: 87
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

3. Big Texan RV Ranch

kids overlooking canyon

Image from The Dyrt camper Tammie L.

Right in the heart of Amarillo, Texas, is Big Texan RV Ranch, an easy-to-access campground with paved roads, pull-thru sites, and lots of amenities. This is an excellent destination for families as it includes mini-golf, playgrounds, and a pool. Choose between a range of options like full hook-ups or more rustic camping.

“I doubt any RV parks are glorious to look at, but I appreciated that they had curved streets, so it didn’t just look like row after row of RVs, but like a little neighborhood.”Reuben

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 140
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

4. Amarillo KOAtwo

two cars parked next to each other at campsite

Image from The Dyrt camper Melissa

Located next to the Amarillo Airport is an incredibly convenient and well-tended KOA right off the famous Route 66. There are all the necessary amenities at the Amarillo KOA and then some, with hay wagon rides, a dog park, a pool, and activities such as corn hole and ladder ball. Great for an extended stay, as a jumping-off point, or as the prime destination.

“One good thing about that was lots of room for the dogs to run. The best thing, however, was free limousine rides to The Big Texan Steakhouse!”Joel R.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $41-70
  • Number of sites: 114
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

5. Sanford-Yake Campground

pull-behind trailer at campground

Image from The Dyrt camper Layla D.

About 44 miles from Amarillo, Texas, in the Lake Meredith Recreation Area, is the Sanford-Yake Campground, a stunning campsite. You can boondock or camp rustically for free or pay for a concrete, pull-thru pad with electric hookup.

There are about 10 sites with electric and water hookups, but dry-camping is just as fun, and you don’t have to pay. Restrooms are available 24 hours, and there are warm showers.

“The park is excellent, and a total gem, especially when you consider that you can boondock, or pay for a site with hookups.”Joshua A.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $0-40
  • Number of sites: 51
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

6. Oasis RV Resort

pull-behind trailer at campsite

Image from The Dyrt camper Daniel P.

This campground is truly an oasis in the desert; the Oasis RV Resort has laundry facilities, playgrounds, on-site food services, and well-stocked stores. Located directly in Amarillo, Texas, this large, well-appointed campsite has everything you need to feel comfortable while you’re away from home.

“They pretty much have everything you need. Pool, two hot tubs (one for family and other for adults). They are kept separate so it does accommodate families as well as single travelers.”Mireya V.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 178
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

7. Cadillac Ranch RV Park and Campground

cadillac art installment

Image from The Dyrt camper Tori

No visit to Amarillo is complete with a trip to Cadillac Art Exhibit. And even better, you can stay close enough to walk there when you camp at Cadillac Ranch RV Park and Campground.

This campground is only a mile away from this spectacular display of painted, old caddies half-buried in the desert. The campground itself is small, with 47 well-kept sites that range from pull-thrus for RVs to tent sites for those who like more rural camping.

“Unbelievably clean showers and bathrooms. About 1 mile from the famous buried Cadillac art attraction.”Tori

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 47
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

 

Camping near Amarillo, Texas, provides access to notable attractions like the Palo Duro Canyon, Lake Meredith, or the Cadillac Art Exhibit. These 7 campgrounds give you a taste of the camping options available throughout this area. For a whole lot more, check out The Dyrt’s full list of the best camping near Amarillo, Texas.


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