Texas Plains Trail Region

Enjoy the rugged beauty and shimmering sunsets of the Texas Plains. Miles and miles of short grass prairie gives way suddenly and unexpectedly to spectacular canyon vistas as you cross this 52-county region that covers approximately 50,000 square miles! One of the last parts of the continental United States to be permanently settled, the Texas Plains have been occupied for millennia. More than 12,000 years ago, the Clovis people, the earliest known residents of North America, roamed this land hunting the ancient bison and the Columbian mammoth. In time, the Apache and Comanche nations came, followed by Spanish explorers, cowboys on the free range, and finally, homesteaders seeking opportunity in a new place. The stories of the land and the people are the history of the Texas Plains—and the true stories of the West.

Texas Heritage Trails LLC Managing Partner / Editorial Board Member

Plains Trail Region
Back Roads and Small Towns

Our destination for this road trip on May 15, 2021, was the Goodnight Ranch Historic…

The D & S Backroads Pumpkin Adventure

Travel along with Sandy Fortenberry and her good friend Debie Martin. Sandy serves as the…

The Cowboy Oasis Cafe

As you travel Texas Highway 152 in the northeastern corner of the state, with the…

Poetry keeps cowboy heritage, values alive

Perhaps, no figure in the world is more iconic than the American cowboy. Working cowboys…

Quanah Parker Day in Texas

By proclamation of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Saturday, September 12, 2020, has been declared Quanah…

Lone Star Cars: Hitting the Road for Classic Auto Museums

If you have ever cruised one of Texas’ quaint downtowns on any given major holiday…

A Civilization Geared to Motor Vehicles

In the 1950s, the magazine Texas Parade wrote, “Not since Cheops erected his great Pyramid…

Highway Highlights of the Yellow City

It’s been a long drive. You left Grandma’s ten hours ago headed west on Route…

Pickup Line

“We love to start the day with a ride in the pickup truck . .…

ELITE MANEUVERS The United States Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation above he Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show | Photo Courtesy the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
Texas Airshows

Touch-and-gos. Pyrotechnics. Barrel rolls. Helicopter rescues. Skydiving. If the prospect of seeing any of these…