Exploring the Heart of Texas: A Stay at Big Texan RV Ranch

Nestled amidst the sweeping plains of Amarillo, Texas, lies a haven for travelers seeking a taste of authentic Texan hospitality: the Big Texan RV Ranch. As we rolled into this charming retreat, we were immediately struck by the warm welcome and the promise of adventure that awaited us. Join us as we recount our unforgettable experience at the Big Texan RV Ranch, where starry skies, southern comforts, and the spirit of the Lone Star State converge to create memories that will last a lifetime.

We traveled through Amarillo on our way cross country to the Grand Canyon.  In addition to enjoying the RV park, we had a most memorable dinner at the adjacent Big Texan Steak Hosue.

Big Texan RV Ranch
The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Big Texan RV Ranch Location

To reach the Big Texan RV Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, follow these directions:

From Interstate 40 (I-40):

  1. Take Exit 75 if you’re approaching from the east or Exit 74 if you’re coming from the west.
  2. Head south onto Lakeside Drive.
  3. Continue on Lakeside Drive for about 0.2 miles.

If you’re using GPS, you can input the address directly: Big Texan RV Ranch, 1415 Sunrise Dr, Amarillo, TX 79104

Once you arrive at the  RV Ranch, follow any signage or instructions provided by the staff for check-in and to reach your RV site. Enjoy your stay!

RV Park Amenities 

Big Texan RV Ranch
Free Limo to The Big Texan Steak Ranch
  1. Full Hookups: Expect to find sites with full hookups for water, sewer, and electricity to accommodate RVs of various sizes.
  2. Pull-Through Sites: These sites make it easier for RVs to enter and exit without complex maneuvering.
  3. Free Limousine Shuttle: Do it up the Big Texan way—free transportation to the Big Texan Steak Ranch.
  4. Heated Indoor Swimming Pool and Sauna: Beat the Texas heat in the beautiful indoor pool.
  5. Restroom and Laundry Facilities: Camp in comfort with clean onsite accommodations.

Things to Do Nearby

Amarillo, Texas, offers a rich tapestry of activities and attractions catering to various interests. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, foodie, or art lover, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this vibrant city. Here are some top things to do in Amarillo:

  1. Cadillac Ranch: Experience a unique roadside attraction where ten Cadillacs are half-buried nose-first in the ground. Visitors are encouraged to bring spray paint and leave their mark on these colorful art installations.
  2. Big Texan Steak Ranch: Indulge in an authentic Texas dining experience at the Big Texan Steak Ranch, home of the famous 72-ounce steak challenge. 
  3. Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Texas Panhandle at this renowned museum. Explore exhibits showcasing art, artifacts, and memorabilia spanning thousands of years of regional history.
  4. Route 66 Historic District: Step back in time and explore downtown Amarillo’s historic Route 66 district. 
  5. Wonderland Amusement Park: Experience thrills and family fun at Wonderland Amusement Park, featuring a variety of rides, games, and attractions for visitors of all ages. Cool off at the adjacent water park during the summer months.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch 

The Big Texan Steak Ranch is a legendary restaurant in Amarillo, Texas, known for its larger-than-life atmosphere, delicious food, and iconic challenges. 

The location was established in 1960 by R. J. “Bob” Lee. Originally located on Route 66, it moved to its current location on Interstate 40 in 1970. The restaurant has become a landmark along Route 66, attracting travelers worldwide with its distinctive Western facade and neon signage.

Big Texan exudes a classic ambiance with rustic decor, cowboy memorabilia, and a lively atmosphere. Guests can enjoy live music performances, line dancing, and other weekly entertainment.

The restaurant is best known for its steaks, particularly the famous 72-ounce steak challenge. Brave diners who can finish the entire meal within a set time limit receive the meal for free. In addition to the challenge, the menu features a wide selection of steaks, ribs, seafood, burgers, and Tex-Mex dishes.

Big Texan RV Ranch Review

Our time at the Big Texan RV Ranch was an absolute delight! From the moment we arrived, we were impressed by the well-maintained grounds and friendly staff. The check-in process was smooth, and we quickly settled into our spacious pull-through site with full hookups.

The amenities at the Big Texan RV Ranch exceeded our expectations. The Wi-Fi was fast and reliable, allowing us to stay connected throughout our stay. The restroom and shower facilities were clean and well-kept, adding comfort and convenience.

The Big Texan RV Ranch location was perfect for exploring Amarillo’s attractions and the surrounding area. We visited Cadillac Ranch and enjoyed an authentic Texas Dinner at the Big Texan Steak Ranch. 

Our experience at the Big Texan RV Ranch was fantastic, and we can’t wait to return. Whether you’re passing through Amarillo or planning a longer stay, I highly recommend this RV park for its excellent amenities, convenient location, and welcoming atmosphere.”

Our Experience at the Big Texan

Big Texan RV Ranch

We stayed at the Big Texan as we made our way west on our first cross-country rv journey. We were going to the Grand Canyon and stopped in Amarillo for two nights. 

During our time in Amarillo, we spray painted Cadillac at Cadillac Ranch and enjoyed a fantastic dinner at the Big Texan Steak Ranch. Although we did not participate in the 72-ounce steak dinner challenge, we did have a most memorable dinner experience. 

The RV park was a great location to set up camp and explore the surrounding area. Of course, we took advantage of the free limousine ride from our site right to the front door of the steak house. 

Our steak dinner was one we will never forget. The staff was great and created an authentic Southern ambiance. In addition, they exuded southern hospitality. In addition to enjoying our meals, we enjoyed watching those at the bif table attempt to eat their 72-ounce steak dinners.

Big Texan is a must-see if you travel through the panhandle of Texas along Interstate 40. 

You can easily make reservations on the Big Texan RV Ranch website and enjoy a great stop in Amarillo.

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Have you visited the Big Texan yourself? How was your experience? Do you have any tips for visiting the Big Texan or Amarillo, Texas?

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