Hereford Things to do
The town is named for the Hereford cattle breed, and it is the seat of Deaf Smith County. The county is named after Erastus “Deaf” Smith, a scout, spy, soldier, and hero of the Texas Revolution who commanded Sam Houston’s scouts at the Battle of San Jacinto. Hereford is deeply rooted in cattle and agriculture. Deaf Smith County is known as the “Beef Capital of the World” with more than 3 million head of cattle fed annually in feed yards. Hereford is also the designated site of two ethanol production plants and hosts a branch campus of Amarillo College.
Historic structures include the 1910 Deaf Smith County Courthouse. It is the only courthouse in Texas built entirely of white Georgia marble. 235 E. Third St. Swimming is offered at the Hereford Aquatic Center at 400 E. 15th St.
Events include the Pioneer Days Celebration held Memorial Holiday weekend, July Jubilee on the last week of July, Spicer Gripp Memorial Roping held the first weekend of August, and Beef Capital of the World “Beef Cook-Off” Challenge held on the Saturday of the first weekend of August.
From the Coronado National Memorial to the Coronado Peak Trail, Hereford and nearby cities such as Tombstone, Sierra Vista, and Bisbee offer a variety of low-cost attractions.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Palo Duro Canyon State Park is home to the second-largest canyon in the country, so you can be sure to have a great day outside. Palo Duro Canyon is 800 feet deep, spans 30,000 acres, and offers 15,000 acres of trails for endless hiking and biking. At the Palo Duro Zip Line Adventure Park, if you’re seeking for more outdoor entertainment, you can’t go wrong with a thrilling zip line across the canyon. View the Texas outdoor musical theatre each summer, among other things. Check out the unique cabins on the canyon rim if you’re looking for somewhere to stay. Palo Duro Canyon is an excursion you must take for yourself, and it’s only 30 minutes from Amarillo’s downtown.
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Explore the amazing exhibits of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, which feature everything from dinosaurs and prehistoric people to Native Americans and West Texas Pioneers. The Panhandle-Plains Museum houses the biggest historical collection in the state of Texas and is situated on the campus of West Texas A&M University, not far from Amarillo and Palo Duro Canyon. The museum’s enormous collection of artifacts, fossils, objects, stories, displays, and exhibits helps to convey the tale of the region’s amazing historical, scientific, and cultural achievements that date back thousands or even millions of years.
Coronado National Memorial
Southwest. Picnics, hiking, bird watching, and spelunking are all options for visitors. The museum is always open to the public.
Coronado Peak Trail
Coronado Peak Trail takes hikers to the top of Coronado Peak in just under a half-mile each way. Take in the 360-degree views from the top and marvel at nature’s splendor. This short hiking track (roughly.5 miles one way) ascends from 6,575 to 6,864 feet in height, reaching Coronado Peak where it offers sweeping views of the San Pedro Valley and desert grasslands.
Deaf Smith County Historical Museum – Hereford
Housed in the first Catholic school building, the museum is listed as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Exhibits include a country store, chapel, and hand-carved miniature three-ring circus. Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. and 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat. 400 Sampson St. 806/363-7070.
The Deaf Smith County Historical Society founded the Deaf Smith County Museum in 1967. It is housed in a red brick school building constructed by the Catholic church for its first school and is an Official Texas Historical Site. The museum is dedicated to preserving the Pioneer legacy in this county, with the theme “How Our Pioneers Lived, Worked, and Played.”
The museum provides educational trunk programs on Pioneers, Indians, and Cowboys to schools as well as local social clubs. School and group tours are available by appt. An annual Christmas Open House provides holiday entertainment, special activities, snacks and drinks. Other special events are held to mark special occasions.
The museum is situated at 400 Sampson Street, just north of the county courthouse in Hereford, Texas. The hours are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., then 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. From Monday to Friday. Saturday hours are the same as Sunday, except that it closes at 3:00 p.m. Sundays and holidays are closed. Tours are available by appointment only. Although there is no admission charge, donations are always welcome and appreciated. You can reach us at 806-363-7070 for more information.
John Pitman Municipal Golf Course – Hereford
Price: $25 to $49, 18 holes, Public, Accepts credit cards, www.hereford-tx.gov/
Good food, friendly service, good atmosphere, moderate cost, clean premises.