Cross Bar Special Recreation Management Area
A hidden gem lay just north of Amarillo – twelve thousand acres of public land known as the Cross Bar Management Area. Some fifteen miles northwest of Amarillo, Texas, the BLM administers 11,883 acres of surface estate on the Cross Bar. The Cross Bar is the only BLM-administered surface estate in Texas. Since 1996, the BLM has been quietly improving recreation opportunities there, but there is more work to be accomplished to meet mandated SRMA designation requirements, Presidential priorities, and Secretarial Orders.
The OK/TX/KS Final Joint EIS, BLM Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Record of Decision (ROD) was approved March 11, 2020. The Cross Bar is officially designated as a Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA).
From downtown Amarillo, head north on Fillmore Street/Dumas Hwy/87. Drive for approximately 18 miles to the intersection of the Canadian River and HWY 87. Walk or drive west through the River for 1.5 miles to the railroad trestle. The Cross Bar property boundary is begins at the fence line south of the river bottom and immediately west of the railroad trestle.