Canadian River

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Canadian River
Canadian River 01.JPG
Photo: View of Canadian River
Off-Road Information
Other Names:
Terrain: Sand, hills, rocks, mud
Off-Road Use: Trail, obstacles, hill climbs
Difficulty: Easy - Hard
County: Potter County, TX
Nearest Cities: In between Dumas, TX and Amarillo, TX
Map Links: Google Map
Satellite Map: Google Satellite
Special Map:
GPS Coords: 35.2412/-106.8536
Google Earth:
Climate: Semi-Arid
Area Size:
Elevation: 3,000 to 3,120 ft
Last Visited:
Open/Closed/Date: Open


The Canadian River off-road area is in between Amarillo, TX and Dumas, TX on US 87/287. There's something there for everyone, ranging from novice to experienced wheelers. The area has trails on the west side of the highway and the east side of the highway, extending into the Rosita Flats OHV area of the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. The primary trail runs east from the highway into Rosita Flats.

The west side has a wide open sandy area along with access to several hill climb and rock crawling areas. Access to some portions requires water and / or mud hole crossings. Most of the time this is not an issue, however be aware of your vehicles capabilities and take note of large amounts of rainfall.

The east side has more trail riding areas with several hill climb and rock crawling areas right off of the main trail. The main trail runs about 5 miles into the area. Many visitors who camp do so on the east side.

Most obstacles have a bypass, so even stock four wheel drive vehicles can enjoy the area. You could easily spend five or six hours out here hitting various obstacles. Full size vehicles can run into width issues due to vegetation and brush growth (especially after periods of frequent rainfall).


From Amarillo:

Take US 87/287 north (about 18 miles from downtown). The entrance is on the right hand side just before the bridge.

From Dumas:

Take US 87/287 south (about 29 miles from downtown). The entrance to the area is on the south side of the bridge, right after you cross over the river.

Maps and GPS Coordinates[edit]

Canadian River Coordinates: 35.46967° -101.8800° Coordinates: 35.46967° -101.8800°

Additional Information[edit]

Note - A Texas Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) decal is REQUIRED. The decal costs $8 and is good through August 31 of the year it was purchased. They can be purchased here:

The Canadian River Sand Drags are usually held the last weekend of February. Expect large crowds for this event.

Remember to pack out your trash as well as any you happen to come across. This will help keep this area open for future use.

Pictures, Videos, and other Resources[edit]

Link to Rosita Flats information:

Ford Raptor at one of the hill climb areas:

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Ford Raptor in Rosita Flats with the Canadian River in the background:

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