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Panhandle Officials Working To Open 12,000 Acres North Of Amarillo For Recreational Use

Bureau of Land Management

City of Amarillo and Potter County officials are working to figure out the best way to make thousands of acres north of the city accessible to the public.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports,the 12,000 acres controlled by the Bureau of Land Management is the only land in the state of Texas owned by the federal government.

Officials in charge of the land, which is known as the Cross Bar Management Area, say they’re hoping to turn the vast spread into a recreation area for residents of the Texas Panhandle.

But one sticking point has been limited access.

Currently, there’s only one road into the area, and it passes under a tight railroad bridge. But progress is being made. An easement has been granted onto the property just north of the river, and the city and the county have both talked about making a two-mile road onto the property.