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Parks & Playgrounds

Whether you are looking to relocate or road tripping, keep in mind Dalhart has plenty of green spaces-groomed PARKS and PLAYGROUNDS.

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Swimming Pool Park

Located at Tennessee & 16th Street, the newly-renovated swimming pool incorporates play and splash water features and slides for the enjoyment of young and old. The swimming pool is open during summer vacation and has a concession area. The entry fee is $3 per person, and special times are reserved for family nights, lap swimming and water aerobics. The pool can be reserved for private parties. Other amenities at the park include an outdoor skateboard facility, basketball courts, picnic pavilion, playground equipment and sand volleyball courts.

Veterans Memorial Park

Located at 7th & Rock Island, is home to the Dallam/Hartley Counties Veterans Memorial. This park features a walking trail, picnic areas, playground equipment and gazebo, perfect for gatherings.

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Kella Hill Park

Located at Kendrick and 3rd Streets, also features a gazebo, walking trails, picnic tables and playground equipment.

North Side Park

Located at Dodson & Dallam Streets, has half court basketball, walking trails, playground equipment and picnic tables. Four tennis courts located at the Dalhart Junior High School on 16th Street are available for public use.

Memorial Stadium Track

Walkers and joggers make use of the park at 8th and Maple Street. Take a drive down Lake Road at five in the morning or nine at night, and you will find walkers, joggers and bicycle enthusiasts along the newly-constructed walking and biking trail on FM 281.

Rita Blanca Park

Dalhart’s largest park is Rita Blanca State Park located on FM 281, was once the northernmost state park in Texas, but is now owned and maintained by the City of Dalhart. Lake Rita Blanca is a prime recreational spot for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. The park has a 160-acre lake surrounded by 1,680 acres of fun. The lake is an excellent location for bird viewing throughout the year, but during the winter months it is beyond compare. The hiking/biking/horse trails around the area make it perfect for wildlife viewing. The lake area is available for tent camping; the fee is $3.

The City has made many improvements including new restrooms, new playground equipment and better hiking/biking/riding trails and roads. The City has recently added the new Lake Center, the Lake Center is a location where guests can check out items such as bicycles, board games, fishing poles, tackle, golf discs, and other items by leaving some form of identification. The I.D. will be returned to the guest when the borrowed item is returned.

Entertainment

The XIT Museum

Following a fire in 1881 that burned the state capital building to the ground, the State of Texas found itself land-rich and cash-poor. The state granted a Chicago corporation 3 million acres to construct a new capital building. This new ranch, the XIT, covered parts of 10 counties across the Texas Panhandle.

The Dallam-Hartley County Historical Association sponsors the XIT MUSEUM located in beautiful DALHART, TEXAS at 108 East 5th Street and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

The XIT MUSEUM features a chapel, several period rooms, area wildlife, a history of the railroad in the Panhandle as well as a remarkable collection of XIT RANCH artifacts and exhibits.

If you love TEXAS HISTORY, the XIT MUSEUM is a place you really need to see. Put this stop on your TEXAS travel list!

The La Rita Performing Arts Theatre

Located at 311 Denrock Avenue is a beautifully restored, 1930s period theatre offering community theater productions and other performing arts events. Built by W.L. (Wally) Hamilton as a movie theater.  J.C. Parker. Mr. Parker later purchased the theatre and had the theater remodeled in the summer of 1942. The seating capacity was increased, including 40 “love” seats. Air conditioning, new sound equipment and new projection equipment were installed, making the facility one of the most modern in the Southwest.  Tours of the facility are available if you call ahead. Tickets for events can be purchased at the door or in advance through the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce office.
Ph: 806-244-5646

Dallam-Hartley County Library

Boasts more than 28,000 volumes, along with access to millions more through the Texas Panhandle Library System. The two counties split library costs.
Ph: 806-244-2761

Twisted Elms Golf Club

Located on Highway 54 West, is a private country club offering an attractive, 18-hole golf course with a pro shop open year round, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and concessions.
Ph: 806-244-5596

Dust Bowl Bar & Grill

Located at 811 W. 7th Street in the thriving town of Dalhart, Texas is a family-friendly entertainment center!

Brand new 12 lane bowling alley, a variety of arcade games, along with a restaurant and bar. Bring the kiddos… this is THE place to have a great time!

Traveling? DALHART, TEXAS is the best place to stop and spend the evening.

Vingo Vineyards

A family owned & operated vineyard dedicated to growing outstanding grapes on the northern plains of Texas. They recently opened a tasting room in the historic old post office in Dalhart. They also bottle their own wine called Yoder Cellars. Vingo Vineyard is the last winery as you pass through leaving north Texas!

Things to See

The Sesquicentennial Monument

Erected outside the Dallam County Courthouse in 1986 in celebration of both the state sesquicentennial and the 50th anniversary of the XIT Rodeo and Reunion. The granite monument depicts the state outline highlighted by the XIT Ranch shape.

Dalhart’s Empty Saddle Monument

Just north of the Highway 87 underpass, commemorates the pioneers who died settling the Panhandle. The empty saddle is symbolic of all the cowhands and pioneers who built the town. The monument was designed by local artist Bobby Dycke and built in 1940. -This is currently taken down due to the road construction on Highway 87.

The James R. Fox Memorial

Erected in 2003 outside the Dallam County Courthouse. Donated to the City by the Peoples Republic of China, the monument is in remembrance of James R. Fox, who flew rescue missions during World War II for the Hump Pilots Association.

The Veterans Memorial Park

Formerly known as 7th Street Park, now features The Dallam/Hartley Counties Veterans Memorial. This was a grassroots project that began with an idea and was funded by donations from the community. The memorial will honor all who served our country in all branches of the military in peacetime or wartime. The entry to the memorial honors those who were killed or are missing in action. In addition to the stones containing the names of our veterans, three stones will give a brief history of the U.S. Wars and conflicts. The memorial is lighted for nighttime viewing. This is a perpetual care memorial, so names will continue to be added as men and women from the area continue to serve our country.

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