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ATV enthusiasts flock to Little Sahara State Park near Waynoka where they can fly over dunes that stretch across 1,600 acres and are up to 75 feet tall.

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Rock climbing is a popular pastime in the Wichita Mountains.

Oklahoma’s diverse terrain promises all kinds of extreme adventure from rock climbing and scuba diving to spelunking and sky diving. Whether you choose to get your adrenaline fix in the air, on land or in the water, you’re sure to find boundary-pushing fun in every corner of the state. Gather up your courage and step up to the challenge of Oklahoma’s extreme adventures.


Air


Wide open skies invite you to explore all there is to do above the clouds. Take a peaceful ride through the sky with Skyway Balloons in Collinsville or Free Spirit Balloons in Piedmont. The initial liftoff will get your heart pounding, but the euphoric feeling once you’re in the air is well worth it.


If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, look no further than Oklahoma Paragliding in Talihina where you’ll glide through the sky with a trained instructor. Starting high above the Ouachita National Forest with just a canopy strapped to your back, you’ll run and jump right off the side of an extremely high hill. With an average flight time of no less than seven minutes, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful bird’s-eye view.


If paragliding sounds like fun, but you’d like the comfort of gliding over water instead of land, try parasailing at Sail Grand Waterfront. Starting out on the back of a boat, you’ll be propelled 500 feet into the air to enjoy a spectacular view, and maybe even a dip in the water.


Of course, skydiving is the ultimate air adventure, and you can experience that at Skydive Tulsa in Haskell or the Oklahoma Skydiving Center in Cushing. You can jump all on your own or go tandem with an experienced skydiving instructor.

Experience complete weightlessness while plummeting toward the earth.

Static lines ensure that your parachute opens immediately after jumping from the airplane or you can free fall and experience complete weightlessness while plummeting toward the earth.


Land     


With sandy dunes and caves in the west and top-notch rock climbing opportunities scattered throughout the state, you’ll find nearly limitless adventures on land in Oklahoma. With its many rock faces and good quality granite, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge offers excellent opportunities for rock climbing and rappelling. Mount Scott is especially popular, in part for the many crags found along its northern walls. If you need a little instruction before you scale the mountains, Guide for a Day will meet you in the Wichita Mountains and give you one-on-one instruction to help you on your way.


Popular rappelling spots include Robbers Cave State Park in southeast Oklahoma and Red Rock Canyon State Park just west of Oklahoma City near Hinton. If you’re new to climbing, you may consider visiting one of the state’s indoor gyms, such as Oklahoma City’s Rocktown Climbing Gym. Here, for a small fee, you can rent the necessary equipment and receive instruction on climbing techniques.  Climb inside former grain silos on routes up to 145 feet, or the really adventurous can even climb the outside of the building.


If ATVing is your game, you’ll find that Little Sahara State Park in Waynoka is Oklahoma’s favorite playground for off-roading enthusiasts. With 1,600 acres of sand dunes, some of which reach 75 feet in height, Little Sahara is the place to bring your dune buggies and dirt bikes. ATV and Off-Road Vehicle rental is available at nearby Stewart’s ATV & Buggy where you can ride straight to the park. Other popular ATV areas include Beaver Dunes Park in the Oklahoma panhandle, Lake Murray State Park in Ardmore, Cross Bar Ranch Park in Davis and Quartz Mountain Nature Park in Lone Wolf where you can park your four-wheeler on the beach and go swimming in Lake Altus-Lugert. Remember state law requires on public land that DOT-helmets are required for those under 18, and riding double is only permitted when the ATV is manufactured for two people.


Over at Alabaster Caverns State Park in Freedom, there are many opportunities for exploration from taking a 45 minute guided cavern tour to wild caving, also known as spelunking. The area is home to four caves ranging from 550 feet to 1,600 feet, so grab a flashlight and start your journey. Seasonal cave camping is also available at the park’s Water Cave.


For other extreme adventures on land including skateboarding, storm chasing and wilderness tours, visit the Extreme Adventure page.


Water


You wouldn’t know it by looking, but Lake Tenkiller is home to an underwater playground where scuba divers can swim through a sunken school bus and around multiple boat hulls. Known as Oklahoma’s clearest lake and also one of the deepest, visibility at Tenkiller ranges from eight to 28 feet. Contact Nautical Adventures Scuba for some hands-on instruction or to stock up on scuba and snorkeling equipment.


Another great scuba diving destination is Broken Bow Lake in southeastern Oklahoma. These clear, deep waters offer visibility of five to 25 feet and an average thermocline of 20 to 30 feet. Hook up with Broken Bow Scuba for classes and dive gear, and you’ll be swimming with the fish in no time.


Did you know you can wakeboard without a boat? At Wake Zone Cable Park in Oklahoma City, visitors are invited to wakeboard, waterski and kneeboard using a unique system of overhead cables that will pull you around in a large circular motion for as long as you can hang on.