Want to see the greatest light show on earth? Look to the night sky at one of Oklahoma’s secluded stargazing hotspots. Enjoy awe-inspiring views from the back porch of a resort lodge with all the comforts of home, or take in the show from your backcountry campsite at a state park. Whether you join one of the orchestrated “star parties” in remote corners of the state or strike out on your own stargazing adventure, come to Oklahoma and see the universe in a whole new light.Learn More
The Ouachita Mountain Range, located throughout southeastern Oklahoma, is characterized by rolling, rocky terrain and pine-covered hills. The mountains were originally home to the Ouachita Tribe and received their name from the Choctaw language 'ouac' meaning buffalo and 'chito' meaning large. Therefore, the mountains are described as the home of large buffalo, which used to roam the area. The Ouachitas were once a mountain range that rivaled the present-day Rocky Mountains. The Ouachitas were located below sea level until about 300 million years ago when the range emerged. Unlike the majority of other mountain ranges in the United States, the Ouachita Mountains run east and west instead of north and south. The mountain range is home to the Ouachita National Forest and Talimena Scenic Byway.