Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve

Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve County Rd 325
Kenton, OK 73946

Phone: 580-426-2222
Fax: 580-426-2405
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Black Mesa is located in Oklahoma's panhandle along the tri-state border with Colorado and New Mexico. Black Mesa takes its name from the layer of black lava rock that coated the mesa about 30 million years ago. Visitors can hike to the top of the plateau, Oklahoma's highest point at 4,973 feet above sea level, while in the Black Mesa Nature Preserve.

The nature preserve is operated by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department in conjunction with Black Mesa State Park. The nature preserve consists of approximately 1,600 acres where visitors can hike and enjoy 23 rare plants and eight rare animal species. The unique area marks the point where the Rocky Mountains meet the shortgrass prairie and many species are at the easternmost or westernmost point of their natural range.

Black Mesa is located in Oklahoma's panhandle along the tri-state border with Colorado and New Mexico. Black Mesa takes its name from the layer of black lava rock that coated the mesa about 30 million years ago. Visitors can hike to the top of the plateau, Oklahoma's highest point at 4,973 feet above sea level, while in the Black Mesa Nature Preserve.

The nature preserve is operated by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department in conjunction with Black Mesa State Park. The nature preserve consists of approximately 1,600 acres where visitors can hike and enjoy 23 rare plants and eight rare animal species. The unique area marks the point where the Rocky Mountains meet the shortgrass prairie and many species are at the easternmost or westernmost point of their natural range.

Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve are a birder's paradise with golden eagles, scaled quail, black-billed magpies, and pinyon jays frequently spotted.  Other wildlife in the area includes black bear, bobcat, mountain lion, mule deer, bighorn sheep and antelope.

In addition to being an excellent location for wildlife watching, Black Mesa State Park boasts some of the darkest nighttime skies on publicly accessible land in the country. The dark skies draw countless astronomy enthusiasts to the area every year as they make star gazing ideal. The state park is especially popular each August when the annual Perseid meteor shower is visible. It is one of the most viewed meteor showers in the Northern Hemisphere and is best seen from remote areas such as the Oklahoma panhandle.

Located about 15 miles from the nature preserve, Black Mesa State Park is adjacent to Lake Carl Etling and offers approximately 29 RV sites with water and electric hookups, 25 tent sites, picnic facilities, boat ramps, trout fishing in season, a playground, restrooms with showers and a group camp with 12 bunkhouses. Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Black Mesa Nature Preserve is open dawn to dusk only. Allow at least four hours to hike to the top of the mesa from the parking area and back. A restroom is available at the nature preserve trailhead. Although camping is allowed within the state park, no camping is allowed within the nature preserve borders. Hikers need to be prepared for high temperatures during the summer and are advised to bring plenty of water.

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  • Facility Amenities: Campsites, Dump Station, Elec. 30 Amp, Grills, Office WiFi, Pets Allowed, Pets Allowed in Park, Picnic Area, Playground, Pull Thru Sites, Restrooms, Showers, Water Hookup

  • On-site Activities: Hiking, Watchable Wildlife

  • On-site Lodging: Group Camp, RV Sites, Tent Sites

Tent sites: $14

RV sites with electric & water hookups: $22

Premium sites: Additional $5

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the pricing listed above, prices are subject to change without notice.

Located 28 miles NW of Boise City on Hwy 325.

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From Black Mesa State Park on 11/06/16

Erick, Boise City is 27 miles east of the park and offers some eating choices with a Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, Subway and 2 other restaurants. Clayton, NM is 35 miles SW of the park and offers a variety of eating choices as well. Glad you are coming!


From Erick on 11/06/16

Are there any really good eating establishments within a short driving distance? Love to start my camping experiences with a full belly.


From Black Mesa State Park on 11/01/16

Debbie, Yes we will have RV sites available that will accommodate your RV. Glad you are coming!


From Debbie Shearon on 10/31/16

My sister and I want to stay 11/4-11/6. I have a 35ft rv will there be sites available? We are coming from Enid


From Black Mesa State Park on 10/22/16

Glen, Yes we do have RV sites available. Glad you are coming to Black Mesa State Park.


From Glen on 10/22/16

Headed back from NM. Any RV spots available this weekend?


From Black Mesa State Park on 10/19/16

Scott, Yes the office will be open this week. We also have several tent sites available. Glad you are coming.


From Scott K on 10/18/16

Heading your way from OKC this week. Will the office be open during the week so I can pick up those passport stickers? Also, what does the tent site availability look like for Wed-Fri? Thanks!


From Black Mesa State Park on 10/12/16

Tony, I'm sorry however we only allow camping in designated areas of the park. If you click on the link for the Black Mesa Park Map located under more information towards the top of this page. It will show you where all of our camp sites are located within the park. If you will be star gazing might I suggest camping in the West Canyon campground. It offers very little ambient light. If you have further questions please feel free to call the office @ 580/426-2222.


From Tony on 10/12/16

Where are the campgrounds located? Is camping off of the designated camping sites allowed? I am planning a camping/telescope party with a few friends and any information on where to camp and where to go would be appreciated!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/07/16

Janet, although there are no cabins within the park, there are a few privately owned lodging opportunities nearby! To see the full list, please click 'Lodging within 15 miles' under the map feature on this page. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Janet on 10/05/16

Are there any cabins in the park, or close to the park?


From Black Mesa State Park on 10/03/16

Richard, I have passport stickers available outside the office by the door as well as inside. The summit hike is 8.4 miles roundtrip however it's not that strenuous. You walk along the base of the summit for 2.5 miles then enter the switchbacks, where you encounter some rocky terrain which takes you to the top. Be sure to take plenty of water.


From Richard on 10/03/16

How strenuous is the hike to the high point? I have seen some say it is around 8 miles round trip. We want to plan accordingly


From Richard on 10/03/16

Thank you for the quick response, we are looking forward to the trip! See you around the 21st. Do you have passport stickers available outside or do we have to make sure and catch you when you are open?


From Black Mesa State Park on 10/03/16

Richard, Yes the Tri-State Marker is accessible by car. It is located just North of the Nature Preserve on the CO, NM state lines. I have a map depicting the location of the marker here at the park office. Feel free to stop by or you may call the office at 580/426-2222. Glad you are planning a trip here.


From Richard on 10/03/16

We are planning a trip out there in a couple of weeks for my birthday, I don't know a thing about the area, but would like to go to the three corners, do you have a map or is this accessible? My son has never been to Colorado or New Mexico before so I wanted to add that to our trip.


From Black Mesa State Park on 08/31/16

Lance, Our campsites are first come first serve here at Black Mesa State Park. If you would like you may call the office at 580/426-2222 on the day of your arrival to check availability. Thank you for using TravelOK.com


From Lance on 08/31/16

Is there campground reservations for Labor Day weekend?


From owner on 08/21/16

Dan, tent camping is $14.00 per night on a first come first serve basis. Thank you for using Travelok.com.


From Dan on 08/21/16

How much does it cost for tent camping?


From Black Mesa State Park on 08/08/16

Tom, all of our campsites are currently first come first serve. In regards to power our RV sites have 110V and 220V outlets at each site. Glad you are coming.


From Tom Arnold on 08/07/16

Do we need reservations for a tent site over the Labor Day weekend? What is the availability for telescope power? Thanks Tom


From Black Mesa State Park on 07/31/16

Robyn, Our traffic in August during the meteor shower is moderate through the week. I do not see you having a problem finding an available tent site throughout the time frame the showers pass. If you have any further questions please feel free to call the park office at 580/426-2222


From Robyn on 07/31/16

How busy is it in August during the Perseid meteor shower? Would we realistically be able to get a tent site on Friday night or Saturday afternoon?


From Black Mesa State Park on 07/27/16

Katie, we usually have several RV sites to choose from on the weekdays. You are more than welcome to call the office at 580/426-2222 to check availability prior to your arrival. Have a great day!


From Katie on 07/27/16

Do your RV sites fill up fast during the weekdays? We are planning on stopping next Wednesday on our way to Colorado. Thanks!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/11/16

Tabitha, yes, the comfort stations are heated in late fall and winter. For additional questions, please contact park staff at 580-426-2222. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Tabitha Zimmer on 07/10/16

Will the comfort stations be open in oct.?


From Black Mesa State Park on 06/30/16

Kory, I'm sorry but we do not sell fishing licenses here at the park. The nearest store that I know sells them is the Walmart in Guymon. However you may go to the ODWC website and purchase one online. I hope this helps.


From Kory on 06/29/16

Can I purchase a fishing license at the park office?


From Black Mesa State Park on 06/21/16

Alex, All of our campsites here at Black Mesa State Park are first come first serve as we do not take reservations for campsites. Feel free to call the office at 580/426-2222 if you would like to check availability. Thanks


From Alex on 06/20/16

How old do you have to be to reserve a campsite


From Black Mesa State Park on 06/18/16

Leon, You should not have a problem finding an available tent site during the weekday this time of year. Glad you are coming.


From Leon on 06/17/16

How full is the campground on weekdays this time of year? I would be tenting. Thanks.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/14/16

Kevin, all 36 RV sites with water and electric hookups and 23 tent sites are available on a first come, first serve basis at Black Mesa State Park. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Kevin Caldwell on 06/14/16

Do I need to make reservations or is it first come first serve?


From Black Mesa State Park on 06/10/16

Rex, You are more than welcome to call the office at 580/426-2222 if you would like to check for available campsites. However the nearest campground would be Clayton Lake State Park outside of Clayton, NM. There is several bed & breakfasts close to Black Mesa State Park if you would like that. I hope this helps.


From Rex on 06/09/16

Are there any other campgrounds in the area if you fill up on July4th weekend?


From Black Mesa State Park on 05/27/16

Charles, I do expect to the park to be busy this weekend. If you have concerns about availability please feel free to call the office at 580/426-2222


From Black Mesa State Park on 05/27/16

Sue, I assure you that the bathrooms are clean as I have personally checked them this morning. If you have any more concerns please feel free to call the office at 580/426-2222


From Charles on 05/27/16

Do you expect the park to be busy or full this weekend?


From Sue on 05/26/16

Have the bathrooms been cleaned? I see complaints on here about them.


From Black Mesa State Park on 05/10/16

James, all of our campsites here are first come first serve. We typically have a couple of sites available through the weekend. If you would like, you can call the office at 580/426-2222 to check the day of your expected arrival. Glad you are coming.


From James on 05/09/16

Can campsites with electric and water be reserved over the Memorial Day weekend and do you fill up if they can't be?


From Black Mesa State Park on 05/06/16

Jason, September would be a great time to hike the Black Mesa Nature Preserve. Please set aside enough time to complete the hike as the trail is only open from dawn to dusk and the days will be getting shorter then. Hope you enjoy your hike!


From Jason on 05/05/16

Is late September a good time to come and hike?


From Black Mesa State Park on 04/22/16

Donnie, Yes there is plenty of room to park your vehicle at your tent site. Glad you are coming.


From Donnie on 04/19/16

Is there room to park a short bed truck next to my tent at your tent site?


From Black Mesa State Park on 04/19/16

Phillip, I do not foresee any issue with you finding a tent site upon your arrival this weekend. Pets are allowed in the park and on the trails as long as you keep them on a leash. Hope you enjoy your day.


From Phillip on 04/19/16

We are planning on coming there on the 22nd. Will there be tent sites available? Also, are pets allowed?


From Black Mesa State Park on 04/18/16

Skye, You should not have any problems getting to the park as well as finding a site. There will be plenty of sites available on this coming Wednesday and Thursday as we do not expect to be full. Glad you are coming.


From Skye on 04/17/16

We have a 39 ft fifth wheel, 13.4 ft tall. Plan to stop on the 20 or 21st of April. Any problems getting into park, site, or dump station? Any chance that you will be full?


From Black Mesa State Park on 04/17/16

Ron, Our RV sites only have electric and water utilities. We also have a dumpstation located infront of the bathroom facilities in the park. Feel free to call the office at 580/426-2222


From Ron on 04/16/16

Do all of your RV hookups have water, electric, and sewer as well?


From owner on 04/12/16

Tommie, You should not have any problems getting an RV campsite with utilities. Glad you are coming.


From Tommie on 04/11/16

Will be traveling and plan to stay at your park on May 7th, a Saturday night. What are the chances of getting an RV site with hookups?


From Black Mesa State Park on 04/10/16

Sam, feel free to just pull off the side of the roadway there and park on the grass at the tent site you choose. If you have anymore questions please feel free to call the office at 580/426-2222


From Sam on 04/10/16

Where do folks park when they tent camp in the West Canyon area?


From Blavk Mesa State Park on 03/25/16

Ranelle, We do not expect to be full for Easter weekend. Glad you are coming!


From Ranelle on 03/25/16

We would like to bring our RV for the Easter pageant tomorrow and Sunday. Is the RV park typically full Easter weekend, and if so, is there other RV camping available nearby?


From John on 03/24/16

Nice campground for the most part. We enjoyed the night sky. The campsites are pretty nice with good water pressure and electricity. The bad part is the bathrooms. They are very poorly maintained. Overall the bathrooms are dirty and the toilets and showers are in poor condition. Our state parks deserve better. Maybe a campground host who cares about the campground is the answer.


From owner on 03/24/16

Tim, we are sorry the park facilities did not meet your expectation. If you would like to discuss how we can make improvements for future experiences please call the park at 580/426-2222.


From Tim on 03/24/16

My wife said she is not going back due to the condition of the bathroom.


From Black Mesa State Park on 03/16/16

Lawrence, I'm sorry the bathrooms were in terrible shape during your stay. I would like to assure you though that they have been cleaned now.


From Lawrence on 03/16/16

Somebody needs to clean the bathrooms. We have stayed at the park three times since last fall and the bathrooms are horrible. They are only partially cleaned.


From owner on 03/13/16

Destyni, the state park does not have any equestrian trails but we do allow overnight dry camping in one area (West Canyon) for visitors who are traveling and need to let their horse out of the trailer. We have no pens so your horse would need to remain tethered to the trailer and, yes current coggins is required. You may check with the area ranches and beds & breakfasts to see if they allow any riding. Sorry we could not be of more assistance.


From Destyni on 03/12/16

I noticed that a couple of websites say there are equestrian camps and trails for horses. Can you tell me what the camp is like ad far as if there are any pens to keep horses in over night and if we have to do any special arrangements if we bring horses in to ride? We have currents coggins


From Black Mesa Stat Park on 03/12/16

Melissa, Yes the bathroom facility is open and available near the RV sites. No we do not expect to be full for the coming Spring Break week. Hope you enjoy your day!


From Melissa on 03/11/16

Are showers available near the RV camping sites? Do expect to be full over the coming week for Spring Break?


From owner on 03/10/16

Scott, the state park camping portion remains open 24 hrs/day so feel free to come and go. Payment methods accepted are cash and check. A self pay station is located at the park office. You can mountain bike at the state park but not at the nature preserve. Glad you are coming.


From Scott on 03/09/16

Are there ant opprotunities for mountain biking? Nothing extreme. What is the prefered payment for camping?


From scott on 03/09/16

I noticed that the campsite is open from dusk till dark. Our travel schedule would put us there between 10pm & Midnight. Are campers allowed to arrive that late? thanks


From Black Mesa State Park on 03/07/16

Heather, Our campsites are available on a first come first serve basis. I don't believe you will have a problem finding a place to camp this coming weekend. Feel free to call the park office 580-426-2222 if you'd like to check the day before.


From owner on 03/06/16

Marybel, the Easter pageant takes place outside of park property half way between the park and the town of Kenton. Camping at the state park is first come first serve but you should not have any problems since you are tent camping.


From owner on 03/06/16

Jeff, the park is staffed by one employee but feel free to use the self pay station located at the park office. Yes trout were stocked this year and have been biting well. I have seen a couple 5 pounders caught! Glad you are coming.


From Heather Carson on 03/06/16

We are wanting a tent site for next weekend and did not know if we need to make reservation


From Marybel on 03/06/16

Hello.. is Black Mesa doing an aeaster Pageant this year. I used to go when i was smaller and would love to take my kids. And if so, would it be bttr to make reservation if we take tents?


From Jeff T on 03/05/16

Hello. I will be visiting around March 20. Two questions, is the campground staffed during the spring or is it self serve camping. Also, are the trout stocked this year and, if so, are they biting? Thanks


From owner on 03/03/16

Dave, the park would be somewhat centrally located between the two grassland units. The park does have campsites, both RV and tent. The area around the park is perfect for looking at the night sky. Information on the grasslands could best be found doing a web search. I know they are operated by the US Forest Service. Glad you are coming.


From davd alfonse on 03/03/16

touring from NJ and would like to explore the National Grasslands in your area. It appears that Black Mesa has good location to the grasslands. Any information you could give on Rita Blanca or Cimarron would be greatly appreciated. Am looking at arriving around the 15th of March and was wondering if setting up a campsite would be possible. Also looking to do some night astronomy and you seem to have great sky's at night. Am traveling solo. Thanks Dave Alfonse


From owner on 03/02/16

Good morning Jill, you will not have any problems getting a tent campsite for next week. Glad you are wanting to experience the peacefulness of mesa country and the relaxing atmosphere of the state park.


From Jill on 03/02/16

We're thinking of driving up March 7-10 from DFW for tent camping. We'd hate to drive all that way only to find no available camp sites. Are you anticipating being fully booked next week?


From owner on 02/22/16

Abigail, we rarely fill up all our RV sites so please feel comfortable in visiting. You can call the office (580/426-2222) a couple days before your arrival to inquire about occupancy to reassure yourself.


From Abigail on 02/20/16

How busy does it get during spring break? We would like to visit but are worried about being able to get an rv site.


From owner on 02/16/16

Ernie, if you will please call the park office at 580/426-2222 to arrange accommodations for your boy scout troop. We are always willing to work with service and youth groups. Glad you are thinking of coming for a visit.


From owner on 02/16/16

Good morning Lori, currently the state park is not under a burn ban but please be extra cautious when enjoying a campfire. At this time of year the grasses are quite dry.


From Ernie on 02/15/16

If we are trying to do a Boy Scout camp out, can we reserve a tent campsite?


From Lori on 02/15/16

Is Black Mesa State Park under a burn ban right now?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/19/16

Sam, your best bet is to give the park a call directly at 580-426-2222, and they'll be able to tell you more about camping and lighting conditions. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Sam on 01/15/16

I have been to the Okie-Tex star party in Kenton twice, and am wondering about camping in the spring at BMSF with my telescope. What is the outdoor lighting situation at the campground? Are there exterior lights visible at night? If so, do you have any suggestions for dark spots?


From owner on 01/11/16

Jeanne, you can set up your RV with no utilities in the tent camping areas of the park. Our maximum stay is 14 consecutive days. Drive safe!


From Jeanne on 01/09/16

We have a small 5th wheel, but are used to no hookups. Are there any somewhat isolated locations without hookups in which to camp? And what is the limit for days staying?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 12/29/15

Morgan, the nature preserve is around eight miles and the park is under two miles. If you have any questions, please call the park office at 580-426-2222. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From morgan on 12/24/15

How many miles of hiking trail are at the park?


From owner on 12/11/15

Mekenna, usually in early March the temperatures are cool especially in the evening. The park is open and you will not have any problems getting a campsite. See you in 2016.


From Mekenna on 12/09/15

What is the weather typically like there around March 12-20? Is there a lot of rain? And how much traffic does the park get around this time, as in, how busy will the campsites be?


From Gary Rotramel on 11/04/15

Spent four days there the last week of October. Love the area. Dino tracks near and over at Clayton State Park NM. Big open beautiful country. It was great.


From owner on 10/29/15

Stacy, you will not have any problem getting a campsite. Currently the park is not in a burn ban so you may have a campfire. Glad you are paying us a visit.


From stacy griggs on 10/27/15

We are planning on camping a few days this Thanksgiving week. I understand it is first come first serve. Will there likely be a problem getting a camping site? Also, are open camp fires allowed? Thank you


From owner on 10/26/15

Hi Kaitlyn. Our comfort stations have toilets, sinks and showers. They are heated in late fall and winter. Glad you are coming for a stay.


From owner on 10/26/15

Hello Gary, you will need to bring your own firewood as none is available at the park. Glad you are coming to tent camp, you will not have any problem getting a campsite. It will be chilly in the evenings.


From Kaitlyn howell on 10/22/15

What are the comfort stations like? Are they just restrooms?


From Gary on 10/22/15

Is camp fire wood available? Would like to get a tent site during the week for 2-3 days the last of October.


From Juanita on 10/22/15

Thank you. We shall continue with our plans then.


From owner on 10/22/15

Hi Juanita, yes you can get a good experience of the landscape just by driving into and through the park. The only sight you would miss by not hiking is the high point marker at the nature preserve.


From Juanita on 10/21/15

We have never been to Black Mesa and are thinking of a weekend trip. We are in our middle 70's and hiking, although we would love it, is out of the question. Can we see all these neat things any other way?


From owner on 10/19/15

Charles, that late in the year it will be quite chilly especially in the evenings. We do keep the campgrounds open and at least one comfort station heated. Glad you are thinking about coming.


From Scott on 10/18/15

Nice park and very well maintained. No cell service but there is wifi near the park office.


From Charles R Keeler on 10/18/15

I am planning a trip for the third week of December. How is the weather during that time of year?


From owner on 09/28/15

Ryan, long story short is a private lodging venture on private lands that never was entirely completed. Since construction, it has sold once. The building is only a facade. Glad you enjoyed the park and our staff.


From owner on 09/28/15

David, camping is available year round. At least one comfort station will remain open also. Hope to see you!


From Ryan Blackburn on 09/27/15

I recently was in the area and was wondering what the story was behind the old western looking town thats a new build but now a ghost town. As for the park itself I loved it. It was clean and people was very nice.


From David Vensel on 09/27/15

Is camping available year round?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/20/15

Charlie, they are in the same general area. Here are directions to the dinosaur tracks: Approximately 1 mile east of Kenton, take the blacktop road marked 'Black Mesa Nature Preserve' and go 5.2 miles north. Turn right on the dirt road just north of the bridge and follow until turn area. Walk down into creek bed. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Charlie McIntyre on 09/19/15

is the dinosaur tracks close by to observe?


From owner on 09/17/15

Good morning Zach, we always have tent sites available so you will not have any problems with your camping visit. Glad you are coming.


From Zach Hill on 09/16/15

Does the campground tend to get full on weekends around the okie-tex star party? I'm wanting to drive out and will risk it if there are generally a few open tent sites.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/03/15

Steve, we're sorry to hear that! While we don't accept reservations at Black Mesa State Park, you are welcome to call 580-426-2222 and check how full the campgrounds are before planning a trip. There are 36 RV sites with water and electric hookups and 23 tent sites. Several RV campsites are typically available every weekend. To see a list of state parks that do accept online reservations, please visit www.travelok.com/state_parks_rv_sites. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Steve Lehenbauer on 09/01/15

Bummer that they don't allow reservations for campers. Can't risk pulling a 5th wheel 5-6 hrs. just to get there and not have a spot.


From owner on 08/20/15

Hello Arthur. Once you rise out of the park on the north exit, you will be able to get away from most of the artifical light. Continuing further on the county road will enable you to get to a spot you feel meets your needs for stargazing. Glad you are coming.


From Arthur on 08/20/15

I am planning a stargazing trip with my children and Black Mesa is frequently mentioned in a number of forums. What is the best location in the area to set up a telescope based on local lighting?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/14/15

Trey, there are 36 RV sites with water and electric hookups and 23 tent sites. Several RV campsites are typically available every weekend. For more information, please call the park at 580-426-2222. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Trey on 08/12/15

We are planning on coming this weekend. We have never been there. We are just wondering if all the campsites are full and we are self contained, can we stay in one of the far parking lots?


From owner on 07/22/15

Good morning Joe. All of our campsites are first come first serve, but not to worry we usually have several RV campsites available even on weekends. Fees are self payable at the park office. Glad you are coming for a visit.


From Joe on 07/21/15

Coming Aug. 8. What are chances of getting electric for smal trailer.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/30/15

Corey, there are good populations of largemouth bass, flathead catfish, walleye and small mouth bass. In addition there is a trout season November 1 through April 30. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From corey on 06/29/15

How is the fishing? And whaytype of fish are in the lake?


From owner on 06/22/15

Janis, You should not have any problems with getting an electric and water RV campsite for one night. Glad you are coming.


From janis on 06/21/15

we are planning on coming to the park on july the 18. we have a pop-up would like to have water and electric.we will be there one night only. any chances of that happening? thanks


From Park Manager on 06/16/15

Rob, We usually have a few tent sites available on the weekends. As we have 15 tents sites in our main area, 3 sites in west canyon and 9 tent sites in our primitive area.


From Rob on 06/16/15

I would like to come and tent camp this weekend. I'm coming from Tulsa and will arrive Friday evening. What is my chance of actually getting a site? How fast do you think the available sites will fill on a friday? Thanks


From owner on 05/27/15

Candy, pets are allowed in both the park and the preserve but must be kept leashed. Glad you are coming for a visit.


From Candy on 05/26/15

I guess I should clarify, are pets allowed in the nature preserve part?


From Candy on 05/26/15

Are pets allowed on the hiking trails or just in the park in general?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/19/15

Amy, as of right this moment there are no burn bans in effect in Oklahoma, so you're welcome to light a fire in the provided areas within the park. However, before you do, please check www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information for the most up-to-date burn ban status. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Amy on 05/19/15

Hi, Are there any burn bans on the park right now, or can fires be built in the fire rings?


From owner on 05/07/15

Keeley, camping is only allowed in the state park portion. The preserve at Black Mesa is day use only. The cave you have referenced must be on private property as we do not have any in the state park. Glad you are interested in visiting us.


From Keeley on 05/07/15

Can you have tours that take you to see the cave and is it safe for kids and can you camp by the Black Mesa


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/20/15

Valerie, please give the staff at Black Mesa State Park a call at 580-426-2222, and they'll be able to tell you how full the park typically is. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/20/15

Jenna, to our knowledge all camping must be done within the designated sites, but it won't hurt to ask the staff at Black Mesa State Park. You can also notify them when you will be hiking and when you will return. Feel free to stop by the park office or call 580-426-2222 for more information. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Valerie Shields on 04/19/15

We would love to bring our motor home and do some camping, but noticed you only have 36 sites. Are these sites usually full? Would hate to drive all the way from Spearman, Tx and not be able to get a site.


From Jenna on 04/14/15

I plan to come down in about a month and I was so wondering if y'all allow camping anywhere on the ground ds or if I have to camp at one of the designated camp sites. I would also like to hike and site see by myself instead of with a group. Is that permitted? Thanks so much!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/01/15

Paula, sorry but there are no horseback riding trails or equestrian camps at Black Mesa State Park. However, you may want to check with the Hoot Owl Ranch or Hitching Post B&B, both of which are also in Kenton. Those properties allow horseback riding, but we're unsure about camping. You can get more information on them by searching 'Lodging within 15 miles' under the map feature on this page. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Paula Ziegelgruber on 04/01/15

Was curious if you allow horses on the trails and are you allowed to camp with horses using trailers. Or a ranch nearby that allows this. Thank you. Paula from Guthrie, okla.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/30/15

Wade, thank you for asking. In order to preserve the park's natural resources, we ask that visitors do not collect or disturb any of the animals, plants, trees, rocks, etc, within the park. Please feel free to call the park office at 580-426-2222 for more information. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Wade on 03/30/15

is collecting rocks permitted? Basalt rock is the best rock for sweat ceremony.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/23/15

M. Casey, yes! Fires are allowed at Black Mesa State Park as long as there is no burn ban in effect. Many of the tent campsites have firerings but not all. However, all campsites have at least an upright grill. Before your trip, please check the current burn bans at www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From M. Casey on 03/20/15

Are fires allowed in the black mesa state park? Like small fire pits?


From Paul Olney on 02/25/15

In the 50's I lived at Straight OK and in grade school we made trips to Black Mesa and as Boy scouts we went several times. We always found arrow heads and had a great time hiking and climbing the Mesa. There was a ranch there that had a fence in front of the house made out of corn meal making rocks. I wonder if it is still there?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 02/05/15

Susie, we're sorry you're having trouble locating the prices for camping at Oklahoma's state parks. Just above this comment box is a tab that says 'pricing.' At all Oklahoma State Parks the base rate for a primitive site with no hookups is $12 per night. For a semi-modern site, which includes electric and water, the rate ranges from $20-$25 per night. If you’d like a modern site, which includes electric, sewer and water, the rate ranges from $23-$25 per night. Some parks offer premium sites, like those at water’s edge, for an additional $5 fee per night. Please keep in mind that not all state parks, including Black Mesa, have sewer hookups. If you have any questions, please call the park office at 580-426-2222. Happy camping and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Susie Smeal on 02/04/15

I wish you would put on the site the price for camping. I would love to go here but without that bit of information I will pass camping in Oklahoma as I have to budget and don't wish to waste my time calling each place find out the camping prices.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/27/15

Richard, sorry, but there are no horse trails at Black Mesa. However, there are hiking trails and overnight tent and RV campsites. For more information, please call 580-426-2222. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Richard Moss on 01/27/15

does this camp have horse trails and overnight camping.


From Arlene W on 01/18/15

Black Mesa just has a draw for me, theres just something about it, all the history, the life of the people in that area, the amazing views. Am a photographer and have taken many photos in that area....


From V. Modeland on 12/03/14

While I've only enjoyed a few stays at the park, I always leave planning in my mind for the next. Thank you for maintaining and keeping open this awesome and educational place in time as well as piece of Oklahoma that is like no other.


From belinda on 11/04/14

I spent a week camping at Black Mesa many years ago and it is still one of the best times and memory I have of my youth. Thank you for creating such a wonderful family destination


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/19/14

Judson, we've just received the state park winterization notices and wanted to let you know that all park facilities (including restrooms) at Black Mesa State Park will remain open this winter. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From judson davis on 10/06/14

No bathrooms open during winter months. Guess they expect you to go on the ground when trout fishing during winter months. Camp host get to park trailer all summer long but is never there guess it free camping for him. They state needs to have a ranger living on site full time. Contacted the state about above but no reply guess i need to ask the governor to find out.


From Tony W on 03/23/14

Saw lots of wildlife. The view from the top was worth the climb. RV camp was set by the stream and lake.


From Richard C on 11/22/13

I had always been curious about this part of the country and it surpassed my expectations. This is a great park to spend some time in. It's remote but worth making the effort. The road 325 crosses into NM and becomes NM456. It's a wonderful drive to take to Raton.


From Shery Rogers on 06/29/13

I love Black Mesa State Park for the remoteness of it. It's just a nice place to leave the rest of the world behind. The wildlife is great too. Don't ever close this state park!


From Steve Davis on 05/14/13

I'm not too worried if six of your photos are duplicates, but it seems like you fixed it anyways! I wonder what other useless criticisms David can come up with now. I love TravelOK.com and you do a wonderful job keeping up with all of the great destinations Oklahoma has to offer. Here's hoping David March can remove the stick from his butt and log off the internet long enough to actually visit some of Oklahoma's great resources.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/11/13

David, we're sorry to hear about your negative duplicate photo experience on our site. We've passed along your thoughts to the appropriate division. We love it when tourists send pictures our way, so please feel free to share when you visit Black Mesa State Park! Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From David March on 04/11/13

I may not have been to your park, but clearly have been to your website, which would have been a far better experience had there actually been 63 pictures available via the link above. There are only 57 or so, given the duplicates. I hope this does not reflect on other aspects of park administration.


From Matt Engel on 02/27/13

I go to Black Mesa at least 4 to 5 times a year. Last time was December and the lake was the highest I've seen it. Id say about 50-100 yes from group camp. I have a ton of pictures and I plan to work on an Oklahoma Wildlife Documentary this spring starting up there. If anybody loves the area as much as I do, and is interested in helping or just going to camp. Let me know. As for the Photos you can see a select few at www.mengelmedia.blogspot.com click on wildlife gallery


From Wes the Carpathian on 01/23/13

Tent camped many times. This is a very scenic part of the state with breathtaking views. If you have not been this should be at the top of your parks to go to list. If you're lucky enough to see it rain expect active wildlife during and shortly after the rain. Not at all a fisherman's paradise, but there is great sightseeing which the ranger can direct you to. Plus it's close to dinosaur tracks! How cool is that?


From Ryan on 11/26/12

Love love love this place! The preserve is several miles away from the state park. The park is so quiet and we've gone several times around Thanksgiving to camp and there's been only one or two others and us. If I could move out there I would! Clean park and restrooms as well. Definitely you should go here if you get the chance.


From HDSundowner on 05/14/12

Rode through on the 5-STATE MOTORCYCLE RUN and it was so beautiful and the Lake ranger was so kind and helpful.The Black Mesa is so cool. HD


From Kyle on 03/29/12

I go to Black Mesa every chance I get! I absolutely love this place.


From Ron Lofton on 09/29/11

The showers were a complete disaster, need to fix, or just tear down and do without


From Basset Hound on 07/31/11

Our family just returned from there yesterday. The park was remote, and out of the way, but the campground was beautiful, and the surrounding scenery was lovely. The hiking trails were fun. We saw lots of mule deer.


From man of teeleeness on 10/08/10

i like the black mesa


From Bobby on 05/19/10

Old West landscape, Santa Fe Trail, petrified trees, dinosaur tracks, seldom seen area, off the beaten path, and in general - fantastic. It may be a long drive, but it is a trip to remember. Good RV sites, shade trees, old but clean bath rooms with good showers.


From Bailey on 04/13/10

cool place to be trust me


From sami nguyen on 04/07/10

I went there for fall break...It's AMAZING!!! If you haven't been there already you gotta' go! Black lava-rock EVERYWHERE!!! And the sites on the trail and on top are totally -once again- AMAZING!!! Beautiful scenery at the top.


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