Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge & Visitor's Center

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge & Visitor's Center 20539 State Hwy 115
Hwy 115 & 49 Junction
Lawton, OK 73505

Phone: 580-429-3222   580-429-2197
Description

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a one-of-a-kind destination in southwest Oklahoma. Located near Cache and Lawton, the refuge spans over 59,000 majestic acres and is home to free range buffalo, Texas longhorn cattle, prairie dogs, elk and deer. Hikers and photographers will be astounded by the amount of incredible scenery offered within the refuge.

Recreation opportunities include mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, camping, picnic areas and fishing. The on-site Quanah Parker Nature and Visitor Center features exhibits on wildlife and habitats of the Wichita Mountains, as well as interactive and changing displays, artwork, videos, films and a bookstore. Periodically throughout the year, guests can schedule nature and wildlife tours that depart from the headquarters office either by foot, on bus or a combination of both.

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a one-of-a-kind destination in southwest Oklahoma. Located near Cache and Lawton, the refuge spans over 59,000 majestic acres and is home to free range buffalo, Texas longhorn cattle, prairie dogs, elk and deer. Hikers and photographers will be astounded by the amount of incredible scenery offered within the refuge.

Recreation opportunities include mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, camping, picnic areas and fishing. The on-site Quanah Parker Nature and Visitor Center features exhibits on wildlife and habitats of the Wichita Mountains, as well as interactive and changing displays, artwork, videos, films and a bookstore. Periodically throughout the year, guests can schedule nature and wildlife tours that depart from the headquarters office either by foot, on bus or a combination of both.

Skilled hikers will enjoy the challenge of bouldering at Charons Garden Wilderness Area, which consists of just over two miles of rocky, rugged landscape, and there are a variety of trails for all experience levels. While visiting the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, drive to the top of Mount Scott, which stands 2,464 feet above sea level. A parking lot is available at the top of the mountain, so you can get out and enjoy the view.

Additional attractions located within the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge include the Holy City of the Wichitas, Quanah Parker Lake and the Parallel Forest. The Parallel Forest, which consists of large cedars planted exactly six feet apart from one another, stretches as far as the eye can see. Located just over one mile north of the intersection of Cache Meers Road and Meers Road, the entrance to the Parallel Forest has a small parking lot near the edge of the forest. The trees were originally planted in the early 1900s, but before they were large enough to harvest the area became a refuge.

The Forty-Foot Hole is another interesting and beautiful geographic feature of the Wichita Mountains. Near Lost Lake, Cache Creek flows through this small gorge creating several waterfalls as it tumbles over rock formations. It is located at the northwest end of the Narrows Canyon and is a great spot for hiking in the summer months.

Overnight camping within the refuge is available at the Doris Campground, which offers 47 tent sites, 23 RV sites with electric hookups and 20 sites located a short walking distance away along a trail. Backcountry camping is also available within the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area.

Property Map
Get Directions
Sorry, but we couldn't locate any properties
Amenities
Hours
Pricing
Directions
Contact Information
  • Facility Amenities: Campsites, Gift Shop, Pets Allowed, Picnic Area, Restrooms

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Bus/Motorcoach Parking

  • On-site Activities: Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing/Rappelling, Watchable Wildlife

  • Suitable for Ages: Adults (18+), Children (up to 12), Teens (13-18)

Day

Open

Close

Sunday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Monday

8:00 am

6:00 am

Tuesday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Friday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Saturday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Open during all holidays in the spring, summer and fall; Refuge open daily dawn to dusk.
Front Desk hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

Camping at Doris Campground:

Sites with electric: $20

Primitive sites (no water or electric): $10

Park & walk to primitive sites: $8

Backcountry camping at Charons Garden Wilderness Area available by advance reservation only. The permit costs $2 per person.

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

Located 25 miles NW of Lawton. From I-44 take Hwy 49 (exit 45). Go W 10 miles to the Refuge gate. If coming from Hwy 62, take Hwy 115 (Cache exit) N to the Refuge gate. Continue N 2 miles to the E 1/4 mile. The Refuge Headquarters is located 6 miles W of the Visitor Center.

Primary Contact:

Ralph Bryant




  • your name:

  • your email address:

  • friend's name:

  • friend's email address:

  • comment:

  • send

71 comments

Rate this property:

  • name:
  • email address:
  • comment:
From Doug on 08/30/15

We plan to travel down from Tulsa in the afternoon on Friday for labor day weekend. How crowded is the campground on these long weekends? How quickly does it fill up?


From Samantha Beckham on 08/28/15

My family and I were there a few months ago and I took a picture of one of the buffalos on my cell phone. I've edited it some, but I think it would make a great poster to sell at the gift shop. I'm not sure how to go about doing that. Can you please point me in the right direction


From Debbie on 08/19/15

A friend of mine took my children and I and I was amazed by the beauty of this land and the wildlife. My three children was totally quiet and equally amazed. I didn't want to leave.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/03/15

Isis, your best bet is to contact the refuge office by calling 580-429-3222. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Isis on 07/03/15

can we get there tomorrow for camping ?cuz here on the city is raining. all night long we don't sure the camping area is open


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/02/15

Suzy, for that information your best bet is to contact the refuge office by calling 580-429-3222. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Suzy on 07/02/15

How do I find out about organized tours at the refuge? I know there used to be star watches, wild flower hikes, and a historical bus tour.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/17/15

Khristi, please click the orange website button at the top of this page, then select Visit - Visitor Activities - Camping to learn more about the campgrounds available. Individual sites at the Doris Campground are open on a first come, first serve basis only. For more information, please call the visitor center at 580-429-3222. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Khristi Jones on 06/16/15

My dad is in the winter of life...requested to fish once more. I have an RV...36 ft travel trailer. We'd like to come in the fall when cool. I'd like close to showers and bath. Can you help me? Thank you!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/03/15

Tonya, to reach the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, please call the visitor center at 580-429-3222. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Tonya Jordan on 04/03/15

Could you please contact me regarding a possible field trip for three second grade classes. We would like to come on May 5th if possible.We have about 24 students in each class.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/01/15

Anya, as of right now there are no burn bans in effect in Oklahoma. However, before you light a fire, please check this website - www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Anya Leiby on 04/01/15

What is the risk of fire danger for this week/weekend? April1, 2015


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/30/15

Tiago, the animals roam throughout the refuge, so it's impossible to know where they'll be. However, we've never heard of anyone who visited and didn't see a buffalo! Be sure to stop by the visitors center to grab a map and learn more information about the area. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Tiago on 03/30/15

Hello, We want to go there next weekend to see the Buffalos. Where can we find them? is it possible to know where they are?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/26/15

Ashlynn, sorry, we don't know the policy for having a wedding at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Please contact the office there by calling 580-429-3222 or by emailing wichitamountains@fws.gov. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Ashlynn Wooten on 03/25/15

Hello! I am getting married in October and I am looking for a pretty outdoor location. I was wondering if it would be legal to have a 10 minute ceremony someplace nice in the refuge with about 15 people? Any info would be great! Thanks a lot!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/23/15

Monica, there are two camping options for individuals. First, you can bring a tent and set up at the Doris Campground. Camp Doris, near Quanah Parker Lake, is a modern campground with 90 individual sites. All sites are available on a first come, first serve basis. Another option is backcountry camping at Charon's Garden Wilderness Area. However, to camp at Charon's Garden, you need to have a permit. Permits are issued on a first come, first serve basis for a maximum of three days. Friday, Saturday, Sunday -or- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. No permits are issued for Thursday. A total of 10 permits can be issued for any time period. Reservations are taken up to three months in advance. For more information on either of these options, please call the visitor center at 580-429-3222. Happy camping and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Monica staggs on 03/21/15

Me and my bestfriend want to just bring a tent for a night and go camping. Bring our own stuff and all that , how would that work ?


From Woody on 03/05/15

Love the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Love seeing the animals, hiking. I am a Friend of the Wichita's and volunteer at the Refuge, when I can. Love going there.


From Vic Bell on 03/05/15

Heaven on earth to me! I volunteered many hours there when I lived in Midwest City then worked on the Black-capped Vireo Research Project in the early 90's. Many Sunday afternoons, I would be the only person in the 30,000 acre closed to the public area. The birding there where east meets west is fantastic and the elk rut in the fall is awesome. Many times I camped in the Charon Gardens Wilderness Area and had elk bugling all night long and walking through my camp.


From H. Williams on 03/05/15

love this place, been there several times and it is so serene and beautiful, love medicine park with the cottages, great place to visit in Oklahoma enjoying the scenery!!


From Brenda Belflower on 03/05/15

From that area most beautiful & peaceful


From Mark Norman on 03/04/15

We lived five minutes from this beautiful place for over 20 years. Just minutes from Lawton. You must see this place. Nothing like it in Oklahoma. Mountains over 10 million years old.


From Willard edge on 03/04/15

The wildlife & the mountains are beautiful, great hiking and filled with memorable times.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 02/23/15

Jennifer, we're not sure if you're interested in rappelling with your own gear or if you're looking to try rappelling for the first time. If you'll call 580-429-3222, the staff there will be able to give you more information on both! Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Jennifer on 02/21/15

What kind of rapelling is availabl?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 02/16/15

Keith, dogs are allowed throughout the refuge as long as they are kept on a leash at all times. If you have any questions, please call the refuge office at 580-429-3222. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Keith on 02/13/15

Can you camp with your dog?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/05/15

Daniel, yes! Guide for a Day offers rock climbing instruction within the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. For more information, please click the 'Guide for a Day' link under 'Related Listings' at the top right of this page. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Daniel on 01/04/15

I'm looking to get back into repelling and rock climbing and I'm a little rusty on my knots and need a brush up on general safety protocol. Is there anyone that teaches that?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/02/15

Mark, if you're looking to camp in the Doris Campground, all 70 sites are available on a first come, first serve basis. If you want to backcountry camp within the Charon's Garden Wilderness Area, you will need a permit. For permit information and reservations, please call 580-429-3222. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From mark on 01/01/15

Do we need to make reservations for this weekend?


From Karen Hignite on 01/01/15

The Cedars are special and if you visit them honor and respect them. My dad helped plant them and we have been there numerous times and will continue going showing our new members of the family and friends with the history of the cedars. Also the Holy City, Mt Scott, Mears, etc., several nice cafés, and eating places, so many places to see, and the buffalo, longhorn cattle, prairie dogs, and so much more. Be sure and watch for all the round cannon ball looking rocks. Just Beautiful Make this a part of your to go list. You won't be disappointed.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 12/30/14

Carmen, there is no charge to visit and photograph the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. We hope you'll be able to visit soon! Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Carmen. Pearson on 12/27/14

Thinking of coming to visit and do some phtography. What are the charges for me to do this if allowed? Thank You!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/07/14

Kathy, overnight camping within the refuge is available at the Doris Campground, which offers 47 tent sites, 23 RV sites with electric hookups and 20 sites located a short walking distance away along a trail. Backcountry camping is also available within the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area. To see additional campgrounds, please select 'Campgrounds within 10 miles' under the map feature on this page. For more information, please call 580-429-3222. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOk.com!


From Kathy on 10/07/14

Is there RV camping there or close by?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/15/14

Kay, according to www.travelok.com/weather, the weather for Lawton this weekend is a high of 100, low of 71 with a slight chance of thunderstorms on both days. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From Kay Green on 08/14/14

What is the weather like this weekend temp wise?


From Stacey on 08/12/14

This is our family's favorite camping/hiking spot in the whole State. I have been visiting this area for 20 years now and still take 4-5 trips each year. Slowly our yearly camping trip turned into annual Spring and Fall camping trips because all the family I have dragged down there have all come to look forward to a weekend in the mountains to reboot. The hiking is amazing, you could 50 times and not have to hike the same spot twice. The kids have found their own trails out of the campgrounds and have also come to have their own favorite spots out on the Refuge. The trails range from easy to very difficult. Recently, Medicine Park has been built up and has a number of cabins for rent, as well as, The Plantation Inn. One thing I always stress to new visitors is please, please be aware that as beautiful as the Refuge is, it is also Nature and that includes snakes. In this area there are Copperheads and Rattlesnakes. I have seen both while hiking and have known people that have been bitten on trails and also at the campgrounds. Just be aware they are there and the times of years when they are out and about. Personally, I would never camp in the hot months of the summer but there are ways to camp and still avoid the critters that could ruin a good trip.


From Jill on 08/09/14

We love the Witchita Mts! I was trying to find info on the old homesites along the road. One had its roof burned off and maybe an old filling station? Were these in fact residences, ranger stations, or what?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/08/14

Elisabeth, there are two places at Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge that are open to public camping. Camp Doris, near Quanah Parker Lake, is a modern campground that provides 90 individual sites and three group sites for up to 30 people. Individual campsites at Doris Campground are on a first come, first serve basis and are not available for reservations. There are 47 sites without electricity for either tent or recreational vehicle campers at $10 per night. A total of 23 sites offer electricity only for either tent or recreational vehicle campers at $20 per night. If you're looking to park and then walk to your camping site, there are 20 sites that offer that for $8 each. There is also a designated portion of Charons Garden Wilderness Area that provides primitive, back country camping for a limited number of individuals by reservation. You must contact the park in advance and pay $2 per person to receive your permit. We are not sure how many days you can stay in the same spot, but the refuge staff will be able to answer that for you. Please call 580-429-3222. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Elisabeth Lawson on 07/08/14

how much is it to tent camp and how many days are you allowed to camp?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/14/14

Beckie, dogs are allowed on the trails and throughout the refuge, though they must be kept on a leash at all times. If you have any questions, please call the refuge office at 580-429-3222. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Beckie on 05/14/14

Are dogs allowed on the trails?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/12/14

Angel, nothing on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge's website says that you must catch and release, just that you must have an Oklahoma fishing license in order to fish on the refuge. If you have any additional questions about fishing, please call 580-429-3222. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From angel martinez on 05/11/14

Yes we like go fishing there but not for use if the fish we catch can be eatten or just for catch and release. Last time there we caught some crappie but didnt know if we could eat them. thank you


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/09/14

Denise, red granite cobblestones are unique to the Medicine Park area. When you visit, you'll notice many of the town's buildings and homes are made from these cobblestones. It is a very neat area! Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Denise Sellers on 05/08/14

what is the story about rocks that push themselves up out of the ground in Medicine Park, OK?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/05/14

Austin, sorry, we don't know the policy for having a wedding at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Please contact the office there by calling 580-429-3222 or by emailing wichitamountains@fws.gov. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Austin Wiggins on 05/03/14

Are there any spots for having a wedding or is it possible to have a wedding on mount Scott?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/15/14

Ann, for more information about campsites with pens, please contact the refuge and visitor’s center by calling 580-429-3222 or clicking the orange 'Email' button above to send a message. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Ann Wilson on 04/15/14

I have heard there are great campsites or hookups with pens for horseback riding there. Can you tell me where? Or how to get the info ? Thanks!!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/21/14

Michael, overnight camping within the refuge is available at the Doris Campground, which offers 47 tent sites, 23 RV sites with electric hookups and 20 sites located a short walking distance away along a trail. For more information on camping at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, please call 580-429-3222. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Michael Speer on 01/21/14

I am interested in camping with small children in the Wichita Mountains..any advice?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 12/04/13

Paul, if you'll use the drop down boxes under the map, you can select lodging within 15 miles. That should give you a good idea of where you can stay during your trip. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 12/04/13

Juscileide, please give the refuge a call at 580-429-3222, and they'll be able to advise you on the best places to hike during that time. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Paul Graham on 12/02/13

Where would we stay? My wife is past the camping out stage...needs a bed and hot shower.


From Juscileide Gomes on 12/02/13

Hi, I am planing to go there in december 17, weeding aniversary of 7 years. Is it a good time to visit the park and do some hiking or is it too cold and not so beautiful???


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/25/13

George, thanks for your question! It is completely free if you would like to explore the area on foot. If you would like a guided tour, you'll need to contact the refuge at 580-429-3222 to find out about dates and pricing. Have a great trip, and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From George on 11/24/13

Hey I was curious about pricing? How much for a tour on foot? Are you able to explore on your own?


From Joel on 11/13/13

I have camped out at Doris Campground a couple times now and am heading back for more in a week. Sorry you guys got messed around by Cruz and that shutdown fiasco. We booked out space this Fall later than we had planned for it, but its all good because we are troopers for cold weather. You all have one of the best parks in OK in my humble opinion, and your Park Ranger crew is tops, always friendly and helpful. Stay warm and we will be seeing you soon!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/02/13

Jane, according to a Facebook post by the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the refuge is currently closed to all public activities including but not limited to hiking, fishing, camping, driving up Mt. Scott, touring the visitor center and educational programs. Refuge roads will be open to through traffic only. Please try calling them back at 580-429-3222 after the government shutdown is over. Or, you can visit Great Plains State Park, located about 40 minutes west of the refuge. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Jane on 10/02/13

In the phone automatic response it said that campsites are given first come first served. If I need only one campsite and was coming up on Saturday, the 5th, what is the best time to arrive to guaranteed a spot?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/20/13

Vanessa, please give the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge a call at 580-429-3222, and they will be able to put you in touch with the right person. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Vanessa Burton on 09/20/13

This place looks beautiful from the pictures. Would not mind having my October 2014 wedding here. Who would I need to contact about cost of reserving an area?


From Ute sielka on 09/12/13

Wildlife is a wonderfull Place to go to.I am from Germany and every Time i come here I am happy to go there.


From Teresa Lowe on 08/05/13

My husband and I were married in the Holy City Chapel at the WM Wildlife Refuge 38 years ago. We went back and visited this weekend and were amazed at the beauty of the place all over again. The herds are bigger, there's a bunch more prairie dogs and they have added some stations of Christ to the Holy City. It also looked like they had increased the area of the Latownka Lake which was beautiful from the top of Mt. Scott. The refuge will always hold a special place in our hearts.


From M Patterson on 04/20/12

This is one of the most beautiful places that I have visited in oklahoma!!! a must see if ever there.


From T Parker on 07/24/10

This center is well done - take time to stop if you're in the area. I especially appreciated the interactive kids section that kept my 4-year-old son entertained. They have many things kids can touch and tinker with. I was surprised the center had a small theatre showing short films on the history of the area - that was very interesting to the adults in our group.


 
71
Get Social
Read Related Articles
The beauty of the Sans Bois Mountains is captured from an overlook at Robbers Cave State Park in Wilburton.  The park offers a lodge, historic cabins, camping, hiking, Lake Carlton with swim beach and canoe rentals, rock climbing, horseback riding, and a nature center.Oklahoma's Instagram Worthy Destinations

There’s no fancy equipment required to get a breathtaking shot of these gorgeous vacation hot spots across the state. All you need is your phone!

For a unique outdoor experience, try camping in one of the teepees that can be rented at Roman Nose State Park in Watonga.Unique and Quirky Places to Stay in Oklahoma

Enjoy the benefits of rest and relaxation with a healthy dash of humor and whimsy at one of these unique, out-of-the-box Oklahoma lodging properties.

An authentic stagecoach stands on the grounds of the Hitching Post Ranch in Kenton.  Guests can stay at the ranch and help with cattle round-ups, branding and ranch chores, or just relax and enjoy horseback riding and the outdoors.Oklahoma A to Z

Explore the great state of Oklahoma from A to Z by following our insider recommendations for attractions, destinations and things to do, conveniently organized in a handy alphabetical list that highlights the state’s popular treasures.

The spillway from Lake Bluestem creates wonderful cascades in Pawhuska.Oklahoma's Waterscapes, Falls & Cascades

We’ve got the scoop on where rivers turn to rapids, waterfalls plunge over cliffs and the sound of rushing water signals beauty.

Go kayaking on the Lower Mountain Fork River in Broken Bow.Oklahoma Outdoor Adventures

Whether you’re looking for an activity that will get your adrenaline pumping or simply seeking a quiet escape into nature, you’ll find it in Oklahoma. Check out these great adventure hot spots with ready-made trip ideas.

Brightly colored tulips create a cheery greeting for visitors to Muskogee's Honor Heights Park during the annual Azalea Festival each April.50 Ways to Celebrate Spring in Oklahoma

Spring brings fun festivals, outdoor activities and plenty of much-awaited sunshine. Gorgeous weather, delicious food and holiday celebrations are just a few of our 50 reasons to get out and about in Oklahoma this spring.

Grab your sweetheart and head for Oklahoma, where romance is always in the air.Winter Romance in Oklahoma

Nothing pulls you closer to your sweetheart than winter weather. Chilly temperatures and sweet flurries of snow overhead mean it’s the perfect season for cozy dinners in intimate restaurant booths and long fireside talks with a warm cup of cider in hand.

A dramatic sunset turns a Lake Eufaula cove into a dazzling waterscape.Oklahoma's Spectacular Sunset Spots

Whether enjoying dinner on a bustling patio overlooking the setting sun or soaking up the last few minutes of daylight on a serene shoreline, Oklahoma’s sunsets have the power to stop you in your tracks.

Several locations across Oklahoma offer the opportunity to see buffalo herds roaming wild.  A few of the top options include Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Pawhuska.Where the Buffalo Roam

Grab your binoculars and hit the road to get up close and personal with the noble American bison.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art features the world's tallest Dale Chihuly glass sculpture.Great Dates in the Sooner State

From the classic dinner-and-a-movie combo with a twist to unique adventures covering every region of the state, Oklahoma has countless ways to spend quality time with the one you love.

The Cypress Row campground at Greenleaf State Park in Braggs is a great place to RV camp.Excellent Places to RV in Oklahoma

Oklahoma offers many diverse camping options perfect for an RV or motorhome getaway.

Every twist and turn of the Talimena National Scenic Byway in southeastern Oklahoma offers travelers a new vantage point over miles and miles of forested ridges and valleys.48-Hour Fall Getaways in Oklahoma

Celebrate cooler temperatures with one of these three 48-hour getaways to Oklahoma’s top fall foliage hotspots.

Oklahoma camping trips build lasting family memories.  Get the whole family outdoors and enjoy Oklahoma's state parks, lakes, forests and outdoor recreation areas.Eight Great Places to Camp in Oklahoma

If you really want to reconnect with nature, there’s no better way than tent camping. We’ve rounded up a sampler of eight unique campgrounds in some of Oklahoma’s most popular outdoor recreation areas to inspire your next camping trip.

Robbers Cave State Park near Wilburton offers scenic campgrounds and family friendly outdoor activities.Camping in Oklahoma: The Complete Beginner's Guide

Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while building family memories that will last a lifetime. Discover why campgrounds in Oklahoma are so popular with this list of camping tips, how-tos, recipe ideas & much more.

The Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma rise from the prairie.Motorcycling in Western Oklahoma: Top Five Rides

Explore these top five routes for motorcycles in western and south-central Oklahoma and enjoy the freedom of Oklahoma’s bike-friendly highways.

Chill at one of Oklahoma's many water parks to stay cool during the hot summer months.  From wave pools to lazy rivers and wading pools for tiny tots, the whole family will find hours of fun.Seven Hot Ways To Have Cool Family Fun

Step away from the electronic devices and plug into the summer travel season with plenty of family fun vacation options around Oklahoma. Pick the type of retreat that interests your family and rest assured kids of all ages will enjoy these top family-friendly attractions.

Famous Apache warrior Geronimo and his family are buried at Fort Sill in Lawton where he spent the last several years of his life.  Visitors bring decorations and small gifts to this gravesite to honor Geronimo.Comanche County Genealogy Resources

Discover Comanche County and trace your family history and ancestry with this list of county-specific genealogy resources.

Rock climbing enthusiasts find a great challenge on the granite crags and many rock faces of the Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma.  Guide For a Day offers personalized rock climbing instruction in the Wichita Mountains for skill levels from beginner to advanced.Road Trip: Adrenaline Rush

Oklahoma is an outdoor paradise for adventure lovers of all stripes. With an invigorating and varied terrain and more than a million surface acres of water, you're bound to find a spot that's perfect for you.

The Mountain Fork River in Beavers Bend State Park offers incredible scenery like this area where the water cascades over the rocky river bottom.  Several canoe outfitters offer rentals and float trips on the Mountain Fork River.Ten Most Beautiful Places in Oklahoma

Explore these natural beauties and discover the diversity of Oklahoma's gorgeous scenery and inspirational places. Admire a beautiful waterfall, trek along a scenic byway overlooking forested hills or hike among ancient mountains - and that's just the beginning.

Lake Tenkiller State Park on an icy winter day.Winter Fun: Top Free Things to Do in Oklahoma

Point your compass toward Oklahoma and delight in a cornucopia of free winter activities suited for the whole family. Seize the opportunity to make this winter the most memorable one yet – without spending a dime!

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.Extreme Adventures in Oklahoma

Unleash your inner daredevil with these extreme adventures in Oklahoma.

A rugged Western landscape welcomes visitors to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.Southwest Sojourn: Road Trip to Meers and the Wichita Mountains

Barely an hour southwest of Oklahoma City is one of the state’s most distinctive landscapes. To me, the Wichita Mountains are the real Oklahoma.

The Museum of the Red River in Idabel displays the reconstructed skeleton of a dinosaur, Acrocanthosaurus atokensis, discovered only 12 miles from the museum.50 Free Things To Do in Oklahoma

Oklahoma offers an astounding array of free things to do that will keep you and your family entertained without breaking the bank. Take a tour of Oklahoma's top activities and attractions with free admission and let the possibilities unfold.

The quaint, Old West atmosphere of Meers Store & Restaurant draws visitors from far and wide to enjoy the famous longhorn burgers.A Way to the True West

Journey deep into the heart of southwest Oklahoma for an earthy mix of Oklahoma kitsch, American Indian and Western history and nature's pageantry.

The fourth-floor rotunda is the best place to view the Oklahoma State Capitol's dome with its brilliant reds, golds and blues set in a dazzling geometric design.Finding Authentic Oklahoma on I-44

When my family and I made the drive down Interstate 44, traveling from the northeast to the southwest corner of the state, we turned it into an adventure.

A little house on the Great Plains creates a picturesque prairie scene near Guymon.Oklahoma's Diverse Ecoregions

Oklahoma's 11 ecoregions provide an amazing variety of awe-inspiring landscapes to enjoy.

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.Spring Break Ideas

Don't wait until the kids start pestering you with questions - plan your Spring Break activities now.

A pair of young prairie dog pups cautiously survey their surroundings at the prairie dog village in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton.Oklahoma Animal Attractions and Sanctuaries

Fond of foxes? Looking for a lemur? Oklahoma's wildlife refuges, zoos and animal attractions are home to hundreds of species and offer unique experiences.

View southeastern Oklahoma's vibrant fall foliage with an autumn tour of the Talimena National Scenic Byway.Oklahoma's Scenic Byways

Find places to hit the road from the Talimena National Scenic Byway to Route 66.

A hiking trail runs alongside Lost Creek in Beavers Bend State Park.Hit the Trail - Expert-Level Trails

If you're looking for a hiking experience that requires more than a casual commitment on your part, try these three expert-level paths.

Take a dip in the blue water of Lake Murray and explore everything Lake Murray State Park has to offer.Out and About with the Kids

Oklahoma offers many outdoor adventures perfect for making new family memories.

Follow This Listing