Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department

News Release

August 23, 2010




Contact:  Austin Tackett

Phone:   405-230-8413

Email:  Austin@TravelOK.com


State Parks Say “Thanks” With 25% Discount


Oklahoma State Parks are kicking off a special promotion to say “thank you” to U.S. troops both past and present. Now through February 28, 2011, active or retired military, as well as veterans are eligible for a 25 percent discount off of lodge rooms and cabin stays at any Oklahoma state park.


This discount is valid any day of the week, including weekends, based on availability and is redeemable at all five state park lodges, plus more than 300 newly renovated cabins statewide.


“This is a small way we can say thank you and show our support of the men, women and their families who give so much to our country,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “We hope it provides an opportunity for well-deserved rest and relaxation to people who give us all so much.  At the same time, we hope they can create some wonderful, lifelong memories at our state parks.”


To take advantage of the special discount, travelers can book a lodge or cabin stay by calling 800-654-8240 or make reservations online at www.TravelOK.com/state_parks and enter code: UUSA in the promotional code box on the state park’s booking website. Participants will be asked to show a valid military ID or proof of service upon check-in. The discount cannot be combined with any other offers and does not apply to group blocks, camping, food or golf fees.


Since the promotion runs between now and February 28, 2011, there is plenty of time to take in the late summer, fall or winter activities and natural beauty of the state park system. Fall foliage viewing season typically runs from late October to early November depending on weather conditions, while many rivers and lakes stay stocked with fish year-round.


Pack up the fishing gear, do some bird watching, or just sit back and relax at parks such as Robbers Cave, Great Salt Plains, and Greenleaf among others. Dust off the hiking boots, air up the bicycle tires and prepare to hit the trails in a state park, or better yet pack a picnic lunch and grab your tackle box and fishing pole for a relaxing day of trout fishing at Roman Nose State Park near Watonga and Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow.


Many parks have nature centers with programs and events year-round. Naturalists and biologists are also on-site ready to provide trail or wildlife information and lead educational programs for all ages. In addition, all state park cabins have recently undergone renovations including new eco-friendly furnishings, along with many other updates that will improve guests’ experiences throughout the parks.


The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) is working to advance the exceptional quality of life in Oklahoma by preserving, maintaining, and promoting our natural assets and cultural richness. The department is the steward of the state park system and also promotes Oklahoma as a travel destination through many award-winning programs. To learn more about Oklahoma’s unique events and attractions, please visit www.TravelOK.com or follow us at Facebook.com/TravelOK and Twitter.com/OklahomaTourism.