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By Austin Tackett
The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department recently celebrated the official unveiling of the reconstructed lodge at Roman Nose State Park.
The 22-room lodge, originally constructed in 1956, has been renovated to incorporate the natural landscape of the area, the park’s history, and modern conveniences that travelers to Oklahoma have come to expect. The reconstruction emphasizes the lodge’s original mid-century design, while beautifully updating the look to today’s standards.
The lodge also houses a restaurant, meeting spaces, patio areas, and a swimming pool complete with attractive lounge space that sure to be quite popular in the summer months.
The facility’s canyon setting provides sweeping vistas and a wide array of recreational opportunities, all of which inspired the thoughtful design and décor of the new lodge.
Roman Nose State Park has been iconic within our state park system for decades. In the late 1800’s and before, the area now known as Roman Nose State Park was a winter campground of the Cheyenne tribe. Today it is named in honor of Chief Henry Caruthers Roman Nose, who –with his family – lived in the canyon from 1887 until his death in 1917.
The state also recognized the area’s potential for recreation and in 1937 officially opened Roman Nose State Park as one of Oklahoma’s first seven state parks. The original park included structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, many of which are still in use today. An historic and once spring-fed rock swimming pool, picnic pavilions and trail markings remain open for visitors to enjoy.
Roman Nose State Park is also home to a new ADA accessible shoreline cabin which is ideal for those with special needs, but still want to enjoy a peaceful stay amongst the scenic back drop of Roman Nose State Park. Wheelchair accessible hiking trails are also located at the park.
Roman Nose also plays host to a beautiful 18-hole, par 70 golf course which offers sloping bent grass greens, Bermuda grass tees and fairways, natural hazards, lake views, canyon walls and mesas. In addition you’ll find facilities that include a putting green and pro shop with cart and club rentals, snacks and drinks.
Winter activities inside the park also include camping, trout fishing, picnicking and a network of hiking and biking trails. The amount of recreation opportunities, and top-notch facilities make Roman Nose the perfect destination.
For more information on Oklahoma State Parks, order a free copy of the Oklahoma Outdoor Recreation Guide at www.TravelOK.com or by calling 1-800-652-6552.