(WATONGA, OK) – Today the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department celebrated the official opening of the reconstructed lodge at Roman Nose State Park. Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins and the Oklahoma Tourism Commission were on hand for the ribbon cutting.


“Roman Nose State Park has a legacy of welcoming visitors from all across the country,” Askins said. “The renovated lodge will serve as a tremendous attraction for Western Oklahoma.”


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.


“Roman Nose State Park is iconic within our state park system, perfectly representing Oklahoma’s natural beauty, as well as its rich history,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “The reopening of this beautiful lodge is a major accomplishment for our department, and helps to solidify Roman Nose’s legacy as a caliber destination for many years to come.” 


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 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. In 1999, the state’s only canyon-style golf course was expanded to 18 holes by designer Tripp Davis.


            Activities inside the park include camping, fishing, swimming, cottage rentals, riding stables, miniature golf, paddle boats, golf, picnicking and a network of hiking and biking trails.


For more information about Roman Nose State Park, or to book reservations online, visit www.TravelOK.com.


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 or Twitter.com/OklahomaTourism.



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