Food, Cooking, Picnic, Tailgate, & Backyard Recipes plus more...
Discover the Perfect Food, Picnic, Tailgate, Backyard Recipes and more...
Custom Search

Grocery Shopping Tips | Picnic Menus | Picnic Tips

Home >> BEST Places to Picnic >> Oklahoma >> OK State Parks

 Picnic Menu Ideas & Planning
Picnic Menu Ideas & Planning

1000s of great recipes and picnic menu ideas

Recipes
Appetizer/Snack
BarBQ-Grilling
Beverages
Bread
Breakfast
Casserole
Cheese
Chili Bowl
Cowboy
Desserts
Eggs
Lunch
Main Dish
Pasta
Penn Dutch
Pot Pies
Salads
Salsa
Sandwiches
Slow Cooker
Soups-Stews
Veggies-Side Dish
 

 

Black Mesa State Park

County Road 325Black Mesa State Park
Kenton, OK 73946
Phone: 580-426-2222

  • Located 28 miles NW of Boise City on Hwy 325.

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. Approximately 30 RV sites with water and electric hookups and 20 tent sites are available on a first come, first serve basis at Black Mesa State Park.

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 RV campgrounds, tent campsites, picnic facilities, boat ramps, trout fishing in season, a playground, restrooms with showers and a group camp with bunkhouses.

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. 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

Amenities

  • Facility Amenities: Campsites, Elec. 30 Amp, Grills, Picnic Area, Playground, Restrooms, Showers, Site WiFi

  • On-site Activities: Hiking, Watchable Wildlife

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

More Picnic Sites

 
 


Powered by ... All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.
E-mail | AlansKitchen Privacy Policy | Thank you

Contact Us | About Us | Site Map