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3 Places to Explore in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

3 Things to do at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

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Our family took a Spring Break road trip in our own state and went to the Oklahoma City area. I’ve mentioned this before: we are spontaneous travelers and always looking for adventure. Ok, I’m really trying to avoid mentioning a fact about this trip and how my lack of planning made me miss something but opened up another adventure which we hadn’t planned either. Meers, Oklahoma is supposed to be home to the best hamburger in Oklahoma. We wouldn’t know this because we visited the ONE day of the week that they are closed.

We woke at that morning after a fabulous nights sleep at The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City, grabbed our car, typed Meers, OK in the GPS and set off for the day. We arrived an hour and a half later, just in time for lunch, take my advice, don’t do this on a Tuesday. Since we were already in the area, we decided to check out the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge and in doing so, experienced one of my better mess ups in a long time.

3 Places to Explore in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

1. The Refuge

You can drive your car through this almost 60,000-acre refuge that was established 1901 to protect more than 50 mammals, 240 bird species, 64 different kinds of reptiles, 36 varieties of fish, more than 800 different types of plants and at least 900,405 prairie dogs. Ok, one of those figures is not correct, and if you guessed prairie dogs, you were right. However, I was amazed at the vast numbers of them as we traveled through.

2. Quanah Parker Nature and Visitor Center

The Quanah Parker Nature and Visitor Center is on site and features hands-on exhibits on the wildlife and habitats of the Wichita Mountains, artwork, short educational movies, and a gift shop.

3. Mount Scott

Mount Scott is located on the eastern edge of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and is the second tallest mountain in the state of Oklahoma. You can travel by car up a three-mile winding paved road to the top which is 2,464 feet above sea level.

When you arrive at the peak, park your car, get outside, enjoy the beautiful views, and climb on the rocks. Plan ahead and bring a picnic. You will definitely want to capture some amazing photos from this location. Tip: While we chose to drive, please note that you can also hike to the top. The roads can be narrow, so watch out for the pedestrians.

Sometimes, my family appreciates my whimsical and spontaneous lack of planning, and fortunately, this was one of them.

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3 Places to Explore in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

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Marti resides in rural northeastern Oklahoma where she works with corporate, association, and government clients as a meeting planner. She enjoys traveling, whenever possible, with her husband,…

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