Hot showers, easy access to the Mesa.
Black Mesa State Park in the panhandle of Oklahoma. Farthest point you can go in the panhandle and it borders Colorado and New Mexico. It’s the only part of Oklahoma that’s on Mountain Time.
The park was great. We stayed in a tent but also had a trailer that we carried everything in so we were able to stay in a RV spot. We went in the summer and it was not crowded at all. Most others stayed a night or two, but we stayed 4 or 5 days. By the weekend more people were coming in. There was electric and water at our site but I don’t remember if they had sewage hookups as we didn’t use that. There are restrooms on site. The showers could have used a real good scrubbing but were usable. The park ranger maintained the grounds well. The views are gorgeous and if you get up during the night to see them, the stars you can see out there are amazing!! There are some trails to hike around the camp and even some fossilized wood. There is a lake right there too and at least one lookout spot over it which was perfect at sunset. We hiked Black Mesa and took a trip into New Mexico to see Mount Capulin Volcano. The park was peaceful and beautiful. Not a lot of shade trees but there were some areas in the campground that had some. A great experience. We definitely want to go back.
Well maintained sites. Helpful staff. Spaces limited
Nice, quiet campground with good facilities! Short drive to the actual trailhead of the highest point in Oklahoma. Also, dinosaur tracks! I had zero cell service in the area, which was fantastic, but be sure to plan for it! Plan for heat and take plenty of water if you go on the High Point hike.
Rolling hills and cliffs, mostly shrubs. Nice easy hiking trails and lots of wildlife, perfect place for all the dino-loving kiddos in your life. Was pretty empty when we were here in May, it’s isolated in a great way. Lovely sunsets. Pretty windy, make sure you have a decent tent (not a $30 dome tent). State park so the facilities were basic and pretty clean like I expected.
I came here with my cousins and definitely underestimated the heat. I would have brought a tarp shelter because the sun is brutal and kept beating down. I recommend bringing frozen water instead of just water because the water does become warm after a while and is hard to drink. The campsites here are first come first serve. There is hikes but not much to see as the ground is mostly flat. T Here are some plants here that you cant see anywhere else.
As Oklahoma's highest point of elevation, Black Mesa is a bucket list destination for any Okie. Well maintained campgrounds, restrooms, and amenities. Very little light pollution, so the starscapes are always beautiful. Campsites are located outside of the actual 'Black Mesa', but a short drive will get you to the trailhead. Trail is simple and easy to follow. Near the trail head is also 3-corners, and fossilized dinosaur footprints. Definitely worth a visit.