new management of the park has lots of plans. cleaning this already great park, adding mountian bike trails to go along with the hiking trails. has a small fishing pond for kids, swimming pool open during summer months. when you drop down into this park you are in another world just beautiful and serene.
My dog, Ava, and I joined a group of fellow teardrop campers in a surprisingly unique and fascinating campground in Oklahoma. This campground, formally known as Red Rock Canyon State Park, has now become simply Red Rock Canyon Campground. The state park was slated for closure when a local family from the nearby town of Hinton negotiated to lease this lovely place from the state in order to keep this local gem open for both day use and camping.
WOW, what a great service they have done for camper travelers. After checking in at the friendly office, we found ourselves driving down a somewhat steep and winding road into the canyon. Now I'm pulling a 2300 pound teardrop, but plenty of big rigs have also made it down with no problems. The place really is enchanting. The tent sites are tucked right into the canyon walls, and full hook ups, while not tucked in are right inside the canyon as well. With kids in mind, there are many playgrounds as well as repelling and trails for adult types, but you must bring your own climbing equipment.
The one downside for me was the pay showers. It was 75 cents for a six minute shower, and change machines were right there, but hey, I want free showers.
We camped with friends, campsite was very roomy with plenty of space for the pups and kiddos. We even brought our own disc basket and had plenty of space to play. The grounds were clean, well kept, restrooms were clean. While the park is relatively small, it is very family friendly with a nice playground,swimming pool. There is a rock climbing area that looks to be a great place for beginners. Everything was walkable. Nice trails that people of all ages and abilities were using. I wish there had been another trail that was longer, I wouldn’t recommend for serious hikers. It’s just about an hour drive from OKC which means we will be back for another quick weekend getaway.
When driving down 40 everything seems so flat, then you turn into this state park and it unexpectedly takes your breath away as you begin to descend into the canyon and are surrounded by the bold red canyon walls.
I had no idea what to expect when I first entered the park and the more and more deep I drove into the canyon but I became more and more excited as I saw a trail jut off to the right, and a spring trickling down the hillside to the left. A pull off just before the tent campground with a view point of the waterway opened up to another point of interest.
Then there was the camping area, nestled in the cove of the canyon with climbing walls on both sides, large shade trees, picnic tables, fire rings and more access to hiking. Restrooms were well maintained and included pay showers separate from the restroom facilities themselves. Very fair pricing and views that simply would not stop!!
Just up the way a bit further were improved tent and RV sites with electricity, dump stations and less removed feeling. Pay stations were located in each of the camps and rangers circled to make sure you were ok pretty regularly.
- Make reservations if you are wanting an RV site during busy times of year or weekends.
- If you are a climber, there are plenty of walls, but you have to bring your own gear.
I stopped off to camp here after a long day on the road and was pleasantly surprised about the tent campground after driving through a packed, wall to wall RV camping area. The tent area is set quite a ways from the RV area, so there are no concerns about generator noise or overcrowding. While you generally can see most of the campsites from your site, they are pretty well spaced apart and some have nice underbrush between them for privacy. I ended up in a very large site under the red rock wall in an area that is open for rappelling and climbing, but as it was late in the afternoon, I did not have any visitors except some kids who wanted to climb. My site did not have any really good trees for hammocks, but a walk around the loop and visit with neighboring campers showed that some had good trees for hammocks and some did not. I was a short walk to the bathhouse, which was very clean with pay showers on one side and toilets on the other. Just outside the camping area was a neat pond and spillway, a great place for a picnic for day visitors.
Gorgeous. They have showers and plenty of camping spots.
This was a perfect place to stay outside of OKC, there was a ranger station with super useful maps and info that you can access even when it’s not open. There were bathrooms and showers that were pretty nice for a park. There were a lot of spots as well as grills and picnic tables. They even had a handicap accessible camping spot.
Have been going here for years. Family loves to climb and rappel the canyon walls. Bathrooms are clean and the pay showers are reasonable and hot. Love the nature it provides for us.
The park itself is beautiful. The campsites are in the canyon along the canyon walls. The park is often packed and it can be difficult to find a spot if you arrive late. They are small sites but are mostly soft grass with minimal stickers.
This campground was a hidden gem in Hinton OK. The surrounding area is rolling hills and farm land, but once you enter the park, there is a warning sign that the road is steep and winding. (That was an understatement) As we traveled the main road into the park, we literally dropped into another world.
Surrounded on all sides by red sandstone bluffs, this campground has both primitive and RV camping. The first primitive site that you pass on the left is actually in a box canyon full of trees and does have an older but clean set of restrooms and pay showers. The other primitive camping area does not have facilities. With this camping area set within a box canyon, it was shaded through most of the day. (At this time site rates are $14 with a $2 discount for senior citizens.)
Full of wildlife, rabbits, deer, squirrels and armadillos abound. I am sure that there are more diverse animals in the area, but these were the ones we saw. The box canyon is set for climbing or repelling, no matter what your experience level. I am a little old lady in my 60's and had the opportunity to climb one of the smaller bluff walls (about 10' high) and was absolutely awed by the scenery once I topped the wall. Trails led off in all directions and the view from on top of the bluff was extraordinary. I traversed several trails on the top of the bluff and am still in awe at the view.
The park also has a small fishing lake and a paved hiking trail with handicap access. The RV sites, if you are into that kind of thing, appeared to all be pull-thrus. The park rangers patrol the park on a regular basis, are extremely friendly and very personable.
If you are just passing through Oklahoma on I 40, this is a definite must see. You are within 30 minutes of historic Ft. Reno, about an hour from Roman Nose State Park and about an hour west of OKC. If you look at the park on Travelok.com the pictures do not do it justice.