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Wichita Mountains camping provides a unique backdrop of beautiful green and mountainous scenery. Home to some of the most majestic wildlife in the United States, such as buffalo, Texas longhorn cattle, elk, deer, and prairie dogs, this region offers plenty of activities for hikers and photographers alike.

The Wichita Mountains boast challenging landscapes for experienced hikers, including trails at the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area. The peak of Mount Scott delivers stunning views of the greenery, lakes, and grazing buffalo. Whether you’re heading to the backcountry alone or taking the family camping, there are plenty of great spots to stay.

The 7 Best Wichita Mountains Camping Spots

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1.  Camp Doris

Dog wading in lake below mountain landscape of Wichita.

Image from The Dyrt camper Jennifer D.

One of the most well-established campgrounds in the Wichita Mountains, Camp Doris is open year-round. It’s a modern campsite with excellent amenities, including a store, ADA access, cabins, tents, electricity, and phone service.

Due to the camping options and amenities, Camp Doris is suitable for all types of travelers. All campsites have tables, fire rings, and grates for cooking. However, it tends to get busy at peak times.

“The area is beautifully scenic, and you will very likely see plenty of wildlife.”Amanda W.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $12-40
  • Number of sites: 90
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

2. Lake Lawtonka East Campground

Lake Lawtonka East Campground is an ideal site for those interested in water-based activities. The lake is linked to various streams from the Wichita Mountains and has around 21 miles of shoreline. It’s safe for swimming, multiple types of boating, and water sports. Medicine park also provides a picturesque area to explore.

The campsite has electrical hookups, water, and hot showers, making it suitable for casual campers.

“It’s a great place for a wonderful weekend.”Justin F.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $8-20
  • Number of sites: 48
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

3.  Great Plains

Scenic cloudy sunset over a campground with 2 trucks an RV parked.

Image from The Dyrt camper Kelly B.

As a family-friendly Wichita Mountains camping option, the Great Plains is another well-serviced campground run by hospitable and helpful staff. With electrical and sewage hookups, it is an ideal location to take your RV.

Located under the watchful eye of the Wichita Mountains, right next to Tom Steed Lake, there is plenty to do here. Rock climbing and trails of varying difficulties allow you to explore the rougher terrain.

“The sunsets and sunrises are gorgeous over the gentle slopes of the land.”Mandy K.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $16-75
  • Number of sites: 86
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

4. Medicine Creek RV Military – Fort Sill

Medicine Creek isn’t your average Wichita Mountains camping site. It is a military base, but non-military visitors can also get a pass to stay here. The campgrounds are known for having all the necessary amenities and for being quiet.

There is plenty of wildlife in the area. On a short walk around the site, you’re likely to spot some elk, bison, longhorn, or deer.

“Within a few miles of the campground is amazing fishing and hiking. Fort Sill is a nice base with everything you may need.”Kathi V.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $7-25
  • Number of sites: 6
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

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5. Robinson’s Landing

RV and blue truck parked in the forest besides water at Robinson's Landing.

Image from The Dyrt camper Mary Lou N.

Robinson’s Landing is a Wichita Mountains camping hidden gem. Despite being off the beaten track, this campsite is packed full of amenities, including electricity, a sanitary dump, hot water, and a store.

Situated right next to the lake, it’s a perfect location to enjoy peaceful exploration on the water. The lake is generally relatively calm, making kayak rental very worthwhile.

“What makes this a great place is its proximity to the water and marina, which offers paddleboard and kayak rentals.”John R.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $8-20
  • Number of sites: 29
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

6. Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area

Another Wichita Mountains campground in Fort Sill, the Lake Elmer Thomas site, has all the amenities you could want. There is free admission to the local park, where you can participate in water activities, golfing, walking, biking, and archery. This area is perfect for families with young children as there are 6 playgrounds nearby.

It is also a popular spot for weddings because of the varying accommodation options and beautiful scenery.

“Fort Sill has a lot of history to view. Great museums. Full hookups. Close to MT Scott and wildlife park.”Danny L.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $18-100
  • Number of sites: 58
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: No

7. Collier Landing

RV with awning and camp chais parked beside river where campers are swimming.

Image from The Dyrt camper Ashley H.

Collier Landing is open year-round, and with excellent access to the lake, you can easily take your boat out for a weekend of fishing or water activities. The campsite is modest, but it has a few key features, including a charcoal grill and electricity access.

With ample seating and picnic tables, this is a great quiet option in the Wichita Mountains. It is an ideal location for a group getaway.

“The sites are nice. Covered picnic table on concrete w/ charcoal grill and stove tables.”Ashley H.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $17
  • Number of sites: 8
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Wichita Mountains camping has a little bit of everything. From rock climbing the rugged mountain face to watching wildlife near the great plains, you can enjoy an action-packed or peaceful getaway, depending on your preference. If you’re planning a trip to the Wichita Mountains, visit The Dyrt’s full list of the best camping spots in the Wichita Mountains.

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