Hike Past Bison and Wildflowers in Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge may be the oldest managed wildlife facility in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, but it remains one of the most under-the-radar parks in our nation. We think that’s a crying shame! A true treasure in southwestern Oklahoma, it boasts abrupt 1,000-foot mountains that tower above grasslands where a heard of 650 bison roam alongside elk and deer. This 59,000-acre refuge also has great granite slabs, giving it some of the best rock climbing between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. Visit in late April and the fields will be blanketed in prismatic wildflowers, making the 15 miles of trails through the park even more picturesque than usual.
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