When I found out we were moving to Oklahoma I figured there would some outdoor activities. Probably the usual state recreation areas with a few national parks sprinkled around. And that about describes it here. But, what I wasn't expecting was how much it would speak to me and my family. My son's favorite color is red and Oklahoma is chalked full of red dirt and rocks. He loves exploring, throwing and climbing all over his red dirt and rocks. For me, the hues of red are just beautiful.
|Red Rock Canyon State Park|
In addition to the red, Oklahoma is, in my opinion, part of big sky county.
We regularly have colorful sunsets and plenty of interesting cloud formations to contrast the red rocks. No towering peaks here, but there is more topography than I expected. I appreciate the texture of the gently rolling hills and unexpected canyons. I know you can find these things in lot of places but I consider myself lucky to live in one of them.
|Memorable sunset during our camping trip at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.|
I haven't wasted any time in getting outdoors and exploring. Mostly it has just been with my two kids, ages 2 and 5 and, overall, we have been impressed with the facilities and amenities available. Here are my favorite outdoor-filled day trips from Oklahoma City. The topography in these areas are very light. Making them very easy to visit with two kids while my husband is at work.
Lake Thunderbird State Park
|The naturalist showing my son different types of bird feathers.|
Red Rock Canyon State Park
This park offers the traditional activities of hiking and camping but also has spots for repelling. It is one of the few places to repel in Oklahoma. We went during the week and we were kind of the only ones there. But, there are a ton of campsites and I imagine that the canyon gets pretty busy during peak camping season. There were no entrance fees.
Chickasaw Cultural Center and National Recreation Area
Martin Park Nature Center
|My kids love the observation tower.|
Roman Nose State Park
Goals for 2015 Adventures!
Wichita National Wildlife Refuge
This is a beautiful mountain range located in southwestern Oklahoma. I can't wait to spend a day hiking here.
Black Mesa State Park
This state parks holds the highest point in Oklahoma and is located in the panhandle of Oklahoma. This will be more than a day trip but I am looking forward to exploring this area.
Great Plains State Park
I am sure I will find more areas to explore. I will also revisit many of the areas from this year and continue to explore their trails.
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