Located in the beautiful Oklahoma panhandle, Black Mesa State Park is a 1,600-acre nature preserve boasting many of the most amazing views in Oklahoma. Hiking is a hugely popular past time in Black Mesa, with the park hosting the highest point in the state at 4, 973 feet above sea level. In fact, the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains terminates in this park, which means you get mountain views without the challenging climb!
As this is preservation land, individuals are treated to glimpses of over 30 different rare plants and over 10 endangered animal species as they walk their canines along these paths. Be sure you keep your four-legged friend on a leash no longer than six feet, if you do decide to bring along your dog.
Because no cleanup services exist on these paths, make sure to bring everything needed to clean up after your doggie companion. It gets mighty hot in the summertime here so keep that in mind if you do decide to make the trek bring plenty of water and a fully charged cell phone.
If you are more of a bird enthusiast, there are three bird spotting posts located throughout the area. From these platforms, you can spot golden eagles, pinyon jays, and several other species as they make their way through the area. Keep in mind that canines are not allowed on the bird spotting platforms, as park officals like to keep these free of noise and distraction.
Camping is offered here, but it tends to be centered more around the great stargazing that this park offers. Because preservation lands have rules against light pollution, the sky views here are second to none. Several camping events throughout the warmer months focus on the observatory that occupies the northernmost part of the park.
Dogs are allowed, provided they do not distract other guests and stay on a leash longer than six feet at all times. Because there are only 15 sites available, make sure to book your spots quickly. Rental is $14 per day, and premium sites are available for an additional $5.