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Black Mesa State Park, Kenton

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#15 of 23 in Nature in Oklahoma
Black Mesa State Park is an Oklahoma state park in Cimarron County, near the western border of the Oklahoma panhandle and New Mexico. The park is located about 15mi away from its namesake, Black Mesa, the highest point in Oklahoma (4973ft above sea level). The mesa was named for the layer of black lava rock that coats it.The associated nature preserve is open to hiking and contains 1600acre and is home to 23 rare plants and 8 rare animal species.The nearest community is Kenton, Oklahoma. The nearest town is Boise City, Oklahoma.Carl Etling LakeCarl Etling Lake, formed in 1959 by a dam on Carrizo Creek, is contained within Black Mesa State Park. It has a shoreline of 5 mi, an average depth of 11ft, with a maximum depth of 38ft.
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  • We traveled to Black Mesa Summit Preserve and hiked about 8.4 miles roundtrip to the highest point in Oklahoma. The trail is well-worn and easy to follow. I would classify this trail as moderate. The ...  more »
  • When people think of Oklahoma they often picture the lushness of the Cookson Hills or the flat tall grass parries. Black Mesa is one of the amazing transition zones that mark the point where the Rocki...  more »
  • This is by far my favorite state park in Oklahoma. It's remote and quiet. The facilities, while not top notch, are taken care of and maintained. The bathrooms were the cleanest, by far, that I've seen...  more »
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  • The lake is a decently sized and the park is very clean even the restrooms. Most of the good scenery will be at the Black Mesa Preserve though.
  • Quiet. Clean bathrooms. Deer grazing morning and evening.
  • Beautiful scenery and a moderately strenuous climb to top of the Mesa for more views. Family friendly if you are in modest shape.
  • Really nice, clean park with small lake. Looking forward to bringing our camper and hanging out for a couple of days.
  • Great campsite, isolated, not real busy, my families kind of place! Well maintained, and clean!

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