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.Put Black Mesa State Park into our Kenton holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Kenton.
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This park is probably the most secluded park I have ever been to, and it was amazing. The state park is not where Black Mesa is...the plateau is a little further of a drive. However, if you are wantin... more »
You will want to make this a stop. We lived in OK for 35 years and never got out to this spot. It took some time to get there from Tulsa, but it was well worth the trip. We were coming from Colorado a... more »
Strangely enough, Black Mesa itself is not within Black Mesa State Park. The state park is nice enough and has some fairly short but pretty hiking trails, a small lake and some campgrounds. I often se... more »
Beautiful scenery and a moderately strenuous climb to top of the Mesa for more views. Family friendly if you are in modest shape.
It was very interesting and beautiful.and neat to see the old santa fe wagon trail.
A hidden gem in the far western corner of the OK panhandle! Well worth the hassle of driving there. Views of the night sky were clear, I've never heard so many morning birds sing. Go if you can!
An oasis in a rather barren part of the country. Very well maintained, has a small lake, petrified wood area and birding trail.
Having been to many Oklahoma state parks over the years, I have to say that this one is probably the best. First, I will say that it is a long drive from anywhere unless you happen to live in the Panhandle (even then it's probably still a bit of a drive). This is a good thing though. As many state parks I've been to have been the party hang out for locals this doesn't seem to be the case for Black Mesa and I believe part of it is due to it's remoteness. It's very quiet in the evening and the stars are remarkable since there's pretty much no light pollution. The facilities were the cleanest I've seen too. The bathrooms were nicely heated (important because even in mid-May when I was there the nights and mornings were pretty chilly), cleaned regularly by the camp host, and even had showers. Cell service was pretty much nonexistent in the park but that's a plus in its favor in my opinion. If you needed anything the nearest town (Boise City) with supplies was close enough to get what you needed. It's about a 30 minute one way drive. Kenton, OK is actually much closer but there is no longer a store in the town so it's not an option for any resupply you might need. This is an A+ park and the only thing that makes me sad about it is that it's a six hour drive from home so I can't visit it more often.
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