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Black Mesa State Park, Kenton

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#14 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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  • 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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