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.Add Black Mesa State Park and other attractions to your Kenton trip itinerary using our Kenton trip planner .
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Black Mesa State Park Reviews
BrianW604September 27, 2017
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 »
Barb247September 22, 2017
Wonderful little oasis out in the middle of no where!!! Great views with lots of places to walk and explore. We have a 40 ft motor home with tow vehicle and there was no problem getting in and out. Ve... more »
D HSeptember 2, 2017
A beautiful place to camp, hike, and see the stars. I didn't fish there, but you can. The locusts were very loud and made the hustle of the city vanish. There are lots of places to have a picnic and a... more »
Mike GardnerJune 19, 2017
Beautiful scenery and a moderately strenuous climb to top of the Mesa for more views. Family friendly if you are in modest shape.
April IbarraJune 29, 2017
It was very interesting and beautiful.and neat to see the old santa fe wagon trail.
Martha SheaJuly 3, 2017
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!
William KockenMay 15, 2017
An oasis in a rather barren part of the country. Very well maintained, has a small lake, petrified wood area and birding trail.
Brian WrAugust 3, 2016
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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