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Black Mesa Summit Trail, Kenton

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Black Mesa is a mesa in the U.S. states of Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. It extends from Mesa de Maya, Colorado southeasterly 28mi along the north bank of the Cimarron River, crossing the northeast corner of New Mexico to end at the confluence of the Cimarron River and Carrizo Creek near Kenton in the Oklahoma panhandle. Its highest elevation is 5705ft in Colorado. The highest point of Black Mesa within New Mexico is 5239ft. In northwestern Cimarron County, Oklahoma, Black Mesa reaches 4973ft, the highest point in the state of Oklahoma. The plateau that formed at the top of the mesa has been known as a "geological wonder" of North America. There is abundant wildlife in this shortgrass prairie environment, including mountain lions, butterflies, and the Texas horned lizard.HistoryThe plateau has been home to Plains Indians.In the late-nineteenth and early twentieth century the area was a hideout for outlaws such as William Coe and Black Jack Ketchum. The outlaws built a fort known as the Robbers' Roost. The stone fort housed a blacksmith shop, gun ports, and a piano. The present-day Oklahoma Panhandle area, which was then considered a no man's land, lacked law enforcement agencies and hence the outlaws found it safe to hide in the region. However, as new settlers arrived in the area for copper and coal mining and also for cattle ranching activities by grazing cattle in the mesa region, law enforcement became more effective, and the outlaws were brought under control.
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  • We traveled to the Black Mesa Nature Preserve in Kenton, Oklahoma to hike to the highest point in Oklahoma. The Black Mesa Summit trail is about 8.4 miles roundtrip and takes about 4 hours for an aver...  more »
  • So easy to find with the markers and the trail is great. Hiked in October and the weather was perfect.  more »
  • This is one my favorite hikes that I've ever done. I'd suggest to start as early in the morning as you can and avoid being here during the afternoon as sudden thunderstorms can crop up and you do not ...  more »
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