Black Mesa State Park, Oklahoma

Today’s drive ended at Black Mesa SP, a quiet park in the western part of the Oklahoma panhandle. Why? Because we were very near the highest point in Oklahoma.

Black Mesa - State Park Campground, near Kenton, OK: Site #14 (36 RV sites total) - This site has: electric & water hookups. Campground Notes: flush toilets • showers • dump station available • creek/lake access • trails from campground • trails nearby • 4,308’ elevation. June 22nd - 26th. Miles traveled: 160.
Overall Experience: smile

buff view View from the bluff above the campground looking towards the creek and Lake Carl Etling.

Black Mesa Summit Hike

View of the Black Mesa trail View of the Black Mesa Trail.

The trailhead for Black Mesa trail is located in Black Mesa Preserve, about 15 miles from the state park. This eight and a half hike (round trip) goes to Black Mesa Summit, which tops out at 4,973' elevation and is the highest in Oklahoma. Overall the hike is mostly on flat terrain with one short section that traverses up the mesa's side. Once on top, it's about a mile & a half to the summit.

We made it.

Saw a bunch of these guys on the hike. We call them Horny Toads, but technically they are Horned Lizards. Whatever you call them, they are fun to watch.

Grasshopper & Bee Grasshopper & bee competing for the same flower.

Flowers along the trail.

The Black Mesa State Park Campground is a stunning camping spot near the small town of Kenton, in the far northwest corner of Oklahoma. It's located within the expansive Black Mesa State Park, spanning over 2,200 acres and renowned for its breathtaking views and unique geological formations.

Key Features:

  • Situated in Black Mesa State Park, covering more than 2,200 acres
  • Known for its stunning scenery and unique geological features
  • Home to Black Mesa, the highest point in Oklahoma at 4,973 feet

Exploring Black Mesa State Park
Black Mesa State Park offers a range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. One of the main highlights is hiking to the summit of Black Mesa itself. This invigorating hike rewards visitors with awe-inspiring panoramic views of the surrounding plains and mountains.

Camping at Black Mesa State Park Campground
The campground within Black Mesa State Park provides options for both tent and RV camping, boasting a total of 25 spacious and well-maintained campsites. Many of these sites offer picturesque views of the natural surroundings.

Each campsite is equipped with essential amenities such as a picnic table and fire ring. Additionally, visitors have access to convenient facilities including flush toilets and hot showers.

Fishing in Lake Carl Etling
Aside from hiking adventures, visitors can also indulge in fishing activities at Lake Carl Etling. This lake is regularly stocked with various fish species, including rainbow trout, providing anglers with an excellent opportunity to test their skills and enjoy a day out on the water.

Additional Amenities
To enhance your experience further, Black Mesa State Park features:

  • Several picnic areas where you can relax and enjoy meals outdoors
  • Playground facilities scattered throughout the park for children to have fun

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