Alabaster Caverns State Park

Alabaster Caverns State Park

Alabaster Caverns State Park
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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FamilyTravel1996
Shawnee, OK5 contributions
Jul 2021
Although this is a tiny park, there is more than meets the eye because so much is below the surface. We went wild caving on 7-10. Owl Cave is fairly easy, at least for short people, who are in good shape. Then we went to Ice Stalactite Cave. It was definitely harder; we did not complete. I wanted to go to Hoe Down Cave, but we were out of time. We also were able to see the bats at Selman Cave fly out at dusk. This is only available in July, and you must apply for a ticket by June 1. Definitely a unique, educational experience. We also camped for 2 nights in the GC campground. Sites very close together and no bathroom of any sort. In November, we did the official tour, and had an amazing tour guide. Bats hibernate in there during the winter, so we were able to see lots of sleeping bats. There is also some neat hiking, which we did on our November trip.
Written July 12, 2021
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sydney
Norman, OK1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
Park was pretty, nice playground seems like a decent place to camp. We just stopped by for the cave tour, which was fun. However due to a cave-in, we couldn’t see the whole cave including the black alabaster. For the $10 each price, the tour seemed a little lackluster as you go out the way you came and is cut about half a mile short. Neat cave, lots of bats, worth stopping by if you’re in the area.
Written March 14, 2022
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BlueHarmonyRanch
Milburn, OK9 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
Beautiful little area! There is a nice area for your RV and a tent area. Cute little gift shop with info on the cave. There is a nice covered picnic area for eating and relaxing. The tour was fun and my first time touring a cave without stalactites or stalagmites. Another fun stop on my Oklahoma State parks journey.
Written October 24, 2021
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okiesooner09
Oklahoma361 contributions
Apr 2021
There is a $10 fee for the tour and they start on the hour. They drive you from the office to the caverns in a van. We were the only two people there and got a private tour. The caverns are beautiful. We had a great guide. She pointed out all kinds of things; the different formations and how nature created them, where the Dalton gang hid out and much more history and of course the bats.

The tour lasted about 45 minutes. There was a little climbing but nothing too strenuous. It would be handy if you had your own flashlight. The office has a small museum and gift shop.

There is much more to do at this state park. There is camping, hiking and other caves that you can explore on your own.
Written April 30, 2021
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pezmanWichita
DERBY9 contributions
Jun 2020
We stayed in our RV for two nights. We live in Kansas, about 4 hours away. Actually a very clean campsite for RV's. There aren't many campsites, however I don't believe you would have difficulty reserving one. Alabaster Caverns State Park is kind of out of the way, so people traveling in their RV's won't be staying here just for a pit stop. We stayed the first week of June, 2020 and there were only two other RV's parked at the park. Just not a lot to do at the park besides the cave. They do have a couple of hiking trails and they are nice. Gift shop is small, but you can pick up a decent souvenir pretty cheap. Probably will never go back, but don't let that stop you from at least seeing the place. If you live within a few hours and have an RV, it would be a nice weekend getaway.
Written June 10, 2020
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Aria
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Sep 2020 • Family
I wanted to love this place so badly. My kids loved the idea of seeing the bats and its why we picked this place specifically while we made our way to Colorado for a funeral. When we arrived, my husband went in to check in and, since there is a water spigot by the tent sites, asked if it was potable or if it was just to rinse off dishes. She said it was fine. He asked about tours and she told him there was a sign outside and offered no other information so we went on our way thinking we could find the sign soon.
We went back to our site to set up and wanted to hike to the lookout with the kids and grab a soda from the shop and ask one more time about the tours. I went in and was met with, "what do you need?" I said I was just grabbing a few sodas to go with dinner and she looked at another woman in the shop and started laughing about how some people were too good for tap water. I told her to have a nice rest of her day after I paid for the sodas and she said, "I will in 17 minutes when I can leave." I didn't even ask about the tours.
We did find the sign and it said tours started at the tip of the hour. We explored a bit and read the posters about the bats that they had up but no one ever showed up to give the tour and, by that time, the woman inside was long gone.

The bathrooms are disgusting and hardly function. I put a roll of toilet paper on the roll. One sink didnt even work (use the one closest to the door). There was blood on the toilet of the first stall and feces on the toilet of the handicap stall.

We camp every weekend we can get away. I've been to dozens of state parks around the country and I've never had an encounter like that with anyone, nor have I ever seen such a disgusting bathroom in a state park.

That being said, when the sun goes down and the bats come out to eat, it is such a cool and surreal experience. It truly is a beautiful park. We had racoons and coyotes outside the tent a few times looking for food.

Maybe with someone else at the desk, perhaps someone that cares about their job and the people that come into the park, it would have been a much better experience.
Written September 8, 2020
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153kcmo
Kansas City, KS4 contributions
Jul 2022
We were at Alabaster Caverns State Park to see the bats and thought it would be interesting to tour a cave. According to signage, you go in the entrance, tour the cave, and go out the exit. Unfortunately, there was a cave-in near the entrance which meant we had to go in the exit, go about 55% of the way into the cave, and then turn around and go out to the exit. We weren't told that until after we purchased tickets. Alabaster Caverns is one of three places where you can see black alabaster, but you actually can't see it because the tour doesn't go that far. Rather than trying to get everyone in and out in less than an hour, they really need to spread the tour times out so that everyone can go through the cave to the cave-in before having to turn back. This would allow everyone to see the black alabaster and pulpit rock. Also, they warn that the tour is strenuous. It's not, but it is treacherous because the actual walkway isn't lit. The sides of the cave is lit so you can see the rock formations, but you can't see where you are stepping. There were several dips in the walkway which caught people in my group off guard. Not sure it was worth the $10. There must be better cave tours in Oklahoma.
Written July 24, 2022
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Joseph H
Beavercreek, OH1,424 contributions
Feb 2022
My wife and I made a quick stop at Alabaster Caverns State Park while driving enroute from Amarillo TX to Emporia KS. We hiked the trails around the park. We didn't stay for a tour of the caverns as the tours run at the top of each hour and last approximately 45 minutes - longer than we had available for our drive. Other than the park host I believe we were the only ones in the park. Nice small playground with swings and a slide. One of the trails had perilously close cliff edge to quite a drop.
Written February 27, 2022
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Liz H
Tulsa, OK18 contributions
Oct 2022
The part of the cave we did see was really neat to see. The tour guide was very friendly and told us a lot about the cave. The day we went they were only doing 2 tours. They do have trails there, we took a map that had names on the trails but once we set out the trails did not have the names just arrows pointing. The only two trails that are marked are Owl cave and Waterfall Cave (which you can spend the night in - just make reservations)
Written October 10, 2022
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Douglas B
Baltimore, MD166 contributions
May 2021
This is a great detour. Not far from the highway, the tour in the caves is about an hour. The guides know the history of the caves and the names of the major formations. It should be noted that you cannot enter the caves without a tour, as the black alabaster found in this cave is quite rare. Unfortunately a cave-in meant that we were unable to see any of the black alabaster when I was there, but it was still need to see the formations and the various bat species.
Written July 13, 2021
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