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Wasn't sure I wanted to stop but was so glad we did. The visitor center is amazing (free) and informative. So nice to drive around the park and see bison in their natural habitat. Prairie dogs meh. They are everywhere but people seemed to be...More
I read about this place in a magazine about route 66. We were driving the historic 66 and decided to take this extra route to Wichita Mountains wildlife refuge.
We were not disappointed!
It takes you just 90 mins from Oklahoma City to this place....More
We were heading home from OKC and decided to make the drive over to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to see the Bison. So worth the extra drive time as you could see lots of bison all over the preserve and up close. They also have...More
It's a beautiful little trip, you can go see a few types of wildlife such as, prairie dogs, longhorns, and bison. You can take a walk up to the peak of Mount Scott, which is the really only accessible mountain there. It's a beautiful view...More
We have great memories and experience here. We came in around end Dec / Jan during X'mas holiday. It snows. Kids had fun playing snow. And there are enough trail to walk for 3-4 days easily. I booked for 2 nights and ends up we...More
Wow, this place is amazing. Lots of bison to see and Longhorns as well. Many hikes available of all levels from easy to long. Dog friendly. Saw several deer on our hikes. Bring lots of water and snacks. I will review a great place to...More
I didn't really expect to see buffalos. I thought it was one of those things you'd see if you just happen to luck out. But no, they were everywhere. We were immediately greeted with one by the entrance sign to the park. Then more everywhere...More
We came here twice during our 9 day stay in the area.
It will be on our list for our next visit too. Beautiful scenery,many side roads to lakes if you have the time..
We saw a large herd of buffalo near the Holy City...More
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There are many things you can do when visiting the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Everyone, even if you are not very mobile should start by visiting the excellent visitor center. Here you can talk to rangers to figure... More
There are many things you can do when visiting the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Everyone, even if you are not very mobile should start by visiting the excellent visitor center. Here you can talk to rangers to figure out what to do, you can see pictures of local flowers and animals, you can visit the excellent store (do try the fudge, it is amazing), you can watch a very nice movie about the refuge and you can walk through the interesting and educational exhibits including the one where you here night sounds made by animals like deer, raccoon etc. This can easily take one hour if you take your time. Then there is Mount Scot and its now close to cars paved road to the top. If you are in good shape you can walk to the top or can go part way and still get nice views. It is also supposed to be a good road for birding especially now that cars are allowed. Then you can just drive through the refuge looking for the bison, long horn cows maybe elk especially in the fall. Of curse there is the prairie dog town with its own parking lot so you can get out and take better pictures of them. So far everything I have described could take anywhere from 2 hours to 4 or 5 if you walk the Mount Scot walk. Then there are the trails, one of my favorites is French Lake. Here you will find 3 trails (one, two and 6 miles) so you can choose based on your fitness levels. I have done them all many times and I would recommend the 2 mile trail although the 6 mile trails goes through very scenic terrain and if you do it in Spring during flower season, it can be just amazing. Always keep an eye for the bison or long horn cattle which can be anywhere on the trail. If you do encounter them slowly go around them as far as you can and do not get close. So the trails could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3-4 hours depending on the trail you choose, how long you stop, how many pictures you take or even depending on whether you stop to eat your lunch if you take the 6 mile trail. There are other trails in the refuge which are also worth considering,althoug some of them are a bit more strenuous than those in French lake. Many steps through boulders areas but very nice so also worth considering. As you can see one trip will not allow you to experience everything I have described. So depending on your time and fitness level I would recommend first a visit to the visitor center, then drive to French Lake and keep in mind that you can see animals anytime you drive around. Then a hike on one of the 3 trails depending on your time and fitness level. Someone in top shape can do the 6 mile trail in a couple of hours or maybe even less, but honestly there would be no times to stop and admire the beauty of the landscape or take pictures so realistically plant on at least 3 maybe 4 hours for the 6 mile trail. Of course a second or third visit to this beautiful refuge is also highly recommended. Finally we always end our visit to the refuge with a meal at the Meers Store, very old place with amazing burgers (the Beers burger). Long horn cattle beef is used and it is always fresh, never frozen. Lots to consider, but then again this is a big refuge with much to offer. Hope this helps.