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Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge

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We walked the trail and saw a lot of wildlife along the way. It’s a very clean area and the trail... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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This place is like no where else! It felt like being on the set of a sci-fi movie. Just white... read more

Reviewed June 28, 2019
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RR 1, Jet, OK 73749-9801
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked the trail and saw a lot of wildlife along the way. It’s a very clean area and the trail is well maintained. So many birds to watch and the view is beautiful. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Tiptoechaney
Reviewed June 28, 2019

This place is like no where else! It felt like being on the set of a sci-fi movie. Just white crystals and dirt and little puddles of water. The winds were strong and it was hot. We were totally unprepared to dig crystals and were...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed April 3, 2019

A friend and I were on dual sport motorcycles riding the Oklahoma Adventure Trail (A gravel and dirt route around the state of Oklahoma) and stopped here. This was one of the coolest places we visited. We rode our motorcycles as far in as allowable....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ajayhawkfan
Reviewed June 27, 2018 via mobile

This is a perfect day trip in the summer with the kids there are just a few things we didn't know. 1. Make sure you don't just type salt plains state park in the gps or it will take you out of the way. 2....More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank KDW75
Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

Recommendations: Enter on the gravel road off 64 south of Cherokee, inatead of Jet. Take a high profile vehicle if you have one. There were a couple nerve racking spots in our sedan. We also recommend arriving early before the heat. Take chairs and something...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank RestaurantChallenged
Reviewed March 29, 2018

I have been 3 times, once as a kid with my family, once last summer with my family and again this month with my husband. I love digging for crystals, as do my children. It was very windy and I did get sunburned, so I...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank AmberW1609
Reviewed January 30, 2018

My wife is an amateur wildlife photographer, so drove to the salt plains national wildlife refuge to spend an afternoon see if we could get some new and exciting photos. The park staff were very helpful and all of their advice was well worth following....More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Gary C
Reviewed November 14, 2017

Just came back from an overbite trip to the refuge. The visitor center is under construction after it was destroyed by a fire last year. Some trails and a bird blind overlooking the lake. 50,000+ sandhill cranes this time of the year. Snow geese and...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed October 4, 2017 via mobile

Great place to take the kids to dig crystals. Hourglass selenite and sand gypsum crystals are everywhere. As well as a very unique ecosystem of insects seem nowhere else. Make sure your bring extra water,1 case minimum,as well as lots of sunscreen.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank MineralExplorer
Reviewed September 25, 2017

I've been wanting to go out and dig for crystals here for a long time. Finally, it was decided to make a day trip out of it and go. I have to say, it was well worth the trip and I'm glad that I finally...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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September 16, 2017|
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Response from BluegooseTraveler | Reviewed this property |
No permits are required so no cost to you and enjoy.
July 25, 2015|
Response from rkhnter |
Late spring, summer and early fall - April to October 15th