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Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve

County Road 325

Black Mesa is located in Oklahoma's panhandle along the tri-state border with Colorado and New Mexico. Black Mesa takes its name from the layer of black lava rock that coated the mesa about 30 million years ago. Visitors can hike to the top of the plateau, Oklahoma's highest point at 4,973 feet above sea level, while in the Black Mesa Nature Preserve.  

The nature preserve is operated by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department in conjunction with Black Mesa State Park. The nature preserve consists of approximately 1,600 acres where visitors can hike and enjoy 23 rare plants and eight rare animal species. The unique area marks the point where the Rocky Mountains meet the shortgrass prairie and many species are at the easternmost or westernmost point of their natural range. Approximately 36 RV sites with water and electric hookups and 23 tent sites are available on a first come, first serve basis at Black Mesa State Park.


Becky Sears

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Incredible dark skies, when they get the lighting issue resolved it will be a 5 star park. Lots of trails, playground and lake and stream nearby! To have a bottle class 1 location with those lights is sad! Pack in everything you need for supplies, anything you forgot is 27 miles away. No cell service or data available!

R. H.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Absolutely amazing. More walking/hiking than we anticipated but well worth it. Spent a week there with the family and loved every minute of it.

Theresa Loya

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Needs to mow a little more, but a beautiful place to go fish and relax

Jackalanter Josh

Friday, July 21, 2017
The lake is a decently sized and the park is very clean even the restrooms. Most of the good scenery will be at the Black Mesa Preserve though.

Brian Wr

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
Having been to many Oklahoma state parks over the years, I have to say that this one is probably the best. First, I will say that it is a long drive from anywhere unless you happen to live in the Panhandle (even then it's probably still a bit of a drive). This is a good thing though. As many state parks I've been to have been the party hang out for locals this doesn't seem to be the case for Black Mesa and I believe part of it is due to it's remoteness. It's very quiet in the evening and the stars are remarkable since there's pretty much no light pollution. The facilities were the cleanest I've seen too. The bathrooms were nicely heated (important because even in mid-May when I was there the nights and mornings were pretty chilly), cleaned regularly by the camp host, and even had showers. Cell service was pretty much nonexistent in the park but that's a plus in its favor in my opinion. If you needed anything the nearest town (Boise City) with supplies was close enough to get what you needed. It's about a 30 minute one way drive. Kenton, OK is actually much closer but there is no longer a store in the town so it's not an option for any resupply you might need. This is an A+ park and the only thing that makes me sad about it is that it's a six hour drive from home so I can't visit it more often.

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