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A Canyon For All

Five miles south of I-40 on US-281, the Oklahoma prairie yawns open, revealing a canyon near Hinton. The chasm, made of orange-brown, cross-bedded, fine-grained sandstone, is known as Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park. The Caddo County site is a geological formation, part of the Permian-age Rush Springs aquifer.  The canyon includes an unusual formation, sometimes labeled a “hoodoo,” that has...

Birds of a Feather

“We’re a donation-based museum,” says Lauren Gandara, who greets people at the American Pigeon Museum and Library (APM&L). “There’s no entry fee. So people can come and check us out for free.” Gandara is also the caretaker and mother hen for the museum-owned pigeons that live at what’s called “the Loft.” It’s a habitat next door to APM&L, where there’s...

Back in the Saddle

While some people think seeing Oklahoma by motor vehicle is the way to go, others would argue the proper way to do it is by horseback. Jeanne Keffer Remer, director of the trail program at Honey Lee Ranch Trail Rides in Jones, thinks fall is a great time to get back in the saddle again ... or discover horseback riding...

This Land is Grand

Oklahoma may have a reputation as flat prairie land, but the reality is far more sundry. If you’ve ever noticed a variance in the terrain as you travel across the state, your eyes do not deceive you. According to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma has the most diverse terrain per square mile...

Don’t Get Bugged

An increase in the prevalence of bugs during the spring and summer is a reality in Oklahoma. While encounters with insects and arachnids are usually harmless, one sting or bite can bring pain or long-term health problems to some. Wasps, bees, mosquitoes, spiders and ticks are the most common bugs Oklahomans encounter. The mosquito is perhaps the most irritating of...

Into the Wild … with Caution

Oklahoma’s varied topography lends itself to an array of outdoor activities, but it’s hard to get more primative than simply throwing on a backpack, outfitting yourself with only a tent and a few necessities, and hitting the trail … or at least driving to one of the many campgrounds through the state. Summertime camping is a challenge because of the...