Discover Great Plains Country, located in southwest Oklahoma – just near the Texas border. From vast prairies and countryside’s to towering mountaintops, explore the charming towns dotting these scenic rugged landscapes. Hike, bike, and be at one with nature on the old Chisholm Trail, or top off your travels with the ultimate road trip along the always-engaging Route 66. Blast off to the Stafford Air & Space Museum, and follow the career of the US astronaut Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford. Visit the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University or feel the rhythm at annual their annual Jazz Festival.
Outdoor recreation knows no bounds here in southwest Oklahoma, as it is filled with parks, trails, and mountains to climb. Peering above, The Wichita Mountains stand tall with two main peaks, one being The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. This one-of-a-kind destination spans over 59,000 acres crawling with farm animals, and is visited by photographers due to the incredible scenery offered within the refuge. Quartz Mountain Nature Park is at the western end of the Wichita Mountains. Nature lovers can fish, golf, boat, bike, and even bird watch. Adventure seekers will enjoy the amusement park, rock climbing, and hiking offered at Quartz as well.
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Ride ‘Em Cowboy
Catch cowboys in fast-paced action by heading to a rodeo for some serious fun as they wrangle, bull ride, steer wrestle and have an all-around good time. The Sooner State is home to plenty of PRCA rodeos, most of which are accompanied by parades, state fairs, and heritage celebrations.
Check out the Hinton PRCA Rodeo at the Crosstie Arena every Memorial Day Weekend for some rodeo thrills in southwest Oklahoma.
Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Dubbed as the “Land of the Ultimate Road Trip,” hop on the historic Route 66 for an epic road trip through the Midwestern heartlands of Oklahoma. The nation's longest drivable stretch of the popular Will Rogers Highway cuts through Oklahoma, making its way past charming the state or continue all the way to California or up to Illinois. Stop in the many museums, roadside diners, and quirky attractions, or simply take in the breathtaking scenery as you drive through.
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
Southwestern Oklahoma is home to the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Cheyenne. It is the landmark of the surprise attack on the Cheyenne village led by Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his cavalry on November 27, 1868. It serves as a place of remembrance of those who died and of the resilience of the village of Cheyenne. Tour the grounds, the gift shop, and self-guided trails that overlook the preserved grasslands.
Try Your Swing
Great Plains Country has perfect golfing conditions with wide-open fields and elevated greens, a perfect recipe for great and challenging courses. Whether looking to tee-off on championship course or just looking for a friendly game, rent a cart and unwind in the heartlands. Check out Quartz Mountain Golf Course over in Lone Wolf. Try your swing at The Territory Golf and Country Club in Duncan, or play 9 holes at Frederick Golf & Country Club.