Oklahoma State Parks continue to surprise me and this one was no different! Driving down the steep park entrance into the canyon, it felt as if we were entering a completely different environment. It was fascinating and exhilarating to look up at these canyon wall formed many many years ago.
Red Rock Canyon State Park is located in west central Oklahoma and is not a far drive from Oklahoma City, where we stayed after a day of hiking. The park is known for its nature trails and hiking but it is also common to see someone rappelling down the red canyon walls. Swimming at the pool is available during the summer months as well. Camping is also available in the park, with both RV and tent sites.
Fee: No fee (for a day pass)
Rock formation for base of canyon
The park itself is absolutely breathtaking but the main hiking trail was pretty bland at times. It started out amazing by climbing up a water eroded path to get to the top of the canyon. A portion of the trail goes away from the edge of the canyon through a bunch of trees that have died. This part of the trail was not very scenic and really quite boring. The trail has some wonderful views though. We only ended up doing only half of the trail due to me catching a cold and not feeling the best. Be warned, the main trail is long and will take a while to complete.
Grant climbing to get to the trail
On the hiking trail looking down into the canyon
Grant exploring the rock on the main trail
Laura and Grant on the hiking trail
There are two nature trials in the park and we did the first one right at the entrance. This one is a short trail at the base of the canyon and gives a completely different perspective than the main trail that goes on top of the canyon. I would recommend doing both to experience what each has to offer.
Small pond at the end of the nature trail
A friendly reminder, please do not deface the canyon walls. Read all about defacing natural features here.
4 out of 34 Oklahoma State Parks! Which one should we go to next? Comment below!