Finding Trails In Oklahoma
Let’s get this out-of-the-way and upfront, I’m a Utah boy raised in the pristine mountains of the Wasatch front, I grew up playing in the great outdoors from Moab, St George to Salt Lake City. So the recent move to Woodward Oklahoma has not been an easy one for me, now don’t get me wrong Oklahoma is a beautiful state with some of the best people you will ever meet and I love it here but it has limited outdoor access compared to Utah!
The problem seems to be in the lack of public lands and access, most the land in Oklahoma is privately owned not like Utah where most the land is BLM or public lands and access is kept open for all to use. In Utah I could take a different trail every day and never do the same trail twice and never run out of new places to go!
So you can see how the move to Oklahoma has put a wrench in my gears, finding places to ride has been a challenge and im constantly looking for the next dirt road or trail to explore. The other problem I have encountered is the soft ground and sand in north western Oklahoma makes for a tough ride and is hard to build trails through, I have named more trails The Sand-trap than I want to ride again!
One of the very best places I have found to ride is Roman Nose State Park, named after a Cheyenne chief, is one of the original seven Oklahoma state parks. Set amidst a beautiful canyon, recreational activities at this state park include an 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, hiking trails, two lakes, trout fishing in season, canoeing, paddle boats, mountain biking, horse stables and hayrides by reservation. Rentals include canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and mountain bikes.
Roman Nose State Park offers many breathtaking views of the canyon, gypsum rock cliffs and is home to three natural springs. Group camps, picnic areas, tent campsites and RV campsites with hookups are located throughout the park. The area also offers excellent opportunities for fall foliage and wildlife viewing.