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Glass (Gloss) Mountain State Park


Glass Mountain Conservation Area
Day Use Only
c/o Little Sahara State Park
Rt. 2, Box 132
Waynoka, OK 73860
580-824-1471/Park Office

Picture to the right courtesy of Oklahoma Department of Tourism

Picture by David Fitzgerald Oklahomas own Professional Photographer

Glass Mountains sometimes called Gloss Mountains are located 6 miles west of Orienta which is on highway US 412. The mountains have a high selenite content, making them appear as if they were covered with pieces of glass.   This beautiful scenic strip, currently defined as a conservation area, is almost another world with its rugged high topped mesas springing up from a relatively flat land area. A "painted desert" effect can be seen in many locations due to the exposure of different rock strata, and the sparkle of gypsum and selenite gives many of the mesas a glittering effect. A giant inland sea once covered the area, leaving behind extensive gypsum beds. Spanish explorers passed through the area and later, the first known American explorer around 1821 described what he called "The Shining Mountains". Today, the Glass Mountains (also called Gloss Mountains) area is utilized for its vast oil and gas resources. This 640 acre expanse is awaiting development at this time as a State Park which will begin in the near future and will provide trails and facilities. At present, visitors can pull off the highway to enjoy the rugged landscape at a small roadside picnic area with an information kiosk on the history and features of the locale. Astronomy groups occasionally use the area for celestial observations, but the area is not currently open to the public--look for some parts to be competed possibly in early 1999. Meanwhile, visitors can enjoy the 24 mile scenic drive along U.S. Hwy 412 through this very distinctive area.

Gloss Mountain Outfitters is the portal for your enjoyment of Western Oklahoma.  Let us be your concierge and develop your daily itineraries to fit your interests and time constraints.  For complete information visit us at http://www.glossmountainoutfitters.com.  We have primitive camping, corrals, hiking, fishing, potable water and outdoor showers. 

A few of the activities and experiences waiting for you are:

  • Horseback riding in the Gloss Mountains
  • Digging the unique Selenite Hourglass Crystal
  • Learning to make home made cinnamon rolls
  • Target Shooting
  • Making your own wine
  • Visiting native artists that are nationally known
  • Gathering cattle on horseback
  • Golfing
  • Tractor Driving
  • Riding a Mule or in a wagon pulled by a team of mules
  • Learn Dutch Oven Cooking
  • Museums, antiques, specialty shops and anything else you might suggest.
  • Wine and Dine at Heritage Manor Bed and Breakfast
  • Explore the Great Salt Plains
  • Tour National Wildlife Refuge and Great Salt Plains State Park
  • Shop for antiques and collectibles in Cherokee
  • Community Bingo
  • Bat Cave Exploration
  • Rest and Swim
  • Waynoka Rattlesnake Hunt - 1st weekend after Easter.
  • So much more!

Gloss Mountain Outfitters can customize packages for you, your family and/or group. 

Transportation can be provided from the Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Wichita airports.  With your own plane you may fly in to Cherokee, Waynoka, Mooreland or Woodward

We are far more than just a Dude Ranch.

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