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Redrock Canyon State Park

Red Rock Canyon State Park
Hwy 281 S
P.O. Box 502
Hinton, OK 73047
Park Office: (405) 542-6344
Fax: (405) 542-6342
Email: RedRockCanyon@OklahomaParks.com


Location:

One-half mile south of Hinton on Highway 281, off State Highway 8.

Click to see map location.


Features/Facilities:

310 Park Acres * 1/4-Acre Pond * 92 Campsites * Rough Horse Trail * California Trail * Swimming Pool * Rappelling * Volleyball * Playground * Spring fed creek

If you are going rappelling please bring your own equipment.

Red Rock Canyon State Park is located in one of several red sandstone canyons that can be found in this part of the state-- and the history of this area is fascinating. These canyons date back 260 million years when an extensive shallow sea covered the region, bordered on the east by the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains. Sediment eroded from these mountains was carried westward by rivers as the sea receded. This sediment was worked into sand dunes by wind and water and eventually transformed into rock. After millions of years of erosion the canyons became what we see today. Before the mid-1800's, Plains Indians used the canyon as a winter camp for shelter from the cold and as a place to hunt game. With the discovery of gold in California, overland wagon trails were established, such as the California Road, which passed through the current site of the park. Gold-seeking forty-niners used the canyon as a natural landmark for guidance, and a favorite stop for fresh water, as well as a place to stop and repair their wagons.

In the early 1900's the area was made available for homesteads and a public drawing was held to determine ownership of the canyon. Several private and civic organizations operated the park until the Kiwanis Club of Hinton ultimately purchased the land and donated it to the state. The red rock walls of the canyon formed in such a way as to become a favorite area for rapellers to practice their skills. A small spring-fed creek flows through the park to create a heavily wooded environment not normally associated with western Oklahoma. The park also offers camping, picnicking, hiking, and swimming and is a favorite for group camping with a facility to accommodate 160 with 10 bunkhouses and a kitchen/dining hall. Other camping facilities include 5 modern RV sites with all hookups, 46 sites with water and electric, and 30 regular sites for tent camping. Other features include a small 1/4 acre pond, a handicapped accessible swimming pool with a bathhouse, a concession stand, a playground, a volleyball court, 4 comfort stations with showers, several unmarked hiking trails along the canyon sides and rim, and two short interpretative nature trails: the Rough Horsetail Trail (interesting variety of plant life) and the California Road Trail (wagon tracks can still be seen). Fall is an especially auspicious time to visit when the trees in the canyon display their colors. From rock climbers to armchair geologists, visitors will find Red Rock Canyon State Park an appealing destination.

Closest Motel is the Hinton Motel (405)542-3288

Phantom Canyon Ranch has a shaded campground, hiking trails, outdoor stage, steak house in campground specializing in steaks, homemade bread and pies. Ranch can be reserved for large groups, riding clubs or company parties. Phone 405-542-6218.

Park Office: In season from 8am - 5pm, 7 days a week; Off season from 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday; Campgrounds always open. Swimming pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day; Concession stand closed December through March.

Press Release  

Rockhounds will flock to Red Rock Canyon State Park at Hinton for the Oklahoma Mineral and Gem Society’s 9th Annual Spring Rock Swap. Collectors will bring their finest gems, geodes, crystals, fossils and rose rocks for display or trade. This is an informal meeting to swap rock specimens and handmade jewelry with other hobbiests.

"This is one of our most fascinating annual events", says Park Manager David Sutton. "It’s hard to believe there are so many different kinds of rock, and the rock art that some of these artists create is just beautiful." 

One of the most popular events of the swap meet is the "glow show" after dark at 8 PM on Saturday. The "glow show" features stunning, florescent rocks, which glow under special lighting. Club members are always anxious to share their wisdom about the rock we live on, and visitors are encouraged to ask questions and learn. The event is free to the public.

The Oklahoma Mineral and Gem Society’s Spring Rock Swap takes place in the California Road Campground at the south end of the park. Red Rock Canyon State Park is located 5 miles south of Interstate 40 on US 281, on the south side of the city of Hinton. Please contact us, if you're interested.

State council meeting at 1:00pm. (With collection of donations for the scholarship fund.) Auction will be at 2:00pm, or after the council meeting. Pot luck dinner is Saturday night at 6:00pm. Friday is the day the Rockhounds give talks to local schools. Please contact us, if you can help. 

Contacts:
Chet Hazelwood 405-427-1439 chethokc@worldnet.att.net
Phil Rathbun 405-721-4060
George Finley 405-769-5060 roserocking@aol.com
Web site: http://omgs.org


Tent and RV campsites are available at Red Rock Canyon State Park for an exciting and informative weekend during this event. For availability, call the park office at (405) 542-6344. There are full hookups, electrical hookups, and tent camping. 
Check with the ranger for discounts.

Prices are subject to change without notice to Shop Oklahoma.  Please check with park or Okla Dept of Tourism

For information on activities and programs at other Oklahoma State Parks, Resorts or Golf Courses, visit our web site at www.shopoklahoma.com/parks.htm

SCHEDULE OF CAMPING FEES

Primitive: $ 8.00
Semi-Modern: $15.00
Modern: $18.00

GROUP PICNIC SHELTERS: Reservation Fee Per Day

Walnut Grove Shelter (Shelter #2)  

$55.00

Canyon Campground Shelter #3, #4, #5   

$45.00

Canyon Campground Shelter #1 

$40.00

GROUP CAMP: Reservation Confirmation Fee (1st night)   

$200.00

Per Night Fee (first 1 – 50 persons) 

Extra Person Fee (per person per night)       

$200.00

$3.00

                                                             

 Note: when the Group Camp is not reserved

Community Building – Kitchen & Dining Hall     

$100.00

 Sleeping Cabin (with bathhouse)       

 $ 45.00

SWIMMING POOL: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day

    Prices are subject to change, please check with the park office

Adult (13 years and older)  

$2.50

Children (1 to 12 years old)    

$2.00

W/ senior citizen * or totally disabled discount   

$1.25

Twilight Hours Discount (5 PM to 7 PM) Adult      

$1.50

Child 

$1.00

ANNUAL PASS – Individual    

$40.00

ANNUAL PASS – Family   

Special Swims (Group Camp or Reserve Pool)      

$60.00

$1.50

·       SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT: To qualify for this discount you must be an Oklahoma resident or qualify from a reciprocal state that offers Oklahoman’s the same discount. Those states qualifying are:                                     

                  

         1) Alabama                6) Hawaii                11) Mississippi

         2) Arkansas               7) Pennsylvania        12) Missouri

         3) California              8) Kentucky             13) New Hampshire

         4) Delaware               9) Louisiana             14) Tennessee

         5) Georgia                10) Maryland             15) West Virginia

 

Price Changes Effective 04/01/01

Directions: I-40 Exit 101, 5 miles S on Hwy 281.

Features/Facilities: Outdoor Swimming Pool • 310 Park Acres • 1/4-Acre Pond • 52 RV sites • 32 Tent sites • Group Camp • Nature Trails • Rappelling • Volleyball • Playground • Snack Bar • Modern Comfort Station • Group Picnic Shelters • Swimming Pool (Closed on Monday and Tuesday)

Nearby: Hinton Historical Museum • General Thomas Stafford Air & Space Museum, Weatherford • Oklahoma Rt.66 Museum, Clinton • Fort Reno Museum, El Reno • Sugar Creek Canyon Golf Club, Hinton •
 

                                                 

Red Rock Canyon History

Red Rock Canyon Plants

Red Rock Canyon Geology

Red Rock California Road Trail

 

 

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