Bed and Breakfasts
Boats for Rent
Carrie Underwood Message Board
Chambers of Commerce
Choctaw Nation History
Free Fun Stuf
Lakes & Maps
Search this Site
TV and Radio
Travel, Recreation Message Board. Please share your trips & Tips
Okla U.S. Senators
Shop Oklahoma does not make Reservations, you must contact the owners or park reservations
Redrock Canyon State Park
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Click to see map location.
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.
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.
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.
"This is one of our most fascinating annual events", says Park Manager David Sutton. "Its 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 Societys 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.
Chet Hazelwood 405-427-1439 firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Rathbun 405-721-4060
George Finley 405-769-5060 email@example.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.
are subject to change without notice to Shop Oklahoma. Please check with
park or Okla Dept of Tourism
SCHEDULE OF CAMPING FEES
Primitive: $ 8.00
GROUP PICNIC SHELTERS: Reservation Fee Per Day
Note: when the Group Camp is not reserved
SWIMMING POOL: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day
Prices are subject to change, please check with the park office
· SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT: To qualify for this discount you must be an Oklahoma resident or qualify from a reciprocal state that offers Oklahomans the same discount. Those states qualifying are:
1) Alabama 6) Hawaii 11)
13) New Hampshire
10) Maryland 15)
Price Changes Effective 04/01/01
Directions: I-40 Exit
101, 5 miles S on Hwy 281.